What’s the difference between treading 10 feet of water and 100 feet?
In either scenario, you can’t stand up and touch the bottom when you are tired. You have to tread or you’ll eventually drown.
The consequences are the same. And yet…
The biggest difference is the that the stakes feel higher the deeper the water goes.
Acting that the stakes are higher might elevate your performance. More likely, it is causing unnecessary stress and anxiety.
After all, it’s just treading water.