I have of late been going been working under immense mental pressure. My go to-drestresser routine has been weapons' training (https://goo.gl/eAqHOv
). Too little sleep, way too much coffee and a brain that's hyper-stimulated, even by exercise leads to a different way of looking at the world.
When you are using a percussive weapon the kernel that powers it is you: your muscles, bodyweight, speed, dexterity and suppleness, all become key. Of even greater importance is your brain, or rather its ability to model your reach, effective range and capabilities into a coherent 3D diagram that protects you (through defensive techniques) and projects your threatening capability to an imaginary (in my case) opponent through attack lines.
This is where it gets interesting. The moment you do hold a percussive weapon the space around you narrows, its geometries begin to define the context and intent of what you do (and, I suppose, the degree of quality in execution defines a little of who you are).
There are invisible, linking lines connecting you to a similar but larger geometric space that defines your target. The connecting lines are pure intent. The larger, less defined geometric space surrounding your opponent is necessary because you are uncertain of his capabilities and use the larger geometric area around him to probe for strengths and weaknesses.
Through intent and the feedback of his responses we receive the necessary information to turn our assumptions into the plan of attack necessary to narrow the geometric space around him and deliver a direct strike, through his own defenses.
Combat, in this scenario, becomes an intricate, fluid dance between two mental, 3D models (ours and his) and the way they constantly reposition themselves.
There is a direct link here with search. Living in a world where our search retrieval information provides infinite opportunities to access information, what we do and how we do it makes sense only when we narrowly define our own actions through purpose, intent and expertise (and fix our identity in the process) and then use our perception of what we are looking for (or seeing) to begin to narrow the connection with our audience (or drill down to the item of information we are looking for).
The thing is, the moment we type anything in the search field on our desktop or talk to our device we are suddenly connected through invisible lines with what we seek, even though we may not realize it.
Our very action, mirroring that of many others in similar circumstances, begins the process of defining the extent of our reach and the reach of the boundaries that define us. It determines the information that we are most likely to find.
If you are working online and want to be found, nothing of what you do can be independent of your perception of the needs of your audience or your own knowledge, skills and abilities in business. The better and more accurate that perception is (and you need to constantly refine it) the clearer your intent becomes, the more connected you are with them and the more easily they will find you.
It's Thursday :) make it a great one.