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The Mushin Way to Peak Performance

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Aikido Way xi The Modern Battlefield xii What Is Aikido? xiii My Path to Aikido xv First Encounters xvi Journey to Japan xvii The Interruption xviii How the Book Is Structured: Applying the Principles of Aikido xix How to Use This Book xxiv Chapter 1 Heiki: Equanimity 1 There Is Another Way 2 An Opportunity to Prevent Violence 3 A True Hero 4 Calm Courage in the Everyday 5 A Moment When I Needed Heiki 6 Calm Energy Leads to Action 9 There When You Need It 12 Embracing Heiki 13 When You're Known for Fighting Fires, You Get More Fires to Fight 14 Helping Others through Heiki 15 Chapter 2 Ki: Energy 21 Building a New Routine to Embrace Change 22 It's All about Energy 24 My Own Encounters with Ki 25 When It Feels Like Ki Deserts You 27 Ki Alone Is Not Enough 29 When Strength Seduces You 30 Understanding KiMeans Understanding Your Own Limits 31 Learning Self-Awareness As an Entrepreneur 33 Channel Your Ki to Succeed 34 Building Elegant Support Structures 35 The Payoff 36 Chapter 3 Musubi: Connection 41 Tying Things Together 42 It's All about Connection 43 Building Musubi: Start with Self-Interest 46 Deepening the Connection 47 Working without Musubi 49 You Can't Sell without Musubi 50 Turning a Company Around by Cultivating Connection 52 Putting Musubi into Action 53 Chapter 4 Nen: One-Point 59 Finding Your Center of Gravity 60 Staying Centered through Good Times and Bad 62 Finding Your One-Point by Stepping Away 65 Maintain Your One-Point and You'll Achieve Integrity 67 Sometimes You Have to Make a Change to Remain Yourself 69 Michael Veltri, Super-Spy? 72 Chapter 5 Mushin: No-Mind/No-Distractions/No-Fear 75 Give the Grenades to the Zen Masters 76 No Expectations, No-Mind 77 Mindfulness and No-Mind 79 Emptying Your Mind Isn't Easy 82 Silencing the Monkey Mind 83 The Opposite of Mushin 84 A Better Way to Make Decisions 85 Chapter 6 Irimi: To Enter 93 Centripetal Force You Have to Get Close 95 Not Confronting a Problem Can Be Disastrous 98 The Real Cost of Avoiding a Problem 98 Procrastinators, Take Notice! 100 How to Tell the True Problem from a Distracting Tangent 101 Confronting the Smartphone Problem 102 Starting Small Is Still Starting 104 The Power of Irimi 105 Chapter 7 Kokyu: Breath-Power 109 Kokyu-Ho: Knocking Someone Over with Only a Breath 111 Time to Get Uncomfortable 113 One Way to Get Past Your Anxiety 114 Breathing While You Work 116 How to Take Control of Your Day 117 Risking Failure to Succeed 119 Real Risk, Real Rewards 121 Creating Emotional Exhale Moments 123 Try It Yourself Today 124 Chapter 8 C: Aiki: Unity 129 What I Should Have Known 130 Harmony in Action 130 Using Aiki in Daily Life 132 Try It Yourself 133 Use What You Have 134 The Road Less Traveled 135 Start with Self-Awareness 137 Embrace Your Weaknesses 140 Adapt, Improvise, and Overcome 142 Do Your Own Self-Assessment 143 Finding a Way 145 Chapter 9 Zanshin: Calm Awareness 151 Real-Life Daredevils 153 The Skill That Gives Spies Their Edge 154 An Exercise in Zanshin 155 Moments of Calm Awareness 157 Prepared for the Unexpected 158 Developing Zanshin 160 A Moment of Truth 162 The Power of Zanshin 164 Chapter 10 Wa: Harmony 169 Why the Finns Are Different 170 Fighting for Peace 171 Harmonious Hiring 174 The New Polaroid: Winning through Cooperation 176 Harmonious Progress 178 Understanding How Progress Really Works 179 The Honorable No 181 The Honorable No That Saved My Company and My Sanity 183 Conclusion Sumi-Kiri: Clarity of Mind and Body 187 Clarity of Mind and Body 188 The Road to Acceptance 189 Listening to the Inner Voice 190 Clearing the Way for Action 192 My Teacher 193 Duty and Obligation 195 Strength Forged in Pain 196 Tempered Steel 198 A World of Enlightened Warriors 199 Are You Ready to Transform Your World? 200 Notes 203 Acknowledgments 213 Hire Michael to Speak 217 Index 219

About the Author

MICHAEL VELTRI is top-rated keynote speaker, serial entrepreneur, and leadership expert for elite organizations such as the Central Intelligence Agency and many Fortune 500 companies. As a professional athlete, two-time cancer survivor, and U.S. Marine veteran, Michael shares his unique message of business transformation and peak performances to leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals worldwide. Michael has worked with diverse public and private sector clients including Fortune magazine's Global 500 standout, Samsung Electronics and the world's foremost medical research center, the National Institutes of Health. Michael's work has been featured by The Washington Post, Forbes, NBC News, and National Public Radio. Find out more about Michael's dynamic keynote speeches, corporate trainings, and comprehensive consulting services at

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