Monday, September 20, 2021

September 20--Success is Shy

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it. Success is shy; it won't come out while you're watching.  --Tennessee Williams

    I'm doing a book study this fall (see Sept 12 post for details) on "The Way Out--A Revolutionary Scientifically Proven Approach to Healing Chronic Pain." The approach is called Pain Reprocessing Therapy, and one of the components is "outcome independence." The idea is to follow the process and not focus on the outcome, relief of pain, even though that is the success desired. If you work too hard focusing of being free of pain, you stress yourself out and make the pain worse. The Williams quote would have fit perfectly in the "outcome independence" section of the book. 
    I LOVE baseball. (Who knew, right!?!?) The ultimate success in baseball is winning the World Series. However, October is a long way off from April early season games, and while the big goal is well known, nearly every day there is a game to focus on, one day at a time. Players have to stay in the moment of the grind. It takes win after daily win, lots of them, to make the playoffs. 
    With any goal, you do the footwork and hopefully you can coax that shy success to eventually come out. 
    Joyfully anticipating cooler fall weather,

Alas, we're back to "Wait till next year!"

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