• Jason Griffing

The Soft Zone

External circumstances are beyond our control. High-level performance requires that we learn to work with this fact. If we don't learn this skill, high-pressure situations leave us like a brittle twig, ready to snap. Getting into the soft zone is about being more like a blade of grass, flexing and unbroken even during hurricane-force winds.


Mastery of external circumstances happens in three phases:


  1. First, we learn to flow with whatever circumstances arise.

  2. Next, we learn how to use these circumstances to our advantage.

  3. Finally, we learn to create our own inspiration, becoming less and less dependent on external circumstances.


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