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Find ways to incorporate the strategic concept of M-B-S into your thinking and your life, as an aid to getting to the heart of the challenge and successfully solving it.

More than just a shape, the Triangle is the most important part of MBS when applying or using the “Science of Synergy.”

The goal is to combine each of the three areas (mind, body, and spirit) into one more powerful whole. The idea is that by themselves they can each be strong—strong mind, strong body, or strong spirit—but together they are even stronger and often forge a formidable new entity.

This process consists of three steps:

Step 01 – Shape it up

The first thing we do is draw a triangle. We use a triangle as a problem-solving device and a clear illustration of the 3 legs of MBS.

Step 02 – Don’t want – Do want

The second step is to write down our goals and the current problem we are dealing with, or both, inside the triangle. Before you write down your focus, make sure your goal is set in the most positive way possible. It is never advisable to seek a negative goal.

If you wrote: “I don’t want to gain weight,” then you will need to change that to, “I want to get in better shape.” If you wrote, “I don’t want to get fired by my boss,” then you should make it a positive goal such as, “I want to succeed at my job and get a promotion.” This is important because the mind will attract what you focus on, negative or positive. If you don’t want to be fat, you will constantly think about being fat. If you want to be healthy, you will think about being healthy. This is why you don’t see posters of overweight people in gyms and fitness centers. We want to keep the image of what we want to become in our mind at all times. Here are some negative to positive examples:


I don’t want to waste money.

I want to spend money wisely.

I don’t want to be broke.

I want to be wealthy.

I don’t want to be afraid.

I want to be in control.


We don’t have enough employees.

How can we get more employees?

It is too cold in the office.

How can we warm up the office?

Not enough income is coming in.

How can we increase sales?

Getting clear on your goals and clearly defining your real focus is critical before you begin working on a solution. Before you write down your problem or the positive version of your problem, make sure you have the right focus. You can do this by asking the right questions.

Let’s say for example that your company is having a problem with internet speed. You could write down “faster internet speed” as your goal, but that would hardly be something that you would need to think much about. If you could increase your internet speed, you would have already done so. So maybe you have the highest speed possible, now what? You have to run that problem through a filter by asking yourself this question:

Why do we want ____________________?

Or for our example:

Why do we want faster internet speed?

The answer you give will likely be the focus you need to place inside your triangle. In this case, the answer for needing faster internet is to increase productivity. So, “increase productivity” can go inside the triangle and you can then begin to troubleshoot the problem directly.

Step 03 – MBS Questions

Once we have our positive focus written down inside the triangle, we can move on to the third step and ask the following three important questions:

What can I do Mentally? – to achieve my goal

What can I do Physically? – to achieve my goal

What can I do Spiritually? – to achieve my goal

Going back to our example of increased productivity, we have the following answers:

What can we do mentally to increase productivity?

Teach employees how to make better use of their time.

What can we do to physically increase productivity?

Place more needed items onto the intranet or local network so the internet is not bogged down. Adjust internet settings to improve performance.

What can we do spiritually to increase productivity?

Understand that people like competition and acknowledgement; they don’t always work purely for a paycheck. Find a way to stimulate, encourage (and reward) a passion for producing a better result and thus more productivity.

Usually your answer will contain a lot more ideas and you may write as much as you want or pull in more people for a brainstorming session. Follow the same process if you have a different problem.

Let’s try another example.

A client wanted to work on losing weight. I asked him why he wanted to lose weight and he answered, “To attract girls.” So we have a completely different focus. We went from losing weight to attracting the opposite sex. He was connecting the two, making them one objective in his mind. They are actually separate goals.

Sometimes we can apply the filter question again to get an even better answer. So I asked, “Why do you want to attract girls,” and he replied, “Because, I want a girlfriend to share adventures with.” So at this point we are at least closer to the real problem. So he might write in the triangle, “How can I find someone to share adventures with?” Notice that this is a completely different goal than losing weight, although his efforts may also have that benefit.

Please note that we can certainly dive deeper and deeper with every question. By asking, “Why do you want a girlfriend?” we could come up with a deeper reason behind his quest. Sometimes this is important because often what people seek isn’t what they really want. So if you are in doubt or you don’t feel you are achieving results, run your goal through the filter question, “Why do I want ________?” The deeper you go, the more revelatory your answers will be. Do not, however, let this become a never-ending circular quest.

Let’s work on another example:

What can I do to stop gaining weight?

Apply a positive spin (flip it) so you have:

What can I do to get in better (healthier) shape?

Mentally you might create the identity you want to adopt or become. What is the image you desire? What kind of a person will you have to become in order to achieve this task? Did Batman just one day decide to don a cape and a mask? No, first it was a mental decision; he created an identity for himself. Being overweight is a mental condition; that’s the source. If you want to solve it, go to the source. This mental image of the “new you” will inspire you during your quest to achieve it.

Physically we might exercise and change our eating habits and the way we move. Since being overweight could be a physical result of lack of movement and too many high-sugar foods, we can logically reverse the procedure with lots of movement and many healthy foods to replace the sugary ones. A medical exam might also be a good idea, to determine if there are physiological issues, especially before embarking on a stringent eating plan and/or exercise regime.

Spiritually we can get on course, develop a genuine purpose, and find support from our environment. Sometimes just telling people what you are attempting to do will be enough motivation to get you onto your feet to start doing it. Find a friend with the same goals, or join a program to provide guidance and encouragement.

Okay, one last example before we move on to making it happen:

What can I do to stop failing in school?

Apply a positive spin (flip it) so you have:

What can I do to improve my learning?

Mentally we might start by being open-minded and welcoming of new ideas and concepts. Take in all the clues and then make an educated decision. Find and use techniques that work; don’t just dwell on traditional strategies as the average person might.

Physically we can be more active and proactive. Do you need coffee to get up, to move, or to work? If you were to sit up in your chair and take a deep breath and clap your hands vigorously, your energy level would rise dramatically. This stimulates the body and thus affects the brain as well. Coffee (or any other form of caffeine) is a crutch, not a solution.

Spiritually we could teach others what we know. As I mentioned before, teaching is like hammering a nail. When you learn, it’s like getting the nail in place; when you teach, it’s like hammering it in. This also helps generate motivation. The stronger you want your knowledge to be, the more you must teach. The questions from your student, and the positive results of your teaching, will inspire you to higher levels of learning.

Do you understand how you can use this strategy to solve some problems in your life? When you do that, you will have the three areas in a correct balance for aiding in your achievements. Think of the triangle as you would a tripod and your focus is your camera. With all three points on the ground, you are far more likely to get a better picture – a sharper image of your goal. If you are serious about change, then be like a serious photographer and use a tripod. If one of these legs were to change, it would bring the tripod out of balance and the images we focus on will change as well.

As a tripod, the MBS becomes our life support system. Your feelings and Self-Image are supported by the way you think, feel, and act, and what you do mentally; whether communicating with yourself positively or visualizing your improved self. How you feel or your state of physical health will play a role in determining the size and strength of your self-image. And finally, the experiences in your life and the way you handle them will also play a role in balancing out your self-image. The mind-body-spirit triangle determines how big your self-image is. The more consistent you are with setting and accomplishing goals that move you forward, the bigger your self-image will be.

Winjitsu Work Out # 56

Try this exercise today:

  1. Draw a large triangle
  2. Write your (positive) goal inside that correlates to a current challenge in your life.
  3. Write down ways to achieve the goal Mentally, Physically, and Spiritually.

About the Author RICK TEW

I will do the splits for you too. I provide edutainment events that help you to be a Ninja in what you do. I offer Martial Arts Therapy Retreats on Samui Island in Thailand. My unique Winjitsu Mind-Body system of coaching inspires you to BE more fulfilled and to DO more to KickStart your ideas.

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