Kuyashii (Perseverance & The Energy To Succeed)
Kuyashii … a Japanese word/concept, meaning, to use the words of doubters as energy to succeed. Self-doubt, well meaning naysayers, beating impossible odds; the trifecta that seeks to squash your dreams . Don’t you dare let them! Learn The Art Of Perseverance …Kuyashii!!
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Kuyashii – Perseverance & The Energy To Succeed (Summary Notes)
What to say to all those critical voices in your head? Or to the well meaning naysayers that seek to hold you back? And how to overcome oppression? Today, we’re gonna talk about the Japanese word/concept “Kuyashii” and perseverance.
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we are all in this together.” Brené Brown.
Perseverance is not listening to self-doubt. Perseverance is keeping your resolve against the stern voice of naysayers. And perseverance is rising above life’s most difficult storms.
The Japanese word Kuyashii means, roughly, to use doubt and criticism as energy to succeed. Rather than letting those forces deter you, stand tall, remain of strong resolve. Persevere.
How To Respond To Failure Voice
One of the most critical voices you will ever face is the one that resides in your head. What to do when you’re the critical voice? Perseverance and the energy succeed is a habit, no matter the foe.
You need rituals, routines. Habits that bolster your perseverance skills. Here is one such formula that you might find useful;
- Rapidly clarify what went wrong. No BS, no lies, no politeness.
- Find the passion point that will fuel change. Absent that passion, nothing will change.
- Get clear on what purpose that change will serve. What’s the stick? What’s the carrot?
In review, perseverance requires: clarity, passion, and purpose. All three are necessary in order to respond to the failure voice within your brain. What’s the prize for practicing Kuyashii, the art of perseverance? Walk the path of calm resolve.
Perseverance And Naysayers
What about when your family and friends are telling you to play it safe? You’re taking too many risks, you’re getting them nervous. What do we say to them?
Practicing Kuyashii, the art of perseverance is to use the chaos in your mind to fuel your creative process. Using it to find solutions that no one else is gonna see; honoring that process, refining that process, documenting that process, getting better and stronger at that process. That is perseverance at the highest levels.
It’s not about pushing away the chaos. Kuyashii … the art of perseverance is about bringing it in, embracing it, and using it as energy to find better solutions.
Practicing Kuyashii, the art of perseverance in this situation requires believing in your path. Honestly. Truly. And on a very deep and profound level.
Perseverance in terms of the things you have to do. Perseverance in terms of the things you have to say. Perseverance in terms of the impact you have to have.
Practicing Kuyashii, the art of perseverance requires you, truly honoring and believing in your path.
Perseverance When The Odds Are Stacked Against You
What about those times when the odds are just stacked against you? We all experience this to some degree. It can shut us down. Or inspire us to give up. Especially around tragedy, or those who have faced oppression. That voice can be loud.
“‘How could you live through the Holocaust and not be bitter?’ I asked Elie. At 72, he emanates a quiet strength with his strong hand grip. It’s as if he’s saying, ‘I assure you, I am alive.'” “I assure you, I am alive.”
What does that mean to you? If you’ve ever faced monumental odds, if you’ve ever faced gut-wrenching tragedy, when I say, “I assure you, I am alive,” what immediately hits home? That is Kuyashii … the art of perseverance.
When we practice Kuyashii, the art of perseverance, we don’t give the odds much weight. We can’t. As world-renowned, philosopher Han Solo once said, “Never tell me the odds.” Unbeatable odds seek to silence your voice in this life. Don’t you dare let them!
Practicing Kuyashii, the art of perseverance is choosing to do whatever it takes to rise above your circumstances. To believe in the greater mysteries of why you were born.
Here’s Your Homework
It’s time to build a Kuyashii fire.
Your hopes and dreams, that’s your kindling. Above that, you’re gonna put your firewood. And your firewood is the self-doubt, the naysayers, the oppression, the odds, the things beating you down. You light kindling to practice Kuyashii, the art of perseverance. The fires of hope overcome the things that stand in your way.