“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ” It is not hard to agree with Aristotle, and I recall many times when I would have such insights and I criticized myself for not doing better, not trying harder. Often, after such a realization, I would resolve to try my hardest, do my best, at every task, no matter what the conditions. This invariable led to sickness and injury.
I have an exercise for you this week that will invariably produce excellence, without the injury and illness. Not only
That is such an incredible claim, that I want you to think deeply
But it is true.
The word is
I took the word, “kaizen,” which means
Whenever you do one of the exercises in our system you will finish with, “
Most writers use examples from dieting and sex to make a point. I will leave the sex up to your own imagination, but let me give you an example from dieting that will make the whole concept clear.
Let’s say that you are overweight and you have a vision
Does this sound trivial? Colin Powell said, “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
As I write these words it is 2:45 AM and I could go back to bed, but I will work a little more. “
This will all make more sense when we make clear that you are joining a system, not just reading a narrative. As I have said there are many wonderful books very similar to this one, I will later list some and hope you read them. But while some have exercises, we have an entire system of transformation. This is huge because
It’s objective is what I am going to call focused self-actualization. That’s because self-actualization means to become what you really are, or were meant to be, and I want you to be the hero of the adventure that is your own life.
Miyamoto Musashi, our Ronin paradigm, said, “There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” But how do we access this inner treasure trove? With the 1eye system. A little bit at a time, small acts each day, repeated constantly will form a habit, and you will become that habit. The small change of being rewarded with the word
I have the habit of tilting my head forward slightly when I practice martial arts, even when I walk. Now, when I catch myself and line up correctly, I subvocalize, “
Vince Lombardi famously said, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” And I say that Kitezen represents a vector toward that excellence. With its
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