The Risk of Momentum

“The best rock ‘n roll is always on the verge of chaos.” -Unknown

‘The Note’ by Ana

When we gain some momentum in our lives, when we are moving full speed ahead without a care in the world, we are at our most confident and our most sure, but we are also at our highest risk for failure.

This does not mean we should tap the brakes. It doesn’t mean that we should check our rearview mirror. It does, however, mean that we should be mindful.

Speed can make us sloppy. It can make us arrogant. The faster we go, the harder we will crash if we make a wrong move and the farther we get off course if we take a wrong turn. If we slow down to avoid risk, we may never get where we are going or someone else may beat us there.

The secret is to move forward just fast enough that we can still pivot when needed, so that we can continue to move forward.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

-Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body, Severna Park’s Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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