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

If you find yourself scratching your head at the proliferation of pink on your retailer’s shelf, keep in mind:

June 28, 2019

Happy birthday America!

May 31, 2019

Small Business Tech Bulletins for June

May 31, 2019

Cambridge Investment Research advises that small businesses run these “fire drills” to prepare for emergencies:

May 31, 2019

Proof that families come in all shapes, sizes and species, three eagles – two dads and a mom – raised three, fluffy-feathered eaglets in a nest near the Mississippi River this past spring.


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