Focusing Energy and Intensity

Eric Tonningsen's Awakening to Awareness

“The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.” ~ Colin Powell

How many times have you tried harder? Did it yield the desired outcome? Always? Sometimes? Rarely? Trying harder is your natural response when skills, strategies, or situations are not working as you want or expect. Other people, wanting to help, may tell you to increase your intensity, give more effort, or try harder and it will get better. All of these imply that you need to do more; you just need to try harder to get success. Unfortunately, that is the opposite of what you need to do.

Trying harder increases your stress responses, raises your anxiety, and hurries your mind. You get caught up in the emotions, especially fear and anger, as you become distracted by what isn’t working. As a result, you make more errors, focus on what won’t work and raise…

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