If you’re a fitness fanatic then you’re probably aware of the concept of a target heart rate. It involves the idea that if you push yourself too hard physically, the benefits of exercise will be less than optimal. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is an analogous concept in psychology.
Melody Wilding is a performance coach and licensed social worker who specializes in helping others overcome mental and emotional challenges of developing a successful career and a balanced life. In the following article she explains that if you seek growth it’s best to aim for “the zone of proximal development”.