How to be a Ninja: Seven Steps to the Art of Stealth Action

Ninja-BugI’ve been watching with fascination how people go about the attainment of their goals, and I have observed how much energy people expend along the way. This is non-productive as once we reach the goal or destination we can find ourselves beyond exhaustion from all the effort. So, another way is needed for there to be more energy regeneration instead of energy drain.

Enter the Ninja.

A Ninja lives according to the laws of nature, not against it. Ninjas in ancient times utilised methods to enhance their personal power. Some of these methods included the use of secret words, symbols and silence to focus their energy and intentions toward specific goals. We too can utilise these methods, for the sake of meeting our goals without burning our selves out in the process.

1. Ninjas live by a moral code

Living by your value system without compromise is the single best compass for finding your way in everything you do.

2. Ninjas are masters of sabotage

To be a Ninja you want to sabotage your old, worn out, no longer needed belief systems by pulling the rug out from under them. Don’t let those self defeating thoughts get their way any more. The ultimate sabotage would be to take massive and decisive action towards your goal or mission without giving resistance one ounce of attention or time.

3. Ninjas are masters of leveraging the spoken word

Check your language and the words you use to build yourself up or karate chop yourself down. Listen to the way you speak about yourself and your dreams, aspirations and challenges. Listen to the messages in the environment that are too subtle for the untrained warrior’s ears and heart to interpret. As a Ninja you conserve energy by leveraging off empowering language towards yourself and others.

4. Ninjas are masters of a clear mind

A Ninja knows when to be silent. Take time to meditate and be aware of the world around you. Notice your breathing and the sounds you hear. Come back to being very still and present, right here and right now. Absolute 360 degree awareness is the key to being flexible and capable of rapid change. Stillness is needed to bring about this full periphery awareness of what is needed in the moment.

5. Ninjas are masters of stealth

When you just decide to go after something without a whole bunch of drama or fanfare, it allows you to stay focussed and apply your energy to the tasks at hand seemlessly. Often just getting a task or job done towards your goal, without telling others, will free up time and energy for the work. You can have a cup of sake back at the Dojo with fellow warriors, after, at the end of the day, and share your story then.

6. Ninjas are masters of skills and resources

If the result needs a particular skill set, as a Ninja you will either work it out or outsource the task. You WILL figure it out. Ninjas put all their talents in the ring and use them all when needed. Ninjas don’t need a rule book or “shoulds” and “have tos”, as they make it up and adapt for the best outcome.

7. Ninjas are masters of endurance

As a Ninja you can sow the seeds of opportunity and then lay in wait for when the time is ripe to move. There is not a lot of chopping and hacking needed to get a good result. It will take as long as it takes and no amount of hurrying up will have the goal achieved quicker or more effectively. Worry and hurry will only cause an energy leak which, over the long haul, will deplete the Ninja’s endurance.

By Peter Conna

Educator, Mentor and Business Growth Expert Peter brings a unique combination of intelligence, practicality and exuberant passion to add enormously to the success of client’s personal, business and financial lives. With over 25 years of experience in business and having coached over 2,000 individuals and presented to over 35,000 clients, his knowledge is enviable and enthusiasm infectious. Peter Conna, clearly one of the most experienced mentors and educators in Australia can also boast academic standing with qualifications including a Certificate IV in Coaching, Certificate IV in Real Estate, Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning), Bachelor of Business and Masters of Education. He is currently completing a Masters of Counselling. Driven by a strong sense of contribution, Peter enjoys hearing stories of success from his clients and the stories from the Make a Wish Foundation children he works so hard to support. His efforts to date have raised over $625,000 for the charity. He has recently created the eQ Foundation, a charity set to sponsor the education of over 1,000 children in developing countries this year. He is committed to helping individuals achieve outstanding results by providing integrity based mentoring and coaching.