“Steady. Concentrate. Focus power.” Do these three small but powerful phrases remind you ring a bell as to who said it and from what 1980’s movie? Need another hint or movie quote? “Sweep the leg.” By now I’m sure you’ve got it. The movie was the 1984 hit The Karate Kid Starring Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso and Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi. Mr. Miyagi gave those three classic lines of “Stray. Concentrate. Focus power” to Daniel during the Karate tournament he was in. It had nothing to do with karate form or technique per se but had everything to do with Daniel remembering to exhibit self control. He listened to his teacher and did just that in one of the greatest underdog stories for the Cien
Whether it is in sports or in life, when the pressure it on, this is when your ability to self regulate in regards to your thoughts, feelings and emotions comes into play. Take a look at some of these examples of individuals who exhibited strong self control. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls. How many times was all the pressure put on him to make game winning shots in the waning seconds of a close game? Too many to count. Was he always clutch? No. Was he always in control of his emotions? Absolutely. Another example of someone exhibiting great control was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr during the Civil Rights movement. He was called so many awful names, arrested for protesting, etc. and not once did he lose his cool or look to retaliate.
There are many other examples I could list but I believe you get the point. And I won’t give any specific examples of those that struggle with self control when they are under a certain amount of pressure but here are some things they generally struggle with. Again I will use a sports and another non-sports analogy. For sports, there are times when there is a great field goal kicker and football and is usually clutch except when it comes to playoff games or the Super Bowl. They, for whatever reason, give into their negative thoughts and emotions and miss any easy 30 yarder wide right costing his team the game. A non-sport example are those who are being pressured by the media wind up blasting unkind things back at them to help make themselves save face so to speak.
Mastering control over your thoughts, emotions and behaviors is something that we will never be perfect act and will be continually a work in progress. As long as we begin with the end in mind on how we want to and should conduct ourselves when times are stressful, that will at least out us on a better path towards self management than having no plan at all.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards managing yourself better?