Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Ultimate Opponent

Sonny Umpad taught that first you must learn to read your opponent. But then you must learn to write him. Make him do and be what you need him to be for you to win.*

And we all know, all of us, that we are our own greatest opponents. What is holding you back from your potential? You. No one else has the access, no one else has the strength. If you choose to believe otherwise ("I would be really successful except for .") it only means that your excuse-making machine is working fine. You can find people with much worse circumstances who became successful. I guarantee it.

So the question-- can you write your ultimate opponent? Can you turn the parts of you that hold you back into the kind of antagonist who exists to lose? And in doing so, can you create yourself into the architect of your own future? Is that what mastery is?

*As Maija explains it. She's worth checking out.


Unknown said...

I like the way you always inspire me to new ways of thinking Rory. Thanks.

Jim said...

Maia is certainly worth checking out... She's rather high on my list of folks I've bounced ideas off on-line that I'd like to meet in person. (You used to be on that list, too.)

It's really tough to talk yourself out of your own self-imposed limits. Often, the first step is to realize that they really are self-imposed... and limits.

Erik Kondo said...

Here is a book on this subject of self-success vs self-sabotage that seems worthwhile.

Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS

Unknown said...

I've been thinking about over a month, and I don't think I really understand it. I think I follow the concept, but don't understand how to apply it, what the process would be like, etc.

Ymar Sakar said...

This concerns the OODA loop cycle as well as what motivates people, whether they wish to Change Themselves or Change the World.