In our jobs, and in life, we are continually facing challenges and obstacles, coping with adversity. We have to deal with constant competition.
Some people deal with these circumstances by adopting a defensive posture, alert to parry any adverse thrust that life may throw their way. This is what they are focused on, trying not to get knocked off balance.
All of their attention and effort is channeled toward staying upright, maintaining their status and equilibrium.
But they are so consumed with not getting knocked down and giving that all their energy, that they have given up any chance of making any forward progress. You are not spending any time toward developing your skills and knowledge that will enable you to move ahead.
The fact is that we all get knocked down frequently. Failure and setbacks are a part of life. But we cannot allow that to force us into a guarded, defensive stance toward life.
Love the Mat
Those who practice the martial arts say that you have to learn to love the mat. In other words, when you practice martial arts, you are going to take a fall many times, you are going to hit the mat over and over, and so you cannot be afraid of hitting the mat. In fact, as they say, you have to learn to love hitting the mat. Only that way can you really make progress.
If you learn to love the mat, your mind is no longer consumed by the fear of getting knocked down, and you can devote all of your attention to attacking your opponent. And, paradoxically, you end up not getting knocked down as much.
Psychologists say the same is true at work and life. You have to embrace setbacks, embrace risk, embrace adversity, because sooner or later you are going to hit the mat no matter what, so you need to learn to love it. Only then can you truly make progress and improve your performance.
One well known admiral expressed it in the following way – if you grab a thistle timidly, its spines will stick you, but if your grasp it firmly, it will crumble.
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