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Old January 19, 2018, 02:06 PM   #2
JohnKSa
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Good observation.

This is all about functioning within your realistic abilities without going slower (not being quick) than you need to and without going faster (hurrying) than you are really able.

In competition, I call this: "Shooting my own game." I know what I can do and what I can't. As long as I operate within the bounds of my competence (not going slower than necessary, not going faster than my ability can support) I do quite well. When I try to hurry, my performance degrades.

If you watch competitions, you can see this play out both ways. People who are not tremendously skilled but who operate very consistently can win by "shooting their own game" over people who are more talented and skilled but who are "trying to outshoot the other guy" and end up performing amazingly well some of the time and crashing and burning the rest of the time.

It takes a good deal of practice to learn one's limitations and even more practice to change them.
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