Be like water, my friend

"Be like water, my friend." - Bruce Lee

Last week our first “WhatComesNext.Live” show featured the amazing Mark Beaumont, who shared a number of inspiring actionable insights and ideas (you can see that show on the page link above, plus our upcoming show listings). One thing Mark talked about was about having a goal, but consciously not over-planning it, leaving space for opportunities to arise.

Those who know me well know that, for all my planning and research, sometimes I move and act really fast.

Generally, this serves me well, but there have been times when I’ve tried to “force” things in moving fast. When I do that I can get “a” solution to any problem, one that works, but sometimes isn’t, well, optimal.

So, today, reminded by one of my sons recently of the quote above, I’ll share an anchor that can help us find “the” solution to any problem, rather than “a” solution.

My “problem” right now is that I am looking at where I might move to next after three years in central London. I’m definitely ready to move, plus every month that I stay here I am conscious I’m paying eye-watering London rents rather than owning my own place.

At the same time, whilst I am currently spending lots of time researching properties etc, the part of me that tends to move fast is saying “buy somewhere quickly”, but I know I need to be patient.

The thing is, when it feels right I will know, and that is the time to act, not before. So, the following quote from Bruce Lee, as well as Mark’s thoughts above come to mind as anchors. When I relax, allow, “be like water”, then my deep and focussed research, allied to that relaxed state of mind, well, that is when “the” solution will come forth.

Be like water making its way through cracks.

Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.

If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Bruce Lee

Also published on Medium.