Mr. Miyagi Might Lose This One…
“Wax ON, Wax OFF.. Wax ON, Wax OFF…” .. Immortal words that immediately bring to mind the image of ruthless Mr. Miyagi and his skinny, grumpy protégé Daniel who just couldn’t make sense of this weird routine. Do martial arts teachers and zen masters have to be so mystical and mysterious and why can’t they just get to the point?
Answer is…. Pattern Interrupt
To create just enough confusion that creates an interruption so that the real learning or message can be easily imparted in those moments when the mind is suspended and neural networks are going haywire with this new information.
Eventually new information when applied repetitively becomes a new habit…
This is where Mr. Miyagi would have lost if he hadn’t known two things:
– Who Daniel is as a student
– What teaching is he really imparting to him
You see, the brain doesn’t work on intention. It works on clarity and patterning (which comes from repetition). Hence, we see some really bad violinists, singers and performers who have learnt the wrong moves through repetition and has now become a habit.
One of my best clients, Chadi, runs this amazing woodfire pizza joint. Heaven’s Pizza. Really worth dying for.. and thankfully his slogan is, “Slice on Heaven on Earth..”. yum..
This guy did not have a money problem. The queues were out through the door and had had Uber Eats drivers picking up orders every 10 minutes. He had cashflow problem. That typical problem when all money comes in at once and goes out at once during the month, leaving nothing for growth. But he had a much bigger problem…. he had his head in the sand when it came to looking at his finances. He didn’t want anything to do with it.. . just like the leftover crust of a half-eaten pizza.
When we started working together, the first change I had to enforce was to help him create financial discipline of tracking his expenses and income on a daily basis. He hated it! His whole physiology would quiver and wanted to run away when it came time to look at numbers. Wax ON, Wax OFF.. balance the till at the end of night, put numbers in a spreadsheet, pay his drivers and staff and outgoings and see the cashflow. Rinse and repeat the next day.
We worked on adjusting the cashflow by working with his suppliers and coming up with better payment terms so that it was optimized for the month and that he wouldn’t have these massive hits on his bank account every 2 weeks.
Fast forward to now.. he is looking at location #2 (in less than 2 months time since we started) because he has managed to build enough moolah in his bank that can give him enough runway for 12 months (even if his business collapsed overnight). Someone who hated managing finances and was killing himself working 100 hours per week, now works 45 hours per week and has more money. Go figure….
Where are you not willing to look at in your life or business and thus are stuck?
What’s a new habit you need that can make you the next Karate Kid? Are you your own Mr. Miyagi with bad training and might lose the next championship?
Chadi won because of wanting to achieve a different outcome in life even though he hated every minute of getting there. This is what habit building looks like. Pays off really well if implemented correctly.
If you’re serious about winning in your business, I can be your Mr. Miyagi. Book Now.
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