Channeling deeper focus with emotions (Josh Waitzkin)

I’m definitely one to try and suppress emotion at times, which is why I love how Josh Waitzkin thinks about using emotions to one’s unique advantage. This quote is from his book, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence.

“There are performers who recognize the disruptive potential of emotions and try to turn them off, become cold, detached, steely. For some personalities this might work, although in my opinion denial tends to melt down when the pressure becomes fierce. Then there are those elite performers who use emotion, observing their moment and then channeling everything into a deeper focus that generates a uniquely flavored creativity. This is an interesting, resilient approach based on flexibility and subtle introspective awareness. Instead of being bullied by or denying their unconscious, these [performers] let their internal movements flavor their fires.”