The Power of Small Victories

halliead-001.jpgIn martial arts….and in life in general, we have a tendency to look at the big picture, the destination, our big goals and can’t help but be overwhelmed sometimes. 

All of our doubts and fears begin creeping in and it is easy to become discouraged, lose focus, or just plain lose the drive to continue.

When the destination seems to far away, the goal to big, or the mountain is just to tall to climb, that is when we need to focus on the power of small victories.

After all, what is any huge accomplishment, but a collection of many, many small victories.

The Black Belt that just walked into class…..they didn’t earn that black belt from one grueling black belt test. They earned it from 10,000 regular classes, from 10,000 small victories. From those days they didn’t feel like coming to class, but did anyway. From that time they had a bump, or bruise, or small injury…..but they came anyway.

They reached their destination by taking each mile, each hill, each obstacle step by step.

Each small victory has a way of accumulating as you go. Of helping you gain traction, gain momentum, building speed as you go. Like the old steam powered trains that started painfully slow, and gradually build up steam and momentum until they are rocketing down the tracks unstoppable towards their destination.

The question is not will you reach your goal today, are you equipped for your dreams right now? The question is what step, no matter how small, can you take today? What small victory can you accomplish this very day to keep you on those tracks, moving just the tiniest bit forward, or maybe just from keeping you from rolling back? It might seem insignificant now…..but 10,000 days from now it may be the moment that made all the difference in your entire life.  

So get up, get out, and get moving….and win SMALL today!

Joshua Page, Hickory Academy of Martial Arts

http://www.hickorykarate.com

On Slipping….

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“Daddy I slip a lot less when I hold your hand.” 

 

My Son was talking about the rocks we were walking across, but he reminded me the importance of being connected to the things that keep us from slipping, and keep us moving along the right path.

Life is too complex, too difficult, and just plain too tough to get through without having to hold onto someones hand from time to time. Without having to lean on someone, or something to get you down the trail. Without having to be part of a group for direction, comfort, and safety during our trip.

IMG_1503The question is, whose hand are you holding, what are you leaning against, what group do you travel with. 

Life brings us the opportunity to strive for perfection, to seek out the best in ourselves through the help of others, to allow us to be guided and lifted by those who see the destination ahead, and not the side trails that look promising but lead to nowhere.

 

Chose the hand you hold carefully, choose the things you use to prop yourself up, surround yourself with people concerned with the destination, and the ones who walk the right path, even when it is not the easiest path.

Most of all even when no one is around to help you, when Daddy has already reached the end of his trip, you still have a Father who is always there to guide you, to hold you, to put you on the right path, to hold your hand and let you know everything is going to be just fine.

Safe travels, God bless, and Thank you to the people who hold my hand when I need it.

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Joshua Page, Hickory Academy of Martial Arts

3/30/2016

 

 

 

Bees, Flowers……and Destiny

I had a “Hallmark Moment” the other day. Sitting in a beautiful country inn, surrounded by happy people, a beautiful day beaming in through the windows, illuminating a breathtaking flower garden with children running and playing.

As I was soaking it in, I noticed bees buzzing from flower to flower….something I have seen thousands of times before…..something I never really stopped to consider for how amazing it is.

A plant that somehow over the course of time developed itself to produce a nectar the bees would be drawn to, a nectar whose purpose is to get the bees to land just so the plants pollen will collect onto the bee, and have the chance to be transferred to another plant, for the possibility of pollination. For the chance of making a new plant, to help continue the cycle of life for future plants….and for future bees.

What is even more intriguing are all of the millions of other wonderful connections that can be traced back to this one phenomena, of all of the connections that this one particular “every day” occurrence lead to.

It leads me to believe.

There is no every day, no ordinary, no run of the mill. That this world and everything in it are here for a purpose, that we are all designed with a purpose, with a connection to the world around us, as a much needed piece in an ever-growing puzzle.

That just by being yourself, being true to who you are, can and will send ripples through the entire planet. The we are all designed with a purpose, and a reason for being.

Find yours today, and start living the life you were born for.

Joshua Page,
http://www.hickorymartialarts.com

Our Unique Connections….

A few years ago my Jiu-Jitsu instructor started teaching me about the importance of connection in jiu-jitsu.
The concept radically transformed the effectiveness of my jiu jitsu, and took away some of my fear and doubt, removed the struggle, and sense of hopelessness that was clouding my performance against stronger and more skilled opponents.

Connection theory in its essence is all about removing unnecessary motions, slowing down and simply breathing, stopping to feel where my opponent is letting me go rather than forcing him where I think he should be. It is about letting my opponent choose how they will be defeated, rather than imposing my preconceived agenda.

Connection theory however, is not all about combat, and self defense. It’s concepts can be applied in our daily lives to keep us connected on a deeper and more meaningful level in all of our relationships. For myself in particular it has been key in developing and deepening my faith.

So very often we feel disconnected from our faith, from purpose, from the love and grace of a loving God. However whenever we remove our distractions, remove our self doubts and really connect, when we stop trying to force things to happen. We slow down enough to feel God’s loving hands on our heart, we clear our minds of all the background noise enough to hear the whisper of his voice, we become still enough to respond to his gentle guidance, to feel and gain insight into our purpose.

When we become connected time slows down, we remind our selves to simply breathe, to become one with the moment and let that connection determine our purpose for action, or inaction, to let it guide us, and not our preconceived notions or desires.

It reminds us that God is always connected to us, always has us first on his agenda, has our best interest at heart, and wants us to have the very best……..and all we have to do to recieve all of those things is to simply be connected.

Joshua Page, http://www.hickorymartialarts.com