In the Japanese martial art Aikido, there is an amazing demonstration called the Strong Arm exercise.
You stand with your arm at 90 degrees and get someone to push down on your arm to try and force it to your side. Your instructs are to resist that person with all your force and will.
Your arm always loses this battle. The force is simply too great.
You then are instructed to put your arm out at 90 degrees and imagine a water hose coming from your solar plexus, going up your chest and along your arm out to your hand.
You then imagine, that like a fire hose, you are pushing water at enormous pressure through your hose, out through your hand to the other side of the room.
You are then instructed to firstly shoot it through the window to the building across the road, then to extend that for two whole blocks of powerful water pressure. At that stage, your instruction is that your partner will push down heavily on your arm, but you are not to resist it, but to continue focusing on pumping the enormous amount of water out the window, right across to two blocks away. The result is always, your partner cannot move your arm…and you are putting no effort whatsoever to resist their push. It’s an amazing experience.
It’s also a good analogy to describe what happens when you clarify your Vision, Purpose and Mission.
You see, when you create a clear, resounding and inspiring vision of a worthy and ambitious undertaking having been achieved, when you create something amazing from your present now, to happen in the future; you are hooking yourself into the conduit energy. There’s something quite wonderful about how a vision can effect and galvanise your resources and actions. You can also hook into what Robert Fritz, in his book: The Path of Least Resistance, calls Structural Tension.
This is augmented if you articulate a purpose that resonates and inspires you. Now the purpose already exists in your vision – you just have to search for it like Michelangelo sculpts. Think about what the outcome of your vision will enable you to do. Your purpose is the context your goal exists underneath, like a roof over it’s head. Your purpose, especially if it’s going to benefit more than you, if it’s about truth and love, then it will hook you directly into the conduit energy flow.
And finally, your mission enables you to identify the core actions and results you need to perform and achieve every day, day in and day out. This focus really helps you with you making consistent actions that move you toward achieving your goals.
However, when you regularly review your vision and your purpose, they uplift your daily actions and imbue them with conduit energy.
If you want to achieve great things and don’t want to drain your battery dry, make sure you have a clear and inspiring vision that you read every day, a written purpose for daily review and you keep your mission in front of you to guide your actions.
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