He stated that the difference between focusing on improving the technique and improving yourself – is like focusing on getting a better cookie cutter vs. focusing on the process of making a cookie.
At my dojo we’ve always concentrated on being relaxed and “being present” versus focusing on improve our technique.
Over two training sessions, he stated that most Aikidoists (and I feel most martial artists in general) focus on getting the technique “right” – when in fact if one wants to get the technique “right”, one has to be present in their mind-body-feel presentness.
Basically, just be present and in the moment – and the act of baking your favorite “cookies” will come together.
Don’t focus on the cookie cutter. Don’t!
My take away? Focusing on the cookie cutter will only get you a nice cookie cutter. The cutter itself is just part of the process of creating the process. Besides, you don’t need a formal cutter in order to make cookies!