An idea I learned about a while back:
We’re always either moving in one of two directions––expansion or contraction.
We’re either experiencing expansion––a feeling of positivity, openness to growth, and an overall feeling like we’re moving toward what we want to have in our life …
Or we’re contracting.
When contracting, it kind of feels like everything is wrong, like it’s all “too much” and we just feel like giving up.
Sometimes we’re expanding or contracting in very small, slow ways, and sometimes it all feels very accelerated.
But either way, we’re always doing one or the other.
And the key to making sure we can maximize our potential is in knowing which stage we’re in at any given time, and then creating an appropriate game plan for how to proceed.
So if I’m expanded, I give myself more ambitious tasks to do: taking shots at bigger games, working on bigger projects, etc.
And when I’m contracting, it’s the opposite.
I’ll try and focus more on the nuts and bolts of what I know I can accomplish even though I’m not in the best of spirits.
That way, I maximize the energy of expansion, and remain productive when contracting.
If you want to make sure you’re riding the ebbs and flows of life in a way that honors where you’re at while still making sure you get everything done that you want, this is the way through.
Expand, contract, and do what feels good.
Till next time,
Jason Su is the mindset and performance coach at Poker Detox and author of Poker with Presence: Unlocking the Final 15%.
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