QS7 4.1 - “An Example of Fundamentals and Basics”

By Daniel • November 6th, 2007

Back to Basics: (part 2)

An Example of Fundamentals and Basics”

 Imagine a temple high on a mountaintop, you’re at the bottom of the mountain and you want to reach the temple.  There are three staircases leading upwards.  One of them leads to the Temple, one leads a village, and one leads a lake on the side of the mountain.  They are each labeled, but you don’t read the language.  What do you do?

 First, Focus on Fundamentals: “Likes Align and Congeal, what am I being like? What do I want to be like?” Knowing what you know about the fundamental property of the universe, you can now put it to work for you.  You are an expert at using the Fundamental Principle and you decide, “I am being like a person on an adventure to a Temple.”  In this example you’re in the middle of nowhere, don’t speak the language and are fairly lost.  There’s no one around and you need to get to the Temple before Sun down.  So you decide to get “Back to Basics” and put your OARS in the water.  You focus on the Outcome you desire:  “I will sleep at the Temple tonight, and you take the simplest Action you can think of, you take a step towards the Temple.”  You don’t know which staircase leads towards it, so you pick the one that looks best and take a step.  You don’t actually even know if you got closer!  But you took an action and that’s a start in the right direction. 

The stairway carved from the mountainside stretches out before you, OARS – Outcome, Action, now Repeat!  Take that action again, take another step!  Again and again!  But you still don’t know if you’re getting closer or further away.  But you do know you’re getting closer even if you’re getting further away!  You’re getting closer because you are taking action towards your goal.  You see the outcome in your mind, you decided on an action, and you’re now repeating that action over and over.  You may have to repeat it thousands of times just realize you went the wrong way!  You arrive in the village instead of the Temple, but it doesn’t matter, you got closer to your outcome in time, even if you are further away from it in space.

Ew, that might be a little confusing.  Closer in time, further in space?  In terms of time, you’ve seen the outcome, “I will arrive at the Temple before the sun goes down.”  It’s closer to sundown now, and since you know the outcome, you are in truth closer to your goal!  The only problem is, you’re actions brought you further away from your outcome in physical space!  But you have strong OARS, you clear your head, focus on the Outcome again, and decide on a new action: Walk back down the steps and try one of the other paths.  You turn around and take action again.  It makes perfect sense, you were lost and frustrated, now you’re still lost, further from your goal, and more frustrated.  Wait! 

 First:  Focus on Fundamentals!  “Likes Align and Congeal: What are you being like? What do you want to be like?” This step makes all the difference in the world.  You’ve got to see what you are being like, you’ve got to determine what you want to be like and then be it!  If you haven’t mastered the Fundamentals you say, “I’m being like a lost confused tourist in the middle of nowhere.”  But, instead let’s say you’re an expert at the fundamentals and you decide, “I am being like an adventurer!  I’m having fun and got closer to my goal.  There’s some unexpected adventure here in this village waiting for me!”  You get excited instead of frustrated and open yourself up to an unexpected possibility.  Almost instantly a villager approaches you speaking English!  You tell them you are on your way to the Temple but a little off course, “Is there a shortcut from here or do I have to walk down the path again?” you ask smiling.  The local is excited to meet a stranger, and tells you, “The shortcut is too difficult to explain and you’ll surely get lost on the mountainside, but there is one monk who be going there before sunset to pray, maybe you can go with him.” 

The villager takes you to their house and introduces you.  This monk speaks no English, but your new found friend translates for you and explains, “He says his happy to show you the way, but his horses are resting and he isn’t leaving for another hour. I’d like you to come have lunch with me and then we’ll return in an hour.”  “Horses?” you ask.  “Yes,” your new friend explains, “You’ll be traveling on yak if you go with him, or you can walk back down the path, and walk back up the mountain, you’ll still get there by sundown either way.”

 You see the Outcome clearly, you arrive at the Temple by Sundown, in style.  You take action towards it: Have lunch with your new friend and their family, in style…

 Outcome – Action – Repeat – Start Again.  Just like using the oars in a rowboat, over and over you dip your oar in the water propelling yourself towards your desired goal. Sometimes you use your oars to steer, sometimes to move you forward, over and over you take action towards your desired outcome. 

 If you’re an expert at the fundamentals, you can use them to draw all sorts of great things along the way.  If you’re terrible at the fundamentals, well, then you’ll learn to use them to your advantage over time.  In either case, you’ll still reach your goals by getting your oars in the water.  See the Outcome, take Action towards it, Repeat the action again, Start over, see the outcome, take action towards it, repeat the action again, start over, see the outcome…

Putting the Fundamentals and Basics to Work for You!  

 By now, you’re probably wondering who the heck I am, and we’ll get to that soon enough.  This really isn’t about me, but I do understand that you want to know where all this information is coming from, so we’ll spend some time on that soon.  But before we do that, I’d like to introduce you to some things much more pertinent to your journey than little old me.

As you move into experiencing life at your best, you will encounter Five Major Forces which you can use to your advantage, or oppose as you see fit.  Once you understand the five major forces you’ll begin the process of having some command over them. 

So let’s get to it!  Introducing: The Five Forces…



Daniel is the founder and creator of Full Spirit and the Pillars of Success Series.
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