Thoughts on Training
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
The hardest part is often to start, many people are interested in martial arts training but never take that first step. Nobody can take that step for you and it will be the first of many hurdles. Your Journey is unique and only you can walk your path, many can help along the way.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Help along the Way
Having good teachers, role models, mentors and training partners helps us have faith in our ability to learn and develop. We can see the journeys which others have travelled, the paths they have walked before us. We can understand they have faced their own challenges and obstacles and grown from the experience. From their example and with their guidance and support we can continue on our journey and have the courage and faith in ourselves and our support to keep going.
Obstacles in the Path
All great stories have obstacles, what makes the story great is overcoming the obstacles.
You may not battle monsters or scale mountains, but you have your own challenges. We all do. Doing nothing is rarely the solution.
Make your story great.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow."
Mary Anne Radmacher
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
First comes courage, the courage to start, the courage to try, and the courage to persist.
Confidence comes from successful experience. Facing a challenge, overcoming an obstacle, dealing with fear and uncertainty, overcoming aggression, learning a new skill.
Only from success can we learn to be confident.
It is important that training gives you the opportunity to be successful.
This is why training is done in steps. Take on too much at once and we are destined to fail. Repeated failure destroys confidence. Challenge yourself a little at a time, one step outside the comfort zones in your life and you will learn that you can succeed.
Learning from Mistakes
Our mistakes often present us with our greatest opportunities to learn and grow. We need to acknowledge and understand our mistakes without allowing them to become hindrances to our growth.
We are human, we make mistakes. If we can learn from them and become better then they are worthwhile experiences.
"A Black Belt is a White Belt who never quit"
There are times when we all want to give up on something, when is all seems too hard. When Life gets in the way. When we are too busy.
To quote Martin Rooney: "Today is not that day."
Training in a supportive environment, with people who want to help you and want to see you succeed makes it easier to persist when it seems too hard. To try one more time. To do it again. To get up once more and take one more step. But just like the First Step, only you can choose to Persist.
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