We’ve completed over a month of the 6 month MKMMA course. Think are starting to speed up.
As each day passes, each one of us is becoming more and more of a non-judgemental Observer. Many exercises are being completed. The compounding effect is taking place. Last week we gave up giving 80-90%. From now on, we give 100%, with complete fidelity to the process of being self-directed thinkers.
One of the key exercises for Week 5 was the No Opinion exercise. Just like how it’s called, we are to be conscious of our urge to dish out opinions. The only exception is when we are experts on the subject at hand. Anything else? Give it gracious thought and live and let live. I myself have had ups and downs with this particular exercise, since I’m trying to restrain a 20+ year old habit and replace it with an embryonic new habit – one of self-control and observation. It’s been a fight, but without challenge, there’s no change, and day by day I’m getting better at it. More on this in the next post.
Law of Compensation
As I paraphrase what’s stated in the essay written by the great Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Law of Compensation is omnipresent. It’s can be summarized as: “Give more, get more.”
Whenever you blurt out a knee-jerk opinion, you meet a compensatory response – an opinion back. You smile at somebody, and that person smiles back. You exert hard work, and the fruits of that labor appear before your very eyes. In my case, I play a lot of basketball. You may have heard of the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” I have some excess weight I want to shed within the next 3 months to prevent my legs from being overworked: 12 kg (26.5 Ibs).
Since two weeks ago, I’ve been taking one hour walks daily, coupled with eating healthy meals and drinking 3 liters of water. I already get lots of cardio from playing ball. Soon I’ll jump on the spin bike to do some HIIT. I’ve gotten rid of a few pounds, which is exciting, but expected. Now I know I’m stating the obvious, but everybody knows that success is something you get in return for what you’ve given to achieve it (“give more, get more”). What people don’t realize is, that success therefore is simply a compensation. This insight should make it easier to understand how to achieve your SMART (scheduled, measured, achievable, realistic & timed) goals, because you now know that a compensation is expected for what you give.
Keep giving to keep growing.