100 Push Ups, Summer, and Aikido

I haven’t been paying as much attention to my personal blog, but have been rather active over at the corporate one instead.

My 100 Push Ups progress has stalled in week 4, but I’m still doing them (albeit, sporadically).

Recently, I’ve been enjoying Aikido even more. I’ve had the pleasure of some private lessons with my sensei (simply because no one else showed up for class a couple of nights in a row), so I’ve gotten even more direct feedback than usual. The current “thing on my plate” is to suppress my ego and brain and let the body do more without interference.

This arose out of a conversation we had this weekend, when I told him about an interesting synchronicity I’ve been experiencing in my professional and personal self-development. At the suggestion of a friend, I’m reading the book Million Dollar Consulting by Alan Weiss. I’ll do more of a review of it once I’m done, but I found it interesting that the chapter I was reading had some points which closely coincided with some points in a speech by Byrd Baggett which I attended two weeks ago. While Weiss was laying out criteria for clients that you want to cultivate, Baggett was doing the same for employees. I drew a further analogy to students in the dojo when discussing our ongoing recruiting practices. Interesting.

So, the current task is to let the body drive, receive and process the information when on the mat, and not let my over-active brain over-analyze things and get in the way.

This weekend, I will be attending an Aikido seminar at Shobu Aikido of the Berkshires. Also, all of my travel arrangements have been made for Aikido Summer Camp in July. This will be my first week-long intensive training session, and I’m eagerly looking forward to it.

This will be fun.

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