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235: Learn to Love the Process of Practice with Thomas Sterner

By June 21, 2022February 3rd, 2023No Comments

When was the last time you practiced something in order to get better at it?

If you’re into sports or musical instruments you probably have a leg up on most adults, but even then, a lot of people just lean into the skills they already have rather than picking up new ones.

The thing about practicing, or practicing well I should say, is that it’s a total present moment activity.

Alan Watts said, “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

That is powerful. That is what we forget.

So that’s what we’re talking about today. Our guest is Thomas M. Sterner. He is the founder and CEO of The Practicing Mind Institute. He is considered an expert in Present Moment Functioning or PMF. He works with high performance people including athletes, industry groups, and individuals, helping them to operate effectively within high stress situations so that they can break through to new levels of mastery.

We Will Learn

  • Why we find it so much easier to focus on some thing we consider play rather than something we consider work.
  • Why it doesn’t work when we try to enjoy something.
  • 4 techniques he calls the “S Words” that help you to develop control over your practicing mind.


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