Road Map to Martial Arts Success by Chong KwanJangNim Richard Hackworth
What’s your Ultimate Goal or Objective with your Martial Arts training?
Do you have a clear picture of what you’d like to achieve with your Martial Arts in the next 1-3-5 years? How about 5-10 years? The greater clarity you have on any goal, the more likely you will attain it.
Having clarity on your long-term goals and desires makes it easier to stay motivated in the short term. It also makes it easier to overcome any short-term setbacks or obstacles.
During a recent Black Belt pre-test, I was speaking with one of the moms of a young Black Belt candidate. She was also a student but was dealing with an old injury that had her very concerned about training for her Black Belt. To the point that she had stopped training and wasn’t sure if she was going to return.
I was surprised because I could tell she really enjoyed it. However, the fear of injury and the possibility of needing surgery had her considering throwing in the towel. As we spoke, I shared with her my views and experiences overcoming what many would have considered career ending injuries. But nothing could stop me from achieving my Ultimate Goal in the Martial Arts.
Since our conversation, she has returned to her training and is very happy with her decision. It’s very easy to grow discouraged and lose sight of your goals and objectives. This can be especially true if you never take the time to think about your longer-term Ultimate Objective.
Let’s face it, we are all going to deal with setbacks and obstacles.
My encouragement is for you to consider where you’d like to see yourself in the next 3-5 years…possibly even longer and create a clear picture of what you’d like to achieve.
If I decided to drive from Florida to New York, it would be easy to create a road map for my trip. It would also be easy to stay on get back on course if I got side tracked.
WHY? Because I know where I am going. The same is true for you and I with our Martial Arts training.
Every day we are training is a great day…which is why we train every day!
If you would like to develop a better road map for your martial arts success, then speak to your instructor about upgrading to a new program that will take you to that level. You’ll be glad that you did.
To your success,
Chong KwanJangNim Richard Hackworth
Vice President US National Taekwondo Association
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