´ The Pressure of Focusing on the Good
May 17, 2014

The downside of a famous Gandhi quote “Be the change you want to see in the world” is that it can put a lot of pressure on you. I don’t doubt that Gandhi was right about this but I observed a curious thing: taking this quote to heart can lead you to freeze.

Now I don’t want to preach hypocritical behaviour or cast doubt on the necessity to practice what you preach. It’s just if you expect this kind of behaviour from yourself every day it can make you want to give up or not even begin something worthwhile. If that’s where you’re heading it’s better to forget the quote, self-development and positive psychology for a while and do whatever is necessary to keep going. In some cases that might mean to not do anything at all apart from hitting the pub or turning into a couch-potato for a while. Sometimes we need a breather and that’s okay. The more accepting we are of ourselves and our need to rest or take time off something important mentally, the more likely it is, that we will return to the important stuff in life with more vigour. Taking advantages of natural rhythms pays off so much more than fighting ourselves and trying to overcome everything with a ever-growing arsenal of tactics.


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