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This section is all about balance. We hear the word all the time - work life balance, ph balance, balance beam, tire balance.

What if there was a way to approach life in more of a mental balance perspective? There is.

This is a little secret that those who have worked with me in recent years might have heard me refer to as "mental aikaido."

Aikaido is the martial arts of taking and diverting energy away from your opponent. It's primarily associated with combat and self-defense. If someone is running at you full speed, aikaido allows you to take that force, convert it to your own.

I never really knew about it until my boss asked me to attend her black belt aikaido match. My boss was a rather tall and strong woman. Her opponent was my size - 5 foot 2, petite and likely 50 lbs less than my boss.

And had I not seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed the opponent could take a full-speed attacker and flip them over her head and on their back! It was unbelievable.

So from this lesson, I thought, "what if I could do that at work or in challenging situations?" And I started working on my mental aikaido.


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