The three-second rule

When a compliment is received, eg "You have good character," enjoy the rush of satisfaction, process it for three seconds and move on.

Similarly when a mistake is made, eg resources were accidentally wasted, experience the rush of dissatisfaction at a level appropriate to the mistake, process it for three seconds and move on.

Moving on means doing next whatever is appropriate, or whatever is going to be done in any case. It may or may not include conscious analysis and schematic development that take into account what just happened three seconds ago.

What it will not include is prolonged release of endorphins or adrenaline into the bloodstream, perpetuating a cycle of mechanical replay of the experience, whether satisfying or stressful.

Bypassing these endless loops of memory replay leaves more time and energy for living and creative production.

What it takes to do this is to be aware that something is happening and to turn off its alert  signal before proceeding. Otherwise the constant stream of psychological alarms, buzzers and flashing indicator lights sets up a neurohabituation that becomes hard to attenuate, experienced eg as addiction to suffering.

Reducing unnecessary playback of experiences allows a move to a #levelup of life experience and action -- personally, organizationally and universally.

"A player may not remain in their free-throw lane for more than 3 seconds while their team is in control of the ball in the frontcourt"
- World Basketball Seminar Clinic Book, paraphrased

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