Relishing the Journey
Since over the past few weeks, I’ve written extensively on the current-affair implications of the inside-out paradigm, in this post, let’s turn our attention back to the foundation of performance.
Fact is: If you’re an athlete, coach, executive, writer, gardener, artist, or performer of any kind—these days, it’s virtually impossible to avoid the deluge of self-help advice or tips (coping strategies, mental practices, and techniques) on what to do when your state of mind waivers.
However, you can know this:
1. None of them will work.
If you’ve ever used a coping strategy and then felt better, the strategy is not what caused you to feel better.
2. No matter how you feel, a state of mind cannot be abnormal.
Negative feelings are an essential part of the human experience; it would be abnormal to not have them.
3. The mind is designed to ebb and flow.
And it will do so—move from positive to negative and back again—to the degree that you don’t try to fix what’s not broken (don’t obstruct the ebb and flow through the use of coping strategies).
4. Every person alive owns a psychological immune system.
The psyche—soul, spirit, or connection to God—is durable; 100 percent resilient.
5. Your psychological immune system always has your back.
When you know, I mean deeply know, that your psychological immune system will not abandon you, the need to cope or look outside for answers automatically fades. Then relishing the journey (the ebb and flow) becomes simple, even enjoyable.
Inward and up,