Ease Or Struggle – There Is A Choice

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This will be one of my shorter posts.  But don’t let the short length fool you.  It may well be one of my most important posts, ever.  If it whets your appetite you may want to read the more detailed article that’s linked to it.

The gist of the message is simply this.  In most areas of life we can progress through great effort and will, but there is often a way to accomplish as much or more via “flow”.

Flow is that ease, where things just feel like they almost can’t go wrong, and it doesn’t feel like work.  It’s almost as if you think it and it is so.  Athletes refer to this as “being in the zone”.

Of course there are things we need to do in life that are just flat out hard.  And sometimes there simply is no easy way.

But the longer I am alive the more convinced I am that I frequently work at things much harder than I have to, and that the extra effort adds nothing of worth to the result.

In fact, I often find that the extra effort and the mental and emotional state I am in when I am working so hard actually detract from the result.  The best results I get are usually when I am working in “the flow”, “in the zone”, or almost allowing the work to get done rather than sweating my brains out to accomplish something.

Until a few years ago, I observed this but had no clue as to the cause.  I had no idea about why I sometimes got great results with ease and other times obtained disappointing results with great effort.

I sensed that there had to be a piece of the puzzle that I was missing.  A couple of years ago I found it.

Hint:  This is not a gimmick.  This is not about repeating affirmations, nor does it have anything to do with the myriad sets of pop psychology techniques that clutter today’s personal growth landscape.

Have I got your interest?

If so, you might want to check this out: Why Do Some People Have The Midas Touch?.

Please feel free to send me your comments and feedback: You can e-mail me, or post your comments on the blog.

jeff@myhealthoptimizer.com

To your empowerment and health!

Jeff Bell

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2 Comments

  1. Bill Sanders
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Jeff,
    This is a wonderful introduction to NLP. It’s hard to believe I have not already been to one of those weekend workshops. But I would like to go. I have been able to quit many bad habits by sheer willpower so far – smoking being the toughest. But I still indulge in junk food (which you mentioned) and wish I could stop. I hate to go out alone to a bar or party, so I stay home instead – and miss out on a social life. Even the apostle Paul mentioned in Romans: …but I do the very thing I hate to do – woe is me! I have heard that women have a 6th sense that enables them to determine if a man’s words match his body language. If he is not CONGRUENT, they can tell and will be repelled. Sounds like me.

    • admin
      Posted November 2, 2009 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your kind words about my article. I do think that NLP is one of the great breakthroughs in human development. And I have resources to recommend for those wishing to learn more about it.

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