Friday, February 4, 2011

Stakes and Pressure

When something is high pressure, or there's a lot of outcome/perceived outcome on the line, we act differently than we act when there's not a lot of pressure--we actually perform worse in this situation.  That may not be so revelatory, but consider how much self-inflicted pressure we have concerning personal consumption patterns, and a quest to change those patterns, and it might make sense to take steps to decrease pressure in any way possible--and not with counterbalancing anti-activity pressure, but, you know, with some other activity.  Take everything out of the arena of drama, and try some patterned routine behaviors for a while.  For me, these are actually more rewarding and sustaining than the former. 

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