Bruce Lee…and the process of Self-Evolution

Bruce Lee also known as Lee Siu Loong was born in 1940 in San Francisco, CA while his parents were on tour with the Chinese Opera (3). He appeared in more than 20 films as a child actor….and eventually moved to the United States at 18 years of age (3).

Eventually, he picked up martial arts and developed a style called Jeet Kune Do translated the way of the intercepting fist (3). What is most intriguing about Bruce Lee is the legacy he left after he died in 1973 which is a symbol of self-expression, equality, and innovation (3).

In your own life, you will likely go through various stages of personal development…right?

Stage #1 is called Self-Knowledge which is the stage where you identify your strengths and weaknesses through self-reflection and mediation (2). This is a critical stage because how can you move forward in life without first assessing where you are (2)?

Stage #2 is Comparison which is where you evaluate yourself including your skills and abilities in comparison to others. Oh…don’t pretend like you don’t…because guess what we all do, and that’s okay. The key is perspective, meaning you can either be envious of another person and their success or you can decide to unlock the secrets to their success (2). Soft skills and the ability to communicate with others is extremely important but beyond that it’s being able to remove the myth of who you think you are…and stripping down the essentials of who you need to be compared to where you currently are today (2).

Stage #3 is when you make the required adjustments or modifications, which is basically improving in areas where you are currently struggling (2). Whatever it takes for you to arrive at the point of making necessary changes the most important thing is that you are ready to make permanent changes…otherwise temporary or emotional changes will not produce lasting change (2). 

Stage #4 is acceptance and to be more specific self-acceptance which is the sometimes the biggest challenge…especially for those who are driven to succeed (2).

Stage #5 is planning which requires setting short and long-term goals but having the courage to write down the specific details (2). The reality is unless you are willing to put down your plan on paper it will likely never materialize because you have not truly committed to the plan.

Stage #6 is reaching your potential which requires understanding you are more valuable than you realize and Stage 7 is a lifetime of Self-Growth (2).

So what are the success keys to Self-Evolution and Personal growth?

  • Key #1 - Take personal inventory and identify areas that are at the infancy stage, inactive, or nonexistent, and set a goal to work on those areas (1).

  • Key #2 - For each area that you identified, visualize what behaviors and actions you would demonstrate if those areas were fully developed (1). You have to visualize what success looks like before it manifests in your life.

  • Key #3 - Next provide a written description that outlines what those identified areas look like in their mature state (1).

  • Key #4 - Then envision that a rope is tied to you on one end and the desired qualities are connected to the other end of the rope….visualize that rope pulling your towards your highest qualities (1).

  • Key #5 - Now focus on daily habits you can engage in to develop those desired qualities over the long-term (1).