Often times, we hear the phrase mind over body. Whatever the mind can believe and conceive it can achieve. Whether you think you can or you can’t you are always right. The limits of your mind are the limits of your life.

As the mind is so powerful, perhaps it can always play jedi tricks on us. Sometimes it voices to us, “Wait another day longer. Perhaps it was just not meant to be. Do you think you are good enough. There is no evidence you will succeed, why suffer through the pain?”

Especially true with uncharted territory. The mind runs on auto pilot and once it entertains a thought that brings it out of the comfort zone, it pulls the emergency brake and says STOP! you weren’t meant to do that. Don’t be stupid.

And so comes the argument that the brain is our most important body organ.

But wait a minute! Physiologically , isn’t that wrong. Because if the heart stops, does the brain continue working?

Consider this.

The brain is a supercomputer that does not stop working, 100 per cent effort, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, from the time you were born till the time…….Till the

Till the time you see your crush. Or till the time you walk into the exmination hall and is given the scariest paper of your life. It stops working. And who takes over? It is the heart.

In the words of Celine Dion, via Power of the Dream : “The mind can take you far. The rest is just your heart.” When you wear your heart on your sleeve, you seem to surmount powers of invincible gumption to fight your battles. Like how you would jump out of your bed to reply a long-awaited text from the girl who stays in your heart. And before this your smart phone had already sent you 30 alarms only to be slammed in the face with the word snooze. Or how when it is your mum’s cooking you will eat with all your heart, even though your stomach has no space. Or how when you see someone bullying your little bother, or 10 people bullying him for that matter, you will stand in front of the gang of 10 and say with your heart , “Nobody has the right to bully my little bother! That honour shall be mine alone!”

People are persuaded by logic and moved by emotion. Think about some inspirational figure in your life. You probably couldn’t remember what he said, what theory he shared, how he said it. But you would never forget how he made you feel.

The greatest distance in the world is to move from the head to the heart. But once the heart wins the battle with the head, nothing can stop you. When the heart wants something, even the mind can’t stop it. Even the hard can’t stop it.

Like in the words of Muhammad Ali, ” Champions come and go, but to be legendary you got to have heart, more heart than the next man. More than anyone in the world.”

So every time you are in doubt, when you are down in the dumps, when you feel besieged, overwhelmed and petrified by the challenge ahead, put your hands on the heart. Feel it. Hear it. That’s called purpose. That’s why you are here.

That’s your heart over the hard.