According to Bruce Lee, martial artist and creator of Jeet Kune Do, a punch is just a punch.
But then when you start learning martial arts, a punch is a very complicated combination of energy, focus, balance, intention, and motion.
Everybody comes into this world with plenty of pre-engineered, and factory built instincts. We’re naturally afraid of certain things, and we’re naturally drawn to certain things.
For the majority of human history, this has been enough, for most people. If you simply stay away from the bad stuff, and keep moving toward the good stuff, you’ll generally do all right.
You probably won’t get rich or famous, but you probably won’t end up on the street, either.
For most people, this is “good enough.”
But for some, it’s not even close. They don’t want to be “good enough” they want create greatness.
Leave a lasting legacy for their family. Be recognized by their peers. Be looked up to by their community.
This won’t happen automatically, but it WILL happen.
Instead of just relying on those vague instincts and desires, learn to refine them. Focus them. Expand on them. Enhance them.
Just like martial artists, learn to take your raw strength and energy that we are ALL born with, and learn to focus them.
Balance. Intention. Energy. Breath.
Bruce Lee said that once you internalize the many elements of Jeet Kune Do, a punch is just a punch again.
But a much more focused, efficient, and deadly punch. One that happens automatically, without the need for willpower or conscious thought.
Once you take the time to take your raw life energy and focus it on your well chosen goals, your daily activities will again, be your normal, daily activities.
Only now they’ll focused with the laser like precision of a Bruce Lee punch.