That small space between thinking and actions…

Noodling on “transition”

 I’ve thought about it and I can now say…Transition is truly that space between actions, between the thinking and the doing.  It is that smallest of spaces between the synapses of our thoughts.

Being small means it is very large; as large as the universe.

Can we can avoid/ignore transitions? Probably not, because in our tradition we create our own transitions, in our likenesses. We can not ignore transitions easily, they are a part of our “DNA”. Our myths, even within our business practices, celebrate the “transition”. If you don’t agree, think of our modern stories Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, Fringe, Lion King – all are alive with transformative themes. Followers of Campbell recognize the myth of the Hero in all these.

Martial arts training builds heroes in all practitioners. Heroes are not mythical, they are truly flesh and blood individuals, like you and me. That is what a martial arts practitioner learns about themselves and the others that practice the arts. We all have a hero inside ourselves.

I leave it to my readers to decide how their own businesses celebrate the transition from ordinary to leader.

Transitions as Step -Ups = transformation

Transitions can be in cycles, like seasons or the holidays on a calendar. Let’s now say that transitions can be step-ups, like they appear with the belt ranks.

Cycles do not go forward. That’s the nature of a circle. A circle instead shows continuity. Any forward movement in a circle cannot actually be moving forward, yet…the movement to the next element in the cycle (process) indicates a kind of forward movement.

Interesting, movement without moving ahead, circles inching forward? What do you make of that? Can it be the cycle is actually on a path moving forward?

I propose that Process, which moves forward, can be both linear and step-up to the next level after mastery.

Circles that step-up! Transformation or transition? I suggest that step-up after mastery indicates transformation, thus a new being, moving forward.

…feet in both worlds.


Learning is a transformative process which exists and thrives within cycles and in the step-up. The martial artist knows this, just as the farmer and the gardener.

Product professionals know this too – it is called “life cycle” akin to the circle of life talked about in the Lion King.

Feet in both worlds = stepping up while continuing the cycle. Movement, even if you are in the cycle. Interesting!

Pil Sung!

Next… Ruts- are they  show stoppers or expected?

About prdmkgblackbelt

UConn MBA - GO Lady Huskies! UGA Mom, quasi geek, techno-catalyst, NPDP, PrdMktg, reads Campbell & Covey, black belt from Hoshido. Loves sunrises; believes sunsets are promises.
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