Full transcript of precision shooter Christina Bengtsson’s TEDx Talk: The Art of Focus – a Crucial Ability @ TEDxGöteborg conference. Christina Bengtsson is a world class athlete, author, lecturer, entrepreneur, and military officer in the Swedish Armed Forces. She is the author of the book “The Art of Focus: 10,9.”
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Christina Bengtsson – World Class Athlete, Author, Lecturer
In the fall of 2005, I find myself at the Military World Championship in shooting.
I’m in the lead in the final, and I have one shot left to shoot.
The target is 50 meters away, and the ten is 10.4 millimeters.
What is it that determines if I shoot a nine or a ten? Is it the physics, the technique, the relaxation or the breathing?
No, those are abilities that everybody at that level has been training for years. It’s all about the thoughts I think and why I think them. This is what focus is about.
When I was 23 years old, I felt that I had a kind of capacity, an inner drive and an energy that I didn’t really know how to handle. And it frustrated me, not knowing what to do or where to go in this world.
I was completely lost. And the only solution I could think of was trying to become best in the world at… something. I had no idea in what. But I decided to become a world champion.