Be Like Water my friend, or what Bruce Lee knew about Behavioral flexibilty.

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Bruce lee was arguably one of the most influential figures in the last 100 years.

He was like lightning in a human body. One woman who was lucky enough to rub his abs described him as feeling like “warm marble”.

He was also a brilliant philospher-warrior, able to take abstract concepts like time and space and utilize them to create his system of martial arts which he called jeet kun do, or “way of the intercepting fist”.

In a very famous interview, Bruce is heard telling the interviewer to ” be like water…”

What did he mean by that?

In psychology terminology, he’s referring to Behavioral flexibility. Being flexible in your behavior is changing your thoughts and attitudes and behaviors to move effortlessly with your current circumstances. Rather than resist, you flow with them.

Don’t meet force with force, take what is being offered to you and direct it to where you want to send it.

In terms of goal getting, if your current situation demands that you have to switch vehicles 4xs a day in order to make a living, then so be it.

I find it funny that the man who invented the philosophy of intercepting fists also preached to be like water, dont’t you?

Bruce’s admonition to be like water is obviously reference to spiritual maleability.

Imagine that you have the body of Mr. Fantastic, Reed Richards. How easily would you be able to shift your body and consequently your mind to mold to the situation?

What if you were to imagine yourself as Mr. Fantastic the next time you encounter a challenging situation?

Best,

Amir

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