When we are pressured, we go back to our defaults. It’s something that we do both physically (such as in sports), and in our daily lives.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance to create defaults that are what we deem “good”. These are the things you’re going to fall back on when life gets hectic and you can’t add anything more.
During these times, you’re going to unconsciously move to your defaults. If you’re defaults are good, you can rest assured knowing that you will continue making a bit of progress in your craft.
The challenge, then, is to figure out how to change your defaults. The answer can be seen from sports, expressed as such:
If you want to get better at badminton, don’t shoot free throws.
Put another way: specificity is key. The more you practice your craft, the more the habit will become ingrained. Furthermore, the way in which you practice your craft will become habit as well. This is what your defaults will become.
Every day, you have a choice in the things you do. By taking the time to create better defaults for yourself, you’re gaining an advantage. Instead of being at the whims of your defaults when the stress in life is at a maximum, you’ll be content with what you do.