Power Move: A move or action that advances you towards your goals. Deliberate and purposeful.
“Power Moves Only n***a.”
So begins Big Sean’s verse on last summer’s “Control”. You know, the song that had the internet going nuts because Kendrick Lamar essentially assassinated your favorite rapper over a few bars?
Yea that song. Despite the wordplay, jabs and controversy that the song caused, what stuck out to me the most were Big Sean’s opening words.
Power. Moves. Only.
Those words, that phrase, have become a mantra for your truly. And I’m here to share that manifesto.
I’m sure it meant other things, if anything to the creator of “Control” but to me the phrase means that every move or action s is deliberate and serves as a stepping stone for an ultimate goal. In other words, there is no wasted action or time. You do things because they serve a purpose.
It’s as if you asked yourself, before any decision, “will this get me closer to my ultimate goal? Is this going to help me in the long run?” If the answer to either question is yes, then you proceed.
Sometimes though, not doing a “move” is a Power Move.
For example, after years of chewing tobacco, I finally decided to quit one November of 2012. Yep, been tobacco free for over a year now. I decided to cut the bullshit and stop making excuses. Very simply put, is this habit of any benefit to me? No.
And just like that I quit cold turkey.
Maybe it works out that “Control” birthed this mantra. After all , if you only focus your time on moves that advance you to your goals, you’ll always be in Control.