There is the careful balance of pushing yourself relentlessly, but not so hard that you melt down. Muscles and minds need to stretch to grow, but if stretched too thin, they will snap. A competitor needs to be process-orientated, always looking for stronger opponents to spur growth, but it is also important to keep on winning enough to maintain confidence. We have to release our current ideas to soak in new material, but not so much that we lose touch with our unique natural talentd. Vibrant, creative idealism needs to be tempered by a practical, technical awareness.
However, life continues to be, as it has always been, unpredictable, and none of us can really control much of it.
Grieving Mindfully by Sameet Kumar