Anne Bogart writes, in and then, you act (NY: Routledge, 2007):
At Columbia University … during the first year of training we insist that the directors cast, design, and stage two full productions per week with very little technical support.
Let that description sink in.
Usually, by the third week the directors feel drained and desperate. Their customary menagerie of director tricks is, by now, used up. Under the pressure of the intense schedule and the inherent difficulties and obstacles of putting up work in such an environment, the directors finally buckle down and start to work in the present moment, responding with the necessary courage to the task at hand, using whatever wit, muscles, courage, and skill they can conjure. They learn to slow down inside and to make room for innovation inside of a very finite objective time pressure (139).
In what capacities or arenas have you learned to accept the pressure of the present moment as a means to transform your relationship to the work, rather than an obstacle to its completion or success?