S:1160 Principle: Fire

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


Trees have many threats. Among them are invasive insects, damaging diseases, and drought. Their greatest threat is fire. Whether caused by ignorance, apathy, psychopathy, or nature, a forest fire can be all-consuming (word choice intended).

Studies show one of the biggest contributors to out-of-control forest fires is excessive undergrowth. Eliminating the undergrowth reduces the starting, spread, and effect of fire.

The best way to reduce the undergrowth is proscribed burns. These managed and controlled burns diminish forest fires.

Why is this a topic for an S3MC? Because sometimes the old adage is true. To “fight fire with fire” can work. Not fight as in pushing back, but as in eliminate the source energy of a conflagration.

If you don’t like the way something is going in your world, pushing against it is hard and, based on observation, doesn’t work very well. Instead, look for where you can absorb the underlying energy.


Coaching Point: Have you thought of “fight fire with fire” in this way before?


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