I fell in love with the song Inner Ninja by Classified featuring David Myles the first time I heard it. Not just because it’s a catchy little tune, but also because it packs one powerful message. The pairing of rapper Luke Boyd, known as Classified, with the folk/pop/soul talents of David Myles might seem like a stretch. But maybe that’s why it works.
Inner Ninja challenges us to find our inner strength in the form of a butt-kicking martial artist. Will you encounter obstacles in life or get knocked down? You bet. But given the right attitude, a little concentration and confidence and there’s nothing you will face that will be too much for you.
That’s an important message.
Most of us don’t do want we really want to do in life for two reasons.
In one way or another we are afraid.
Scared that we can’t do something.
Scared that we actually can.
Scared of what other people think.
Scared to take a risk.
Just plain scared.
The other reason is we quit too soon. We hit a bump in the road or things don’t quite go our way so we throw in the towel. “It’s too hard” is a common excuse for not doing what we say we really want to do.
Life is not a straight road. Nor should we want it to be. The challenges and obstacles we face provide us with greater clarity, deepen our learning about ourselves and teach us new skills. Instead of resisting the challenges, I think what we really need to do is to look deep inside ourselves for our inner strength so we can tackle them.
I recently saw David Myles in concert and he talked about the wild success that Inner Ninja was enjoying. He also talked about his hesitation in doing the song. It was risky collaborating on a hip hop song and definitely a giant step outside of his usual genre. But he decided to take the risk. I bet he channelled his inner ninja.
Success is waiting for all of us if we are willing to take the risk.
So how do we do that?
First take a breath. Like any good ninja you need to be present in the moment and pay close attention.
Then take a step out of your comfort zone. Absolutely everything you want is currently outside of your comfort zone. If it wasn’t you would already have it. You don’t have to take a flying ninja leap unless you want to. A small step creates momentum. More times than not, to overcome an obstacle you need to take a risk. You need to try something new, or think differently about the situation. Even if it doesn’t go your way, you have the inner strength to try another tactic. You just have to be willing to access it.