In 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
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” –Muhammad Ali
Believe in yourself before anyone else does, before your friends, or family do, before you have any good reason to.
Belief in yourself is the key, the essential step in accomplishing anything great in your life. The world will be the last to know, and honestly the last to care when you accomplish something of real value….that is exactly why you have to be the first to believe.
Belief however will not last unless you do something each day to reaffirm that belief, some action towards your goal, some of the hard work to get you closer to your dreams.
So let today be not just about belief, but proof. A day to add some perspiration, to your inspiration!
-Joshua Page, http://www.hickorymartialarts.com
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
by Marianne Williamson
Don’t be afraid to be you! Live your life to the fullest, run into your fears. Overcome the people, places, and things that hold you back from being….YOU and who YOU were meant to become!
“I am too old”, “I have a bad knee”, “I am really busy”, “I am not in good enough shape to do that”….”I don’t like to sweat!”. The list of excuses goes on and on. These are just some of my favorites from people about why they want to train, but can’t because……
It’s not just about training though, we all do a good job is giving ourselves excuses as to why we can’t do the things we want to do, or need to do, but just are ready to commit to the challenge, or the work.
Our cant’s start to define how we live our lives rather than our can’s.
What we need to remind ourselves daily (I know I do) is this simple phrase:
“It’s not can you….It’s will you.”
Will you box yourself in, confine your life to the comfortable, follow the rest of the heard day in and day out?
Or will you define your own boundaries, will you LIVE your life out loud, be the creator of what is possible, the architect of your Dreams
When you take all limitation’s off of you and follow your passion anything is possible, impossible ceases to exist!
It’s not Can You….It’s Will You!!!
If you need some inspiration here is a story that never cease to inspire me. It is about a young man who overcomes great odds to follow his passion of martial arts, and never lets his I Can’t, or Anyone Else’s define his life and following his dreams!