Thomas M. Sterner is the author of Fully Engaged and the bestseller The Practicing Mind. He is the founder and CEO of the Practicing Mind Institute and an expert in Present Moment Functioning, or PMF. He works with high-performance industry groups and individuals, including athletes, helping them to operate effectively in high-stress situations so that they break through to new levels of mastery. He is accomplished as a musician, composer, and technician in various fields of music; as a recording and audio engineer; and in athletic pursuits from archery to golf. Top media outlets such as NPR, Fox News and Forbes have sought his advice. He speaks around the world on developing focus and discipline and lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Visit him online at

Focus on the process, not the product. It’s OK not to know how to achieve your goal; just begin. Get it out there–even if it isn’t perfect. You can learn as you go. Stop judging yourself and your progress. I was 30 and working on a doctorate in education before these concepts began to surface in my life. They were a far cry from what my parents and teachers had taught me. It’s just another way of saying: trust and have faith in the unknown. All you really need to do is focus on where you are right this second and not let your mind spin out into the future. It’s akin to the answer to the famous question, How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. But what about business plans and strategic plans and sketching your art work before you paint it? Even if you believe in focusing on the process, doing it is quite another thing given the pressure most of us feel to do it now and do it perfectly. Please join us Thursday to learn how to let go of judgment and enjoy the process.

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