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2. Loosen the reins
松开束缚你的缰绳

Do you like to be in control of your life? I used to have a real problem with that because I just could not loosen up in life. I had to have everything just the way I planned; I had to be No.1 all the time (your typical description of an over-achiever.)

你想成为你命运的主人吗?这一问题过去常常困扰着我,因为有些事我就是放不下。我过去常常希望一切事情都如我所计划的那样;我过去常常希望自己总是第一名(就如你对于超级成功人士的那种典型描述)。

The trick about life that I’ve learned is that we are never in full control of our lives. While we can try our best to be the best we can be, sometimes things just happen. They just do.

我从生活这场魔术中所感悟到的就是我们无法全面地掌控自己的生活。而我们所能做的事就是尽我们所能做最好的自己,然后好事就发生了。生活就是这样的。

I do not have to be No. 1 anymore.
我没有必要总去争夺第一名。

I do not have to leap over hurdles to be happy and content.
我没有必要非要跨越障碍才能感受到开心与自得。