Find a comfortable seat. Take a few, deep centering breaths and imagine this scenario:
You're given a new key to unlock a door. Your first attempt at opening the door fails. No matter how hard you try, which way you turn it, or how hard you pull on the door, it just won't unlock. As frustration sets in, you begin to violently shake the door handle, bring up dramatic thoughts "this door will never open...it must be the wrong key", and consider giving up. You take a step back, clear your thoughts, breathe in, breathe out and decide to try agin. This time, with just one smooth motion, the door unlocks. All you needed was to "try easier".
The same thing applies in our yoga practice. Sometimes, we become so focused on trying to achieve an asana or posture that we try to engage every muscle, find perfect alignment and force the pose. However, it is when we step back and reconsider what it is we are trying to achieve that we find ourselves successful in our practice. When the time has come that we have done everything to prepare, the posture will happen naturally and effortlessly.
Off the mat, however this idea is less straightforward. What "locks" are you forcing the key (yourself) into? Relationships, jobs, projects, problems... Consider an issue that you have recently felt stuck in. No matter how hard you try or what approach you take, it just doesn't seem to work out. Can you step back, breathe, and evaluate the situation with kindness and without judgment? Perhaps the next time you confront this issue "trying easier" will help you to overcome it. Instead of forcing it, allow time, thoughtfulness, and nature to take over and allow yourself to experience what is truly meant to be.
Just imagine what wonderful things are awaiting you behind locked doors!