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Personal growth and day-tight compartments April 3, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Living in the Now.
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One of the challenges we face after starting a program of personal development is that the increased self-awareness we inevitably create can sometimes lead to discouragement at our perceived lack of quick progress.

When this happens, it can be helpful to try to follow the example of professional athletes who, although facing setbacks and potential failures very day, nevertheless persevere in their efforts to maximize their talents.

If you listen to interviews with professional athletes, their approach to their work usually follows a pattern:

Preparation: They continually prepare for improved performance each day

Focus on today: They try to live in day-tight compartments. Failure yesterday does not mean failure today; rather, today is a new opportunity to do better

Stressing routines: They keep doing the routines that have worked for them in the past and modify them if necessary to achieve better results

Concentration: They focus on the task at hand instead of fretting about missed o0pportunities yesterday, or worrying how they are going to meet challenges tomorrow

Control what can be controlled: They make an effort to concentrate on the elements of their lives that are within their control and try to not worry about the elements that they can’t control