He who looks too hard at the outside gets clumsy on the inside

When you’re betting for stones in an archery contest, you shoot with skill.

When you’re betting for fancy belt buckles, you worry about your aim.

And when you’re betting for real gold, you’re a nervous wreck.

Your skill is the same in all three cases – but because one prize means more to you than another, you let outside concerns weigh on your mind.

He who looks too hard at the outside gets clumsy on the inside.

-Chuang Tzu

This came into my inbox a few days ago. It’s relevant to where I am in life right now. When things don’t matter, I’m doing great. When important things are on the line, I don’t do so well. I’ve written about my trials in this, and also what I’m doing about it and how it’s working well.

Just good things to keep in mind.