We had worked on his messaging goal which had to do with allowing his voice to project in how he leads, influences and serves. His goal was to break through the busyness that kept him from living and working with conscious purpose.
Like many others in this 21st Century, my Client is leading in times of uncertainty and fear. As we moved to talking together about using story as a leader, I asked him for a supportive narrative he could use to connect others to a particular message. His story was about obstacles.
My Client has studied in the martial arts for years. When studying karate he had reached the stage where he was to break a board with his hand. All he could think about was how he was going to break his knuckles. All he could see was the board. This is when he learned to practice seeing beyond – and punching through to – the other side. After many years, he is still amazed how he doesn’t feel a thing when his hand reaches its destination beyond the obstacle. With equal experiential understanding, he assured me it hurts like crazy when you focus on the obstacle.
As my Client discovered, busyness is an obstacle. It is the enemy to many things important to us as individuals. Busyness is a distraction keeping one from commitments that add true value through our voice and purpose. Busyness is an obstacle keeping us from punching through to the other side where we find peace.