Moo Do Philosophy - The Right Effort

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 10:04pm — Grandmaster
The Right Understanding leads to the Right Thoughts. The Right Thoughts leads to the Right Words. The Right Words leads to the Right Actions. The Right Actions lead to the Right Livelihood. The Right Livelihood leads to the Right Effort.
What is the right effort? The right effort is combination of the correct amount of energy and enthusiasm. It is focused. In life, what you put in will always be in direct proportion to what you get out.
Your effort should be measured and should be consistently balanced. The way you hold yourself, your physiology, your mindset, the way you act, the way you speak, the way you work together with others is all part of the “Right Effort”.  
The Moo Do Warrior knows that the Right Effort will always lead to greater levels of success and responsibility. The reason why some people go further than others is they understand how nature, and more specifically the “Natural Laws”, effect effort in general and their results in particular. We have all heard of the Law of Cause and Effect. The Moo Do Warrior understands that how they think and approach everything will directly impact their overall results. This is why the Master is very measured in how they do things. They are very deliberate and their effort is measured the same way.
For example, in a marathon, the smart runner paces him or herself. The marathon is too long to go full out from the beginning. The marathoner understands this and applies measured effort to peak at the right time. This is an example of using the right effort.  
In Tang Soo Do, we practice “Shin Chook” (tension and relaxation) within our forms. More accurately, we practice the ebb and flow of nature to ensure balance and maximum efficiency in our every technique including our breath.
It is best to measure effort based on the circumstances and or the situation. Moo Do Warriors look at the length of the path and the difficulty of the terrain before planning their effort. The longer the path or journey, the more endurance and or perseverance is needed. To ensure there will be plenty of energy when needed and the right amount of mental endurance, the marathoner practices on flats and in the hills. The Moo Do Warrior uses a very similar approach. That is, he or she practices with and without resistance.
The Right Effort requires a basic understanding of the 80/20 rule. The Moo Do Warrior is always looking for ways to work smarter not harder. The of Law of Leverage is an important peak performance principle that all Masters and Moo Do Warriors are familiar with and practice regularly. Since 80% of your rewards comes from 20% of your actions, it is wise to focus your time, energy, and money on those things that will bring the greatest result.
Being selective and focusing your efforts on those things that yield the greatest result is just smart. For example, at headquarters, Jett Sa Bom Nim focuses on the overall operation of the school, the parents, the “little ones”, and sales/marketing. Master Mike Jett focuses on recruiting, teaching the youth (intermediate and advanced) as well as the all adults. I focus on teaching select Black Belts, instructor trainees, and all instructors and future school owners. We have in effect leveraged our time and talents to get the most impact towards the accomplishment of our goal.
“The Master always know their own strengths and weaknesses.” 
Trying too hard can be as damaging as not trying at all. The Law of Measured Response teaches us that strategic strikes in warfare often bring the best results. Similarly,  the Tang Soo Do practitioner is taught to strike pressure points for maximum results. When done properly, hitting several pressure points at the right time and in the right way, bring a compounding return on energy expended.
On the road to self mastery, it is important to understand that strategic planning and measured action is always the best way to proceed. In future articles, I will expand on this point by covering how to use the laws of reciprocity, authority, expectation, and contrast to ensure maximum return on energy expended. Understanding these key concepts and  how to use them can be the difference between the Right Effort and the wrong effort.
As we have learned in past articles, it all starts with the right understanding first before anything else. The overall goal is to create win/win/win relationships. To accomplish the ultimate goal, the right effort is needed.
“The best look always to develop long term relationships that last a life time.”
Do this and your journey will be easier and more rewarding. Do this and you will be well on your way…the path of the Master.  
Tang Soo!!!