October 2, 2022

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Achieving Long Term Goals by Chong KwanJangNim Richard Hackworth

Achieving Long Term Goals by Chong KwanJangNim Richard Hackworth

“The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.”

Sometimes, our goals are so big, much like mountains, they end up being too overwhelming for us. These are the goals that we usually never achieve. For a lot of people, reaching Black Belt is such a mountain.

Many will go for those ‘Black Belt Home Study Course’ type of programs, or some even just mail away for a Black Belt certificate from some fly-by-night organization whose certifications are meaningless.

You must approach earning a Black Belt like getting a college degree. Yes, it takes a few years, but in the end, you are very proud of your accomplishment. Make a commitment to yourself and to your teacher. Getting your Black Belt is a team effort. You can’t do it alone.

The trick with very ambitious goals like achieving Black Belt, is to take things in small steps slowly but on a regular basis, much like carrying away those small stones a bit at a time. When giant goals are broken down into small steps that can be handled easily, the results of all those small steps turn into giant goals being achieved, over time.

So, if you have ambitious goals for this year, don’t make the mistake of trying to do everything at once hoping that you will succeed. It doesn’t work like that. If you have already abandoned such big goals, maybe revisit them but with a new strategy.

Don’t expect to rush through big goals. Instead, just start working towards your goal a little at a time but on a steady, regular basis so you still have forward momentum. Then several months from now, you will be able to proudly look back and see what you have achieved.

About the author: Richard Hackworth is a natural medicine and nutritional research specialist. He is the Vice President of the US National Taekwondo Association and owner / operator of the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies in Ocoee, Florida where he personally works with adults, families, and children to improve their lives through the healthy martial arts training lifestyle. You can visit his website at https://americandragonkoreanmartialarts.com

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