The Kobayashi Maru: Changing the conditions of the no-win

Posted: April 24, 2018 by Ty in Spirituality

The meditation of Blessing during service at Unity Spiritual Community of Calgary Sunday was supposed to see the brilliant white light shine through and eliminate the darkness. Usually ease for me with meditation and visualizations (energy work too) … but on this morning what came through was the flickering of a fluorescent tube in a darkened stock room of some b reel horror flick of the 1980’s. Symbolism a bit of how I feel on this journey of neuro life that has changed my direction.  Considering the plausibility this may be a no win for me in my simple life mission of making my own little corner of this world a better place?

I changed the conditions of the test. I got a commendation for original thinking.

-Admiral James T. Kirk, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan

To become command staff in Starfleet a test is needed so you understand that there inevitably will come a time when you will encounter a no-win scenario. A rescue mission turned into an ambush attack that ends with the destruction of your ship regardless of what you do to win.

Many days, especially recently, I feel like I am constantly taking the test. The No-Win Scenario. That which is to prepare you for a life lived where you cannot always win. The test that is supposed to get leaders used to losing their crew. Or for those in non-life and death service, a test that is supposed to get one comfortable with failure. Think in the world of equipping/mentoring/training. We learn concepts such as “catastrophizing”- once you have worked through the worst possible outcome how bad can it be. Or, failure is where learning is done.

kmYet, what is missing with these and other adages (I am sure you have your own). The concept that perhaps there is nothing that is a no-win. In coaching we talk about the coach rolling with the resistance, so the client can work through what is holding them back from their potential. In a way the resistance is the test, it is the no-win. When we roll with it, re-frame, and use powerful questions we cut through the B.S. (belief system) of the individual on what they truly mean by win or success. What is it this situation needs to look like for you to be able to live into it, live through it or walk away from it with your integrity and youness intact.

Essentially, we, you and I, are like Cadet James T. Kirk. We are confronted with the Kobayashi Maru, and we can take it as we perceive the universe has laid it out for us. As many millions of cadets of life have taken it before and failed, learning the no-win.



We can do what creates ripples of change. That is change the conditions of the test. Seek that commendation for original (heart/intuition) thinking.

What do you have to lose?

Nothing more than the flickering fluorescent light tube. Nothing more than the rock in the pit of the stomach when your ship is destroyed.

What do you have to gain?

What does the turning the no-win into a win for you look like?

What conditions of the test you are in need to change?


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