Most people fail in life because they are not aware of the internal power they have or the manner in which they can increase their usage of it. The inner self is impersonal; it is not a "thing." The true meaning of personal development is in the true acceptance of your own personal being. It has nothing to do with technique, which may be good to know, but readily interferes with desire because of its reliance on external forms to develop internal realities.
Every time you move your hands or feet, your mind or your tongue, it should be considered an attack and a non-attack simultaneously. Attack and defense are one and the same thing and can only perform according to your acceptance of their functionality. This is strictly dependent upon your devotion to it by way of personal belief and training. If you do not have this understanding, then you can only be a puppet, lacking the inner resolve to attain higher levels of consciousness.
Specific technique only enables you to perform adequately that which is necessary to maintain and protect your personal environment. It has nothing to do with your innate skill as a leader, which is completely different. There is always someone smarter, faster, stronger, more devious, and more benevolent. The shogun is what he is: a shogun and nothing else. You must understand what a shogun actually is, and you can only do this by introspection and personal definition. The existence of certain heavenly attitudes and qualities must be accepted on a personal level to maintain you on a specific level of consciousness. This is called "correct thinking."
The shogun does not get involved with ranks or tiles, names of styles, who is best at something, or anything that would suggest comparisons with others, including competitive thinking. The personality does indeed play an important part, because without a personality, there could be no self-identification. We do not live in a mindless environment, although most people function on that level, and so we cannot exist without references. To do so would indicate a lack of self-esteem that would deny survival and accomplishment. The healthy personality does not have to brag about its accomplishments—its work is self-evident, and its only purpose is to drive its self to higher levels of consciousness within the structure of any given discipline.
Excerpt from The Shogun's Scroll - Wield Power and Control Your Destiny, available at all major retail book stores and the author's homepage.
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