Focus on what you control, let other stuff go
In my practice I regularly see clients challenged by the daily stressors of life, but what often compounds their stress (and subsequently, rate of recovery from the stress they experience) is if they choose to allow the things they don’t control in life to “stress them out.” For example, the winter weather this year has been unusually rough, but stressing over the weather doesn’t make a lot of sense since we have no control over it. I’m not saying you can’t be a little frustrated in the morning digging your car out, but to carry that stress with you the rest of the day isn’t a good thing.
Athletes sometimes get caught up in allowing things beyond their control to stress them out — like when they worry about a competitor, or allow a bad referee to get them frustrated. In both of these examples the athlete has little, if any control over the matter, so it may prove to be more beneficial to simply “let go” of those stressors and put the focus back on what is under the athlete’s control — like preparing for the next play.
When we carry around unnecessary stress it’s like having a pebble in your shoe — you know it’s there, and it’s just enough of a nuisance to take you off your game and knock your spirit down a notch. The simple act of letting go of things we don’t control can pay massive dividends, especially over time. Unfortunately, when we let the things we have no control over stress and worry us, it holds us back from being our best, and even leaves us more susceptible for future stress, disease, and illness.
So the bottom line is this: Focus on the things you control in life, and do your best to let go of the things you don’t control. Try it and notice how much better you feel, and how your level of productivity increases as well.
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