When I began the Tai Chi class conveniently taught at my neighborhood park, it had been years since I had practiced this 'slow motion' martial art. The time lapse didn't matter because this Tai Chi form was different than the other 3 I learned (and had forgotten) so long ago.
Now I'm a Tai Chi newbie again. As I deal with how long it takes my body to grasp the presence, balance and flow of each movement, I realize that Tai Chi is also teaching me 3 valuable 'body wisdom' business lessons.
- Patience is a practice.
- Trying to control our progress keeps us from seeing small steps we can take.
- Relaxing our expectations frees us to learn from our practice.
- Transitions energize our next steps.
- Shifting back a little gives us momentum for moving forward in a new direction.
- Slowing down lets us balance the way we take the next step.
- Economy of motion leads to results.
- Paying attention to one change at a time, we begin to sense a way to flow into our next move.
- Making small shifts, minor adjustments, and little course corrections, we move into a natural rhythm of the steps we're learning to take.
Now it's time for me to take a short break from sitting in front of my computer at work and practice what I'm learning in Tai Chi. Where in business, leadership and life are you practicing presence, balance and flow?