August 13, 2019

Research has created a road map for all runners – and artists, chess players, rock climbers, etc. – who seek the exhilaration you feel when completely absorbed in the pursuit of something difficult. So exactly how do you reach “the zone”?

  • Focus externally on the task – what note comes next in the composition or what slim edge to grip on the rock face – and don’t fret about what other people are thinking or whether your body is moving perfectly.
  • Confidence is essential or “expecting good things to happen.” Often confidence requires believing that a talent is learnable rather than innate. Researchers believe “positive feedback is absolutely critical.” Negative motivation does not work, including the messages we send to ourselves.
  • Embrace autonomy. Choosing when you want feedback or instruction, such as one more demonstration of a dance move, helps you perform better. The simple act of choosing is empowering.
  • Don’t analyze what you’re doing. Quiet your mind.
  • Prepare so you have less to think about. For example, most artists sketch out a drawing before formally composing it.
  • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE to transcend both boredom and anxiety. More expertise helps you to obtain “flow.”

SOURCE: Washington Post, 4/11/19

June 28, 2019

A wealthy San Francisco philanthropist, Florence, Fang, 84, is being sued by the city of Hillsborough over the “Flintstones” home and ground she has created in the suburb.

June 28, 2019

When the first film in the “Toy Story” series was released, Sheriff Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) had 596 animated variables – manipulable controls that create subtle movements and expressions. In “Toy Story 4,” Sheriff Woody has 7,198 animated variables.

June 28, 2019

According to recent surveys, only about half of all small business owners are planning to take a vacation this year.

June 28, 2019

Killfish manage to endure a variety of environments.

June 28, 2019

“The footprints are still there, the striped tread of Neil Armstrong’s boots, caked into dust. There’s no atmosphere on the moon, no wind and no water.


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