- Sun Tzu
When things aren’t going your way, when the enemy is swarming you, when all you’re hearing is “no,” when the order of things seems more chaotic than settled—these are places where opportunity lies.
Rarely do we accomplish personal greatness when we are comfortable. But when the stakes are raised, when the going gets tough, we—the tough—get going.
That doesn’t mean you need to install a painful set of circumstances to achieve success.
However, we can use the energy of those inevitable chaotic moments against itself and toward our favor—much like a great aikido master would use an assailant’s energy against himself.
Spending time getting upset is time wasted toward finding a solution.
Why is the enemy attacking? What is their strength? What is their weakness? What is a good part of the enemy I can emulate?
Why is everyone saying “no?” Is it in the way that I ask? Is my ask beneficial to the other person? Do I even know what I’m talking about? What can I learn for today and in the future from this experience?
There are no right answers here. Only big thoughts, experiments, and expanded horizons.
Chaos isn’t a time to curse the sky or wonder what we did to god to make our lives this way. Chaos is a time to kick it into high gear and use our mental training and conditioning to help us out of chaos and toward what we want.