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44. Less Stress, More Resilience

While we're all liable to become stressed at times, most of the time we cope remarkably well. Life reliably throws up challenges periodically, large and small, but we have sufficiently good coping strategies to see us through. If people didn't have those, how would anyone manage to do high risk jobs like air traffic control, neurosurgery, bomb disposal, or fire-fighting? The average person coming fresh to the task of dismantling a bomb would be petrified, and not only because they didn't know what to do. It follows that bomb disposal experts must have some pretty stunning coping strategies, ones which don't, presumably, involve focussing on the image of their body distributed in a thousand

43. How Do You Sabotage Yourself?

Many years ago Timothy Galway wrote a book called 'The Inner Game of Tennis'. Up till then, sports coaching had largely focussed on technique, strategies and practice, the 'outer game'. But anyone who regularly endured the excruciating experience of watching Tim Henman play an important match will know that the most technically perfect game can become exceedingly imperfect within a very short time. 'The Inner Game' looked at why that happens, how people sabotage their game, and the principles in that book were taken and used in a series of other books - The Inner Game of Work, Music, Golf, Stress. This week's tip is about how, despite all our undoubted talents, we sometimes manage to scup