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Finding Success in Anything: On Striving Versus Effort

Over 300 people from around the world are right in the middle of a six month training program called¬†A Course in Mindful Living.¬†One of the first elements of this program is learning how to calm your nervous system and bring energy into the moment. The combination of calm, energy and focus is the trifecta for effective learning and integration of whatever we’re attending to.

If we want to be successful in anything, whether it’s a meditation practice, learning guitar or fostering connection in our relationships, these three skills are highly important.

But in learning anything, there’s a very clear nuance that could be the difference between failure and success.

That is whether we approach it with the mindset of “effort” versus “striving.”

For most of us, our natural inclination is to strive toward an outcome. If you’re learning skills on how to


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