One Strike

If you keep the One Strike in mind, you will assuredly gain the victory. If you do not study the martial arts well, they will be difficult to understand. If you do train yourself thoroughly in this, the Way will be there for the martial arts to develop in accordance with your mind, and for your mind to take the victory on its own…”

— Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

One Strike in mind.

An ingrained (from practice) sense of ability to act.

Miyamoto was writing on mastering the martial arts, but we could use a One Strike in many situations in life.


Fear preventing you from putting yourself out there and starting something?

Doubt creeping in on your career?

Indecision driving you mad?

Feeling stuck living the same old exhausting loops?

One Strike. Act first. Cut away the cloud of self-criticism and hesitation with pure focus of will and ability on the moment in front of you.


Solve problems with swift action. Seek advice. Ask for help. Act with intent.

If you are solving an equation with multiple unknown variables (x, y, z), moving the problem around gives you new information. It’s hard to solve a problem you are dealing with at the same level of thinking and knowledge from where you are (and how you got there). Finding new insights from taking action (however larger or small) brings a breath of fresh air to the situation. One Strike towards a possible solution.

If I were to guess, I would say Miyamoto was driving home the trait of boldness.

By acting boldly, we are relying on our innate instincts and inner truth.

Bold action doesn’t come easily, especially after a life of living in a culture that prizes comfort over happiness, but it can be practiced.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W

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