Several months ago I offered some decontrol suggestions to Albert Pujols on how he could come out of the horrendous batting slump he was mired in following his signing a record breaking contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
At the time, he was batting a measly .194 with NO home runs!
Remarkably, in the three months since he has hit .303 with 24 home runs and 71 runs batted in.
Why? Because he let go of control!
Pujols confirmed this in the lead article in the August 13 Sports Section of the Los Angeles Times entitled “On a Barrel Roll, ” where he remarked:
“I think everyone was pressing, not just myself, but I was the face because I signed the big contract, and I had to show people I was worth every penny.”
Significantly, Pujols wents on to say:
“When I decided not to try to do too much, that’s when things started to turn.”
This aptly illustrates one of the major catalysts of our unproductive and often harmful controlling actions.
Pressing and trying to do too much.
All of which removes us from “life’s natural currents.” Only when we are willing to lose control, are we able to engage and act more intuitively and expansively within the natural flow of life—whether it be our work lives, our home lives, creative lives—or in Albert Pujol’s case, our sports and performance lives.
The next time you are mired in a “slump,” try letting go of control. And please let me know how it worked for you.
In the meantime, remember to
Let It Go–and Accept “What Is!”
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