In high school my track coach taught me a valuable skill: how to run relaxed. Since I did events like the 100 and 200 I didn’t have time to relax in a race, or so I thought. My coach told me during practice you have to relax your mind, calm your heartbeat, and pretend that your running a constant easy pace. In your mind all is well, meanwhile your feet are scrambling to keep up with competitors.
Lately, I have been thinking about this practice and how it helped me succeed in track. I think this same logic can be applied to life. We can keep our head focused and calm while we work nimbly to keep pace with whatever life throws at us. If we remain calm, we can function at a highly productive rate. Next time you are in a bind where time is of essence and you can’t see the finish line keep calm and push on.