Do you react or respond? Leadership Lessons from Kung Fu Panda
Yes. I know it’s an animated movie! But I must say, TONS of life lessons can be learned from kids’ movies. For instance, some of life’s greatest lessons about friendship, teamwork and parenting are in Finding Nemo!
Kung Fu Panda is no different!
Po (the panda) is like many of us. He’s not sure how he fits in his world and seems to make poor choices more often than not. For SURE, he hasn’t stepped into his own greatness.
In what seems like an undeniable mistake of the universe, Po is chosen the Dragon Warrior, meant to defeat the evil Tai Lung. This is laughable to many and infuriating to those who have been training a lifetime for the possibility to have the honor.
Once it becomes clear that an attack from Tai Lung is imminent, Oogway, the wise Master (the turtle), calls for his student, Shifu. Upon hearing the news of Tai Lung’s attack, Shifu panics and begins barking orders to attempt to prevent the threat. He is reacting from a place of inner-chaos, fear, and agitation. Oogway, however, is not upset. He lives, leads, and responds from a deep, inner quiet. He tells Shifu, “Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. (Oogway then gently touches the surface of the water with his staff, calming the ripples) But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.”
Oh the wisdom!
This particular lesson is so valuable for high-performing leaders, professionals and influencers.
Do you react or respond?
When we react to the threat, whether it is a deadline, a rival business, a tech system meltdown, a rogue employee, or any number of other things that can come our way, our minds are like Shifu – agitated, and it is difficult to see clearly.
When we choose instead to respond – pull back, take a look at our mind and emotions and gently settle ripples (or full-blown oceanic waves), the answer becomes clear!
Would you like to know HOW to turn the chaos and agitation into a deep inner calm?
Would you like to see how leading from a place of stillness can uncover the leader in you who leads with a deeper sense of your innate inner-wisdom?
Message me to begin your journey of learning to settle the waters of your mind and emotions so you, too, can see the answers clearly. You’ll learn to use simple, yet effective techniques to calm your mind. Become the stealth, wise influencer you know you can be!