The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life by Thomas Sterner presents the basic principle for success – to attach yourself to process, which you can control and not to outcome, which you cannot control.
Takeaways for today from the Practicing Mind:
- When you focus on the process, the desired product takes care of itself.
- When you focus on the product, you immediately begin to fight yourself and experience boredom, restlessness, frustration and impatience with the process.
- When you focus your mind on the present moment, on the process of what you are doing right now, you are always where you want to be and where you should be.
- When you focus your mind on where you want to end up, you are never where you are and you exhaust your energy with unrelated thoughts.
- When you are aware and in the present it gives you the constant positive reinforcement of reaching your goal over and over again.
- When your mind is only on the finished product, you feel frustrated in every second that you have not met your goal and experience anxiety in every mistake.
- When focused on the product, every mistake is a barrier, something delaying you from realizing your goal.
- When focused on the process, there are no mistakes and no judging, you are just learning and doing, there is nothing to judge.
Shifting your perspective from the final product to the process maybe the key you need to reduce stress, release pressure and achieve more, while enjoying each day as it comes.
Nothing new and a great reminder for a lazy Sunday.