There are times in life when if fortunate we experience a moment of utter clarity. We feel wide awake and connected and balanced: everything makes sense, we know exactly who we are, what we want, and why we’re here. In that moment, be it one blink or a thousand, our effectiveness is maximal. And yet our actions seem minimal, effortless even, and the experience is consummately satisfying.
These are moments of shibumi, a Zen concept that has come to denote the height of personal excellence: effortless effectiveness.
Based on author Matthew E. May's popular fable The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change, the Shibumi! app will guide you on your own personal pursuit of shibumi, enabling you to:
• Sort through the 52 cards in the Shibumi Card Deck lending special wisdom, key insights, and practical guidance while provoking thought and providing inspiration for your journey. The cards put the concepts revealed in The Shibumi Strategy at your fingertips, and can be shared via email, Facebook, and Twitter.
- 11 Principle cards contain the most important Zen ideals, as well as key Eastern ideas.
- 5 Practice cards contain the Japanese business and personal leadership techniques.
- 5 Path cards contain introspective questions that help put you on the path to shibumi. They follow the structure of the pathway in The Shibumi Strategy: Commitment, Preparation, Struggle, Breakthrough, and Transformation.
- 31 Philosophy cards each contain an inspirational quote from the sidebars of The Shibumi Strategy.
• Set significant goals for yourself with the help of a virtual Daruma doll to send you on your way. In Japanese culture, a Daruma doll is given to someone who is taking on a new challenge or direction, beginning a new venture, or setting a significant goal. Upon receiving it, one colors in the doll’s left eye. The other eye remains blank until the goal is achieved.
• Follow the author through his blog and Twitter feeds to maintain your motivation.
• Read a free excerpt from The Shibumi Strategy.
• View videos on notable individuals talking about what shibumi means to them.
“Matthew May manages to illuminate an all-too-common career crisis with Zen insights and concepts that not only provoke thought but also give you powerful strategies to tackle change, challenge, and opportunity.” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
"Drawing from ancient Zen practice and applying those principles to modern life, [Matt] shows how you can turn the obstacles in your path into opportunities to transform your career, perhaps even your life." Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
"The holy grail for any leader is to reach a state of clarity and peak performance. Through the power of story, The Shibumi Strategy shows us how, and sheds an invaluable light on the role (and potential) of the everyday struggles we face." Scott Belsky, founder & CEO of Behance and author of Making Ideas Happen