Regardless of who you are, when you hear “try easier” you’ll stop and think. You’ll consider what it means.
It’s a favorite line of Tampa Bay Rays manager, Joe Maddon, who guided them to the World Series a year ago.
Right now the team is in a slump – and Maddon is quick to recognize why. They’re trying too hard. They’re uptight. They’re not relaxed.
Players are gripping the bat too hard instead of relaxing and letting the mechanics of their swing work the magic.
One thing I can guarantee you, if their bodies aren’t relaxed – neither is their breathing. The two go hand-in-hand. Stifle your breathing, tense your muscles – and choke the life out of your skills.
Yes, there are many people who don’t play the game of life with a high level of enthusiasm. At the same time there are plenty of others who’ve bought into the “try hard” notion – and they’re getting nowhere.
The secret of success in almost any endeavor is NOT to stop breathing, get tense and feel a sense of hurry, worry and stress.
Putting yourself into a state of panic isn’t the answer.
Anything in life can be improved if you’ll relax your body and breathe more deeply.
You’d think athletes know this better than anyone. But they don’t. One of the reasons for major injury is precisely because of the “try harder” mentality.
When an athlete tries harder, he locks his muscles rigidly into place, stops breathing, then wonders why he got pancaked yet again.
If you’ll recall the moments in your life in which you were in flow, you’ll quickly note how your body was relaxed and you were breathing naturally.
Even right now, as you read this, you can take note of what is going on in your mind and body.
If you’re opposed to what you’ve read, you’re probably not breathing very deeply. Your muscles are probably tight, too.
And if you agree, you’re breathing a sigh of “aaah.” You’re thinking, “Doggone it, that’s so true. I never thought of it that way. But it’s right.”
“Try easier” does not mean that you don’t give it all you’ve got. Quite the contrary. You give it MORE than you ever have before because your mind, body and spirit are aligned.
When you breathe deeply you’ve let spirit into your body. When you relax, you let nature move through you. And when you’re able to effectively react to whatever comes your way – you’re way ahead in the game.
Breathe deeply and relax your body.
Remove self-imposed struggle and resistance from your actions – and watch your results soar.
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