THERE IS A MOMENT in the event of every shift WHERE everything in THE CAR KNOWS THE TIME IS NOW AND THERE IS NO TURNING BACK- SHIFTING TIME HAS COME!
At this point, the car moves into preparation. YOUR DECISION TO SHIFT is immediately followed by a violent action that LEAVES the vehicle NO TIME FOR DELAY. YOUR DECISION TO engage the vehicle in order to IGNITE its PURPOSE of getting you to the next location HAS PROMPTED THE SHIFT. And make no mistake about it -THIS SHIFT IS NECESSARY! Without the benefit of a verbal instruction, you declared your need and intention to shift with one movement; YOUR ENGINE WAS WAITING ON YOU! It knew it was time and it was ready! YOUR ENGINE NEEDED YOU TO make a move and RELEASE IT TO ITS NEXT LEVEL OF POWER, ACCELERATION AND SPEED!
WHEN YOU ACT, IT’S OVER. YOUR VEHICLE WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE THIS PLACE AGAIN. Time is about to go in slow motion (almost a setback if you will) and for a brief moment, life is suspended. YOU CAUSED THIS MOMENT and it is too late. YOU CANNOT BE STOPPED and your MOMENTUM AND NECESSITY HAVE BROUGHT YOU here TO THIS MOMENT! DO IT! GO!
You feel a kickback or a slow down in your vehicle as it seemingly takes a breath to get its second wind. The engine will shift seamlessly into its next gear. As if jolted from its “status-quo” coma to a state of awakening, it yawns out of the bed of its present gear towards new life! I know you are wondering, “Adam, what did I do?” I’m so glad you asked! Though if you drive or have ever driven a manual transmission, you already know. And WHENEVER YOU AFFECT THIS MANEUVER IN YOUR LIFE, SHIFT HAPPENS!
What was the event that brought you and your vehicle into agreement? What could you have possibly done that births the purpose of every manual transmission? I’ll tell you now. It was A SILENT DECISION MADE that caused you to PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN! WHEN YOU PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN on the clutch, THE ENGINE felt a lull in power as it DISCONNECTED FROM THE TRANSMISSION in order FOR YOU TO SHIFT gears.
So SHIFTING REQUIRES A DECISION – YOU PUTTING YOUR FOOT DOWN TO DISCONNECT FROM THE GEAR YOU ARE IN TO WHERE YOU SHOULD BE. IN ORDER TO LAUNCH YOURSELF, YOU MUST PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN. SHIFTING REQUIRES A DECISION TO DISCONNECT! It requires a disconnect from the norm to see what’s next!
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN in a relationship; sometimes YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN at your job. There are times YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN at a crossroads in your life; times where YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN to create that crossroad in your life. There are times YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN where family is concerned; the moment WHEN YOU REALIZE that THEY (family member, associate or so-called friend) WILL NEVER STOP ATTEMPTING TO SUCCEED AT CONTROLLING OR MANIPULATING YOU UNTIL YOU PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN.
PUTTING YOUR FOOT DOWN MEANS THE END OF ACCELERATION AND EXISTENCE ON THIS LEVEL. YOU WILL PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN AND decide to SHIFT WHEN YOU CAN NO LONGER DEAL WITH YOUR WORLD THE WAY IT IS; when you realize that YOU HAVE MAXED OUT THE level of the CURRENT GEAR AND NEED NEW POWER AND MOMENTUM TO MEET THE NEW CHALLENGES AHEAD. But ONLY YOU AS THE DRIVER OF YOUR LIFE CAN DEFINE THE GEAR THAT YOU NEED TO SHIFT FROM AND THE GEAR that YOU NEED TO SHIFT TO.
GEARS CAN BE PEOPLE, PLACES, POSITIONS, DECISIONS, RELATIONSHIPS, CAREERS or THOUGHT PROCESSES.
Here is the most important thing: NO ONE CAN tell you or DEFINE FOR YOU WHAT THE GEAR IS OR WHEN IT IS TIME for you TO SHIFT. BECAUSE of that, NO ONE IS EVER really READY WHEN YOU PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN. But know that WHEN YOU PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN, SHIFT HAPPENS! And YOUR PEOPLE MAY NOT BE PREPARED FOR THE SHIFT! That’s because THEY WEREN’T DRIVING your vehicle. THEIR OPINION WHILE OFFERED WON’T BE ACCEPTED because IT WAS TIME TO SHIFT AND GREAT DRIVERS CAN’T STAND PASSENGER AND BACKSEAT DRIVING!