The Law of Use
• The warrior understands that what is measured improves. He also recognizes that in order to reach his true potential, he must practice his arts and tactics as often as possible. When walking, standing or sitting he is constantly training his mind, body and spirit. He is constantly reading or listening to that which will make him a better person.
• What you don’t use goes away – use it or lose it, as the saying goes. Well the mind doesn’t necessarily go, but it fades pretty fast. The goal is to work smarter not harder and this is accomplished by being creative. Creativity is a product of self-esteem. Having lots of options gives one the sense of control and increases self-esteem.
The Law of Mind Exercise
• Kihon Renshu is used to develop the body for karate techniques, but what techniques do we use to train the mind? Wu Wei is the first concept in training the mind, which translates as no unnecessary action. While in the physical world, more power means better results, in the mind less is more. We learn to trust our instincts and learn that the mind works best with faith and relaxation.
Through practice, the warrior learns to use the power of his mind to redirect hostile intentions and to bring positive things into his life. The true warrior is always able to use his most powerful weapon – the mind.
The Law of Self Renewal
• The warrior knows there is a time to rest and a time to press forward. All tasks are achieved much more easily when we do not forget to take time for ourselves. By spending a few minutes in solitude and reflection, many times we save time once we start doing. As Stephen Covey explains, there was a man trying to saw down a tree and when asked why he didn’t take time to sharpen his saw, he said he was too busy cutting. Take time to sharpen the saw. Most successful people get up early and spend the first hour of the day reading or listening to self-growth material. By starting the day off by taking care of yourself, you are bound to have a better day.
The Law of the Now
• To become a master, you must learn to incorporate these universal truths into your everyday life. This tactic begins with paying attention to the here and now. Standing, sitting, walking and lying down are The 4 Virtues according to Chinese thought. The civilian thinks these things easy but the warrior knows differently. Of course the warrior seeks excellence, but achieves it through concentration on the basic things. He ‘learns to do the basic things very well and goes back to them often. As Nietzche put it, “The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”
• Super productive people have the ability to handle most things the first time by simply doing it now. Here are 5 steps to effective time management:
• Have clear and precise goals
• Make clear, detailed plans
• Make a to do list everyday
• Set priorities, 80% of value comes from 20% of activities
• Concentrate on single handling – finish it now