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Chapter 1. Introduction > A Three-Week Commitment

A Three-Week Commitment

The core skills and habits presented in the following chapters form the foundation on which stress mastery is based. They are absolutely necessary if you are to be able to cope gracefully with the demands placed on you by life. To acquire them will require an initial investment of time and focus. We ask that for the next three weeks, you dedicate yourself to stress mastery training. There are only two requirements to do this. The first is that you commit fifteen minutes a day to practice, so that you may learn to quiet your body. The second is that you commit to remember that you are in training as you go about your daily routines. These are your three weeks of stress mastery training! Make thinking about and applying what you read a priority during this time. We promise that you will ultimately gain time as a result of the increased energy and improved concentration you will experience. As you learn to master your stress, other priorities in your life will become clearer. You might find that not only are you climbing the ladder of success, but also that you know for sure that the ladder is against the right wall. As a result, the quality of your time will improve.

In order to support your efforts in achieving these outcomes, we strongly suggest that you write a journal about your experiences. While daily journal writing is certainly commendable, two entries per week for three weeks will suffice. The act of writing down your experiences and reflecting on them is an exquisite vehicle for remaining conscious and aware of all their different aspects. This in turn allows you to remember the many choices you have when confronting any situation.


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