How to win at darts (and life)

Professional dart players will tell you that winning at darts is a lot like winning at life. There are ups and downs. Days that make you want to quit and days that make you think you can’t miss. Here are some ideas on how to win at both darts and life: 

  1. Stay calm. Life’s too short to dwell on a bad throw. Quickly pick up the next dart and let it fly. You only have two options after you throw a bad dart: you can either get bitter or get better. If you choose to get better, take a few deep breaths, focus on what you want to hit next and remain focused on the game, not on how you’re performing. 
  2. Let it go. The only thing holding you back is yourself. When it comes to making a mistake, learn from what you did wrong, make adjustments, then move on. Have a short memory in this regard. Remember, the mindset necessary for winning at darts (and life) is: “Things are never as bad or good as they seem.” Learn to let it go and move on. 
  3. Believe in yourself. Nothing will work until you do. It’s difficult to believe in yourself if you know you haven’t prepared properly. Trust that your hard work will pay off in the end. Never stop learning or pushing yourself. Keep your eye on the target and continually reaffirm to yourself that you belong. 

It’s funny how much of life has to do with our attitude and mindset. That’s what makes darts such a great metaphor. Although it can be easy to get distracted by all the colors and numbers, when we focus on a small target, great things happen.