I think it’s fairly common knowledge that trying too hard to reach a goal can, if fact, block, hinder, or just make the process of progress a bit unenjoyable.
When we try too hard we can fall in to circular processes. Good, we’re taking action, we to think , but actually we’re not making progress and that’s not helpful.
An important element of our energy for goal progress is staying in a sweet spot of taking action, without control. To push ourselves but not to push ourselves too hard.
One way of doing this is just letting ourselves be free in a task. To take away any rule or evaluation. To make progress without the constraints of extremely high standards.
To just progress and to know that progress is always a step closer to the goal.
Instead of battering ourselves to “try harder!” progress sometimes asks us to “try easier!”