Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Aristotle had it right 2000 years ago

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

You can be awesome at whatever you set your mind to....

...There is something wonderfully empowering about this. It suggests we have remarkable capacity to influence our own outcomes. But that's also daunting. One of Ericsson's central findings is that practice is not only the most important ingredient in achieving excellence, but also the most difficult and the least intrinsically enjoyable.

If you want to be really good at something, it's going to involve relentlessly pushing past your comfort zone, along with frustration, struggle, setbacks and failures...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Power in Surrender - Lesson from My Mat

Something new happened during my Bikram yoga class last night.  About 40 minutes in, I felt extremely nauseous and like I might pass out (this isn't the new part).  Instead of fighting it, though -- my normal response ("you got this." "power through." "Bengal tiger strength.") This time, I surrendered to it.  I surrendered to What Is.  I am okay with whatever happens to me.  As soon as I let go, let it all go, the feeling passed.  And, I was okay--even at peace.  Sometimes fighting-through is not the answer.  Sometimes there is more power in your surrender.