Most people miss use the word anxious when they really mean eager. Anxious comes from the root word anxiety.
We define anxious as experiencing failure in advance. Eager, its antonym, indicates anticipation.
When you hunt with anticipation, you will highlight the highs. You'll double down on the things that will delight and push yourself even harder to apply the tactics and strategies which bring success. If this is going to work, might as well build something that's going to be truly worth building.
If you hunt with anxiety, on the other hand, you'll be covering the possible lost bets, you'll be insuring against disaster and most of all, building deniability into all of your actions. When you hunt under the cloud of anxiety, the best strategy is to play it safe, because if (when!) it fails, you'll be blameless.
Not only is it more fun to hunt with anticipation, it's often a self-fulfilling point of view.
I feel very fortunate to have been raised in a rural community nestled in the rugged mountains of Idaho. In my youth, the locals paid little attention to game laws and seasons. Back then everyone hunted for meat. There was a certain amount of red meat that was needed be brought in to get everyone through the winter and we hunted until that supply was met. Hunting wasn’t for sport. It was for survival. We killed a lot deer. Those were the run, gun, and grin days of hunting here in Idaho. I loved every minute of it.
Times have changed. Those days are gone. But I would like to thank all the old-timers who so freely shared their hunting lore and secret spots with me. The lessons have not been forgotten. Thank you all.