Imagine you are engaged in one of your favorite activities—golf, tennis, dancing, singing, or skiing. Every movement is precise—the perfect swing, the perfect pirouette, the perfect C sharp, the perfect ski jump. You are not thinking. Your mind and body are one unit. It feels like a dream. Smooth. No mistakes. In this moment, anything seems possible. Then you begin to analyze and overthink every movement. You worry. Will you fail? Will you trip? Will your voice crack? Perhaps you remember that the last time you went skiing you fell, which causes you to fall. Like a toddler learning to walk, you act with hesitation rather than with confidence and ease. Your focus, timing, and coordination are way off the mark. Physically, emotionally, and mentally you expend more energy trying to perform than actually performing. Your mind has gotten in the way of your success. This happens on an everyday basis. How much energy do you expend thinking, worrying, analyzing, and trying rather than simply being or doing? To the brain your fears and perceived obstacles represent unmanageable stressors. What does this mean? Normally, when the brain perceives a stress to be manageable, it will activate the stress response long enough to take care of the problem. If the stress is perceived to be unmanageable, the stress response will be activated incessantly. This means your heart continues to race, your blood pressure to climb, your digestive system to shut down, or the inflammatory response to heighten. On a daily basis, the persistent activation of the stress response can take a toll on the mind-body system, depleting your energy and ultimately the trust in your own abilities and strengths to manage uncertainty or handle a challenging task. When you empty your mind of its fears – fear that you might fail, that something bad might happen, that the outcome will not be what you expect – you can tap into your inner trust. When you quiet the mind, your inner trust can be heard. You become more centered and balanced within yourself, more relaxed and unattached, yet alert and engaged.