by Liz Jansen
Expert mechanics and technicians do it all the time—take a stock engine, analyze its workings, and make modifications to increase the power it produces. While it can get complicated, it doesn’t have to be. Understanding the concepts is the first step in learning to making small changes that can result in a big difference.
As always, there are parallels we can apply to our daily life. These surprisingly simple notions can greatly increase our power capacity.
- Change the computer chip. You can change a motorcycle’s programming by swapping in an aftermarket chip. It’s easy to recognize when the programming has been changed. The programming we receive in life is more difficult to recognize. The environment into which you’re born begins shaping you at conception and continues to imprint thoughts and behaviors on you during your malleable formative years. Your parents, culture, environment, and teachers all shape your perception of who you are. This doesn’t mean it’s real or true, yet we grow up believing it to be so. Take a hard look at the beliefs that have shaped you and question their validity. Undoubtedly there will be false ideas to replace with deeper truths.
- Lighten up. Lightweight parts help the engine perform better as it takes less energy to drive moving parts. Carrying excessive emotional and spiritual weight diverts energy and reduces your available power.
- Allow more air in. Increasing airflow can overcome air resistance, which robs power from the engine. While defense mechanisms protect you from perceived harm or hurt in life, they also keep you from being receptive to other ways of thinking—ways that might just open up a whole new world of possibility for you. Allow yourself to explore new concepts and ways of operating.
- Allow exhaust to exit more easily. If exhaust can’t get out of a cylinder because the exhaust pipe is too small or the muffler has too much resistance, it robs the engine of power. Keeping things bottled up inside has the same effect on your spirit and, potentially, your health. Allow who you are to shine. Express yourself freely, openly, and proudly.
- Use high-quality nutrients. Quality lubricants can extend engine life, increase horsepower, and reduce heat buildup. The same applies to your body. Processed, refined foods, which are high in sugars and fats, are barely recognizable to your body and are hard for it to process. Over time, they contribute to disease, but they also reduce power even in the short-term. Wise, healthy choices fuel your body efficiently and effectively.
- Buy quality parts. Installing quality replacements on your motorcycle, such as a high-end air filter, pays off in reduced maintenance costs and increased power. Hopefully you’re not replacing parts on your body. Rather, treat it with respect by making wise choices on how you care for yourself and it will last you a lifetime. Replace low-quality ways of living with routines and environments that will reduce the wear on your body and spirit.
- Do one thing at a time. When you’re making changes, it’s important to know what’s working, how it’s interacting with what’s already there, and what still needs tweaking. Making one change at a time helps clarify what to continue doing and what to do differently.
- Share knowledge. Leverage resources. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time. Although there are times you feel alone on your journey, rest assured that there are others whose experiences you can benefit from, and vice-versa.
- Be vigilant. An engine that’s decompensating will give you signs that something’s wrong via changes in sound or performance. Likewise, your body sends physical and intuitive messages when something’s not right. Become attuned to what it’s telling you and take corrective action to restore full power.
- Make it YOU. It’s possible to make so many alterations on a bike that the original is barely recognizable. Whatever changes you make to your life, never lose sight of who you are. Modifications can enhance, bring out your strengths, and increase your expression of power, but keep them authentic. You have a unique gift to share with the world.
The stock engine you come with has more horsepower than you’ll likely use. However, it’s fun to experiment and discover new ways of expressing and enhancing that power. After all, life’s Road is full of twists and turns. When you don’t know what’s around the next corner, it’s nice to know you’ve got the power to deal with it, whatever it is.
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