“When an archer is shooting for enjoyment, he has all his skill; when he shoots for a brass buckle, he gets nervous; when he shoots for a prize of gold, he begins to see two targets.”
Here is a phenomenon that happens in sports and life…
When people feel pressure, they begin to try harder and then they fail.
Remember, it’s not pressure, it’s perception.
The best athletes relax more and have more fun when there’s more on the line. And it’s a choice isn’t it?
Can you see pressure? No, so that means it’s only in your mind.
Relaxing more when the pressure’s on may be a paradigm shift for most of you, but try it.
When I’m practicing yoga, and I feel that I can’t hold a pose any longer, or that it is too difficult, I mindfully breathe smoother and deeper – I relax more. I sometimes even smile and then something amazing happens…it becomes easier.
Look at the bamboo tree. It is flexible in the toughest of winds. If it wasn’t, it would break.
Instead of tightening up and trying harder, loosen up and try smarter.
In relationships, if someone is arguing with you, instead of arguing back, try sending love and see what kind of results you get.
You can apply this mindset to all areas of life.
Thanks for reading.