The only competition you’ll ever have,
is the competition between your disciplined
and your undisciplined mind.
The work of Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine, Chaos Theory, Fractal Geometry and many other fields of science tell us that chaos is actually order.
The challenge, is that most don’t have the mental or physical acumen to observe it.
We think we see the world as it is.
But we really see the world as we are.
Let’s talk about systems for a moment; and the phases they go through. Just to be clear, your body is a system, your relationships are systems, and your business is a system.
All systems operate interdependently.
So, as we move through this brief discussion, as a leader, first and foremost of your own life; and then of your business, you must become aware and attuned to the systems in your world.
There are four distinct phases in every system:
And the cycle repeats.
Now please remember there is always order from a high level of awareness. Even Chaos Theory tells us that. Your job as a leader is to source from the higher order that others cannot see.
The most difficult job a true leader has is to hold the vision above and beyond all appearances. While the masses judge by what appears to be, the master sees what is not yet apparent and inspires others to do the same.
Sight is seeing with the eyes. Vision is seeing through the eyes.
When the vision on the inside becomes more powerful
and compelling than what you observe on the outside,
the universe is at your command.
This is a very deep topic, much deeper than we can do justice in a brief blog. Yet, let’s cover these phases at least at a high level.
Chaos is when everything appears random, chaotic, without structure or form.
In a particle accelerator the physicist sees (sight) an infinite number of apparently random particles going rapidly and chaotically this way and that.
Experimental findings prove that as particles are aligned, one at a time, once a critical mass is reached, “phase transition” occurs.
Phase transition is the moment in which enough critical mass is created, and all particles fall into phase.
The job of a leader is to create enough order
from chaos so there’s a critical mass;
and all apparent chaos falls into order.
Because life is energy and energy life, both are in a constant state of flux. The very best you can hope for is a period of harmony and apparent equilibrium. But experience and wisdom prove this will never last.
Nothing stays the same.
You’re either growing or dying.
Creating or disintegrating.
You’re either moving forward
or you’re moving backward.
Again, Prigogines’ work proves that a system can only hold a state of homeostasis for a finite amount of time. If the energy coming into the system is exactly equal to the energy going out, then harmony can be maintained.
Obviously, this is an impossible standard to hold indefinitely.
For example: the money and clients coming into your business must be the exact equivalent of the money and services going out…
The mental and physical energy you expend driving and building your business must be the exact equivalent of the energy you have coming in mentally and physically…
I’m sure you can think of many other examples but hopefully you get the point.
Whether it’s your business, your finances, your body/mind or your home, the system is going to move from harmony to a state of disharmony, and then, depending upon the influx or outgo, go into complete disorder and chaos again.
It’s just a matter of time.
Think of how long your romantic relationship is in perfect harmony; and you’ll find this true as well.
Chaos and order are two opposite polls of the same dance.
Balance is bullshit.
There’s no way you, or anyone,
can maintain perfect balance and grow.
Growth takes pushing the boundaries,
taking risk and stepping over the edge of comfort.
So, does it seem like all bad news?
Well, not so fast.
Here’s the best news of all, again from Prigogines’ work. When any system dissipates, it does only one of two things:
- It completely dies and disintegrates, or…
- It reorganizes at greater level of capacity and capability.
So, is your business in a disarray?
Your job is to dig deep and find the mental toughness and emotional strength to continue. Hold the vision. Keep the faith.
Don’t wish for success, wish for strength.
For it’s your strength that will bring you the success you earn and deserve.
For this we know, when you find this strength you’ll reorganize and restructure at higher levels.
Keep the faith and keep moving forward.
Be a Leader. Live Your Purpose; and Take Your Power Back!