There is a story of an energetic young boy who joined to learn Judo with an experienced Japanese judo master even though he was born without a left arm. The Japanese Judo master taught him an exciting throw in the first week of training.
In the second week, he continued to practice the same judo move. Every other week the boy was taught to practice the same technique over and over again. He could see other students learning other Judo techniques, but he could not understand why even after three months of training, the master had taught him only one move.
The boy finally asked, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?”.
“This is the only one move you know, but this is the only move that you will ever need to know.” The Sensei replied.
The little boy did not quite understand what his teacher was up to but continued his training as his Sensei instructed.
Several months later, the Sensei took the boy to his first tournament. The young boy was terrified to enter the tournament filled with other experienced Judo players.
Surprising himself and the audience, the boy easily won his first two matches.
When your intentions are pure, so too will be your success.Charles F. Glassman MD
The third one was a little harder, but the young boy pulled off the technique, the only move he knew, and won.
The fourth round amazingly went the same way, and the young boy found himself in the tournament final, facing a much bigger, stronger, and experienced opponent.
For some time in the finals, the young boy without an arm appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt during the match, the referee called for a time out.
The referee was about to stop the match, but the Sensei intervened and insisted on letting the boy continue.
After the match resumed, his opponent made a mistake and dropped his guard. Promptly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.
The boy deftly used his only move throughout the tournament and came out as a winner! On the way home, the Sensei and the boy reviewed every move in every match of the boy.
Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.Richie Norton
Surprised by his victory, the boy took all his courage to ask the Sensei how he was able to win the tournament with only one move.
The Sensei answered that he won for two reasons. “First, with several months of dedicated practice, you have almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for the move you have learned is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”
With the boy’s hard work and the Sensei’s sagacity, the boy’s weakness became his biggest strength.
I love going back to this story when I need some inspiration. I especially like the story because it depicts a picture of the five laws of intentional living. Without further ado, here are the five laws.
Law#1: Law of the Next Great One Thing
The law of one thing states that you do the next great one thing over an extended time. If you were to do one great thing in every area of your life, then at the end of a year, for instance, one’s life is bound to be different. If you are intentional in doing one great thing in your fitness, family life, friendships, faith, and finance, the quality of your life will change. Take time today to find out what is the next one great thing you need to do in your life today to live intentionally well.
Law#2: Law of Change
The law of change states that change is inevitable. There is a common saying that states change is inevitable because society is dynamic. Over time, nothing stays the same. Even though we cannot influence change, we have the power to influence our response to change. One way that we can do this is by making growth a priority. Make it your goal to grow in every area of your life. By doing so, you will be able to impact the direction as well as the impact of any change.
Law#3: Law of Accumulation
The law of accumulation states that we become the accumulation of our daily actions, attitudes, decisions, as well as our perception of life. If this is the case, then we need to accumulate things that will help us enjoy high-quality life. What things, when accumulated, will change your life for the better? Choose to add them to your life daily.
Law#4: Law of Personal Responsibility
This law states that we are fully responsible for our beliefs, attitudes, as well as things that we do or say. Taking responsibility gives you the power to live an intentional life. When you take personal responsibility, you also experience true freedom.
Law#5: Law of Resilience
This law states that we need to keep going no matter what life throws our way. We should, therefore, invest in processes that build our resilience. When we do, we will be able to navigate times of distress and unrest in our lives.
What are your five laws of intentional living?
Until the next post, let your soul sing!