MKMMA Week 23: Law of Least Effort
This weeks lesson on the Law of Least Effort was an important reminder for me about flow.
I know from my own experience that when I get into the flow, things come easily to me. For instance, when I’ve made the most money in my life — it flowed in and required the least amount of effort. At certain points in my life when it seemed as if a new chapter was forming, people, places and non-connected areas all seemed to flow together. I’d get a new car, new job, new house, new pet all at the same time.
As an advertising copywriter, I was sometimes able to get myself in a state of mind where ideas would flow.
Despite these flow-state moments in my life, I didn’t fully understand how it all worked. Nor was I able to make it happen whenever I wanted.
Now armed with an understanding of the Law of Least Effort, I have a stronger ability to create flow in my life. Understanding, of course, doesn’t mean anything if you don’t apply it.
Applying the Law of Least Effort means living each day with…
Acceptance: I accept people, situations, circumstances and events as they occur.
Responsibility: I take responsibility for my situation including all those events I see as problems. And I blame no one, including myself.
Defenselessness: I relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I remain open to all points of view and am not rigidly attached to any one of them.
When first looking at the three main components of the Law of Least Effort, my ego struggled with the amount of trust, faith and surrender inherent in the Law of Least Effort.
But then I remembered acceptance, responsibility, and defenselessness are all skills. And skills can be learned through practice.
Of the three I find defenseless the hardest to master.
I am an opinionated person. In fact, I have a podcast called Carl and Mike that’s all about sharing opinions on things as diverse as politics, sex, religion and current events. And yes, while I have strong opinions I like to think I am open to all points of view. In general, I accept people as they are, even if I sometime don’t understand their point of view.
My struggle is to let go of my own opinions. Ironically, I tell myself that’s going to take the most effort!