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Action Through Inaction

Incorporate the lessons of Tai Chi and Qigong into your daily life as an entrepreneur.
March 21, 2008
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/191848

I've been studying Tai Chi and Qigong for the past year and it's been helpful for me both mentally and physically to learn to relax my body and calm my mind in new ways. My instructor often quotes Lao Tse's concept of action through inaction, which sounds simple but is actually quite challenging.

The class is filled with people of all different professions. We start each class in a circle, introducing ourselves by name so it immediately makes the experience more intimate. The group then starts to warm up with small movements, and we build our minds and bodies to include the chi (energy) around us.

As a beginner, we learn individual pieces of the form, but we don't yet quite realize how they all fit together. We practice the simplest moves until they become habit, flowing seamlessly like a piece of kelp in the ocean or a ribbon in the wind.

Each student came to the class for different reasons: curiosity, improving health, balancing the yin and yang, overall fitness or because a spouse or friend brought them along. The class is diverse on every level. As I've gotten to know some of the other students, I've learned how this training improves the quality of their lives.

At the end of each class, someone tells a joke and we bow out; it's a nice way to part. The more I train, the more I realize how many applicable lessons from Tai Chi and Qigong there are for entrepreneurs to embrace.

Remember that there is action through inaction so not doing is also doing something. As Benjamin Franklin said, "never confuse motion with action." And the last word goes to Yoda and Nike "Try not. Do or do not. There is no try." Just do it!