When must you resist going with the flow?

February 18, 2011 – 2:06 pm

Victories demand insane persistence. Insanity is repeating same efforts expecting new results. But success moves from one to the next eliminating other possibilities. Like a gem-cutter strikes a stone precisely the same way 1,000 times, but on 1,001 severs perfectly, we must obsessively persevere, and endure the ridicule of those who’d have you settle into a “normal” life.

I do not hate others for wanting their to enjoy their slower pace.

But one phenomenon holds true: when you drive at a faster pace than the pack, you must swerve and lane change.

Some try to collide and drive others out of the way but that destructive approach from my observation always resulted in catastrophe.

Moving faster, pushing the envelope of your potential, can feel unsettling to those who have habituated to the pace of the middle of the pack (a phenomenon observable throughout the animal kingdom).

So expect others to resist your speed… Your passion and determination. Be compassionate yet steadfast. Your RESISTING the flow, changes it. Massive shifts always start from one lone individual incident. Change always begins with your courage and ends with your conviction.

It’s common in nature. Look at the changing directions of flocks of birds, herds of horses, and schools of fish. The tendency for the beta behavior is to flow back toward the center of the group, maintain speed and direction. Alpha behavior departs from it, challenging the speed and direction, and thereby the tendency… and ultimately destiny… of the group.

So, too, in humanity, with any innovator… from MLK to Einstein, Edison to Franklin, Copernicus to Galileo… even modern “corporate entities” have this tendency as “brand cultures” now: Apple, Facebook, Google are each examples.

Lemmings go with the flow, fatally. We must be George Bernard Shaw’s unreasonable man:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

Flow is only valuable if it aligns with your core values. Mob beatings, convenience crimes, date rape, these are all examples of the dangers of indiscriminately “going with the flow”… Who is the one who stops to help the helpless, who others stream by ignoring?

When you feel overwhelmed, undergunned and out-maneuvered, when the flow crashes over you, going with it leads to your final midnight.

Resisting flow is an essential element of transformation.

Resistance means you have a different pattern more conditioned than the new one you intend. If you are changing a prior pattern (or level) you MUST face resistance.

Knowing you will and must face resistance, you feel its pain but you do not suffer.

Would you give up on the final hard repetition of an exercise; the only rep that actually counts toward your adaptation? The same is true of all life. All change follows this law of conditioning.

Scott Sonnon

  1. One Response to “When must you resist going with the flow?”

  2. Since over 20 years I developed together with my students AikiSystema as a martial art. A lot of techniques, pressure points, pages etc, etc.. with the wish to clearly state and document everything included. The biggest difficulty always was to answer to questions like “how is it different than Aikido” for example - and of coarse other hundreds pages. As usual, You inspire people, because this is what a Master is doing: making complicated things look simple. “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” ~ Albert Einstein. Thank You, Coach! RESISTING FLOW!

    By Konstantin Kitzu on Feb 18, 2011

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