I was riding my Harley-Davidson Road King a few days ago when my mind suddenly thought –
“The Chinese Philosophical concept of Yin and yang describes how opposite or contrary forces may be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world.”
What? What? Huh?
Okay. I wasn’t that details until a bit later and some Googling. Still –
It happened right before the Daytona Speedway and was thinking about the advice I give my clients about slowing down. It goes like this –
“You must slow down to get what you want.”
Advice like that is why I get the big bucks for what I do. No, not really. I get paid because nobody believes me, and it’s up to me to prove it.
Let’s go riding.
Whenever I’m cruising on my motorcycle, I love fast and loud because it makes me smile. That’s the Yin of riding a bike, but you can only go fast and loud for so long before the light turns red in front of you or blue behind you.
Occasionally, the place you were speeding toward gets congested, and you have no choice but to slow down. But when you are a high-performance machine designed to go fast, slowing down can be challenging – especially on an 800-pound Harley.
That’s where the Yang of riding a motorcycle comes into play.
Slowing down is the opposite of fast, yet it can yield the same result – if you know what you are doing.
Whether it’s your life or a motorcycle, success requires precision control. You will continue progressing if you get it right and trust yourself and your machine.
On a motorcycle…
1) Slow down but keep moving. Never stop.
2) Rev your engine so that you always have power to your wheels.
3) Since the motorcycle wants to go faster, pull the clutch into the friction zone between nothing and everything while putting your foot on the rear brake.
Slow down? Rev your engine? Hit the brakes?
Yes. That combination virtually assures you keep moving forward in any situation, in complete control, until it’s time to open it up again.
That same thing happens in life.
You can’t run full out constantly, and sometimes you must stop. You keep moving forward for everything else in between – no matter how slow you go.