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Reaching Your Goals and Overcoming Obstacles for the Martial Artist

I still get baffled at the thinking of some people. No matter what you say or do, they stick to their excuses and stay negative, limited, and stuck. Yet they don’t see it. They usually say, “I’m just being objective.”

I don’t mind people in our industry using information, analyzing their statistics, taking an inventory of their resources and time, and then reevaluating a dream or goal that might need some tweaking.

What I do mind is limited thinking. Not going for the dream… at all. Being stuck and blaming the world for it.

I realize that we want the perfect set of circumstances to start on any goal or project. Who wouldn’t? We want the right amount of time, resources, money, kudos from our peers, no mistakes or pitfalls and then instant results of our efforts. Right? We all know it doesn’t work like that.

Track coach Bud Winter said it best “If you demand perfection of yourself, you’ll seldom achieve it. Fear of making a mistake is the biggest single cause of making One. Instead of pushing for perfection, relax and pursue excellence.”

We can always come up with the ‘the cons’ on our list. The ‘fear factors’ that can stop us from going forward with our plan. How would we accomplish anything? Will that make us happy if we are not reaching towards something? Nope. Successful people set goals and have what’s called ‘stick-to-it-ive-ness’. That never ending persistence.

So now you know what gets to success. How do you keep your goals in the spotlight and overcome that fear of failure? Enthusiasm.

“Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.” -Norman Vincent Peale

My husband Frank and I have a saying, “Our Monday’s are better than most people’s Christmas.”

Why? It keeps us thankful for every moment of doing a ‘hobby’ for our career. It also sets up our thinking to handle whatever stress and challenges comes our way that day. Phone calls, intro lessons, helping students on the classroom floor and off and the multitude of other things.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you as school owner or an instructor the challenges of running a school and the students and/or parents who come to you to solve their problems. It’s draining. Isn’t it? To the point where you wonder if there is anything left over for yourself.

Let your enthusiasm and spirit keep going when you experience set backs or hurdles in your day. Faith in what you want to accomplish will carry you through and to reap the benefits of what you want to accomplish.

“You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.” – Henry Ford

When people see your enthusiasm, they can’t but help you reach the goals you set for yourself and your school. Enthusiasm is contagious. It’s what gets folks wanting more of your classes, talking about it on Facebook and Twitter, and want to tell their friends just how great the energy is where they train. You and your staff make that happen with enthusiasm. It is the energy that you can feed off of to reach the goals you set for yourself, your family and your business.

I am going to leave you with a story about one of our students named Jesse. It keeps me smiling whenever I think about him. I hope you will do the same when life throws challenges at you and your fears try to override your enthusiasm.

Sadly, when Jesse was just 18 months old he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He had surgery and the tumor was removed. Follow-ups every year showing he was cancer free keeping his parents in relief that he had beaten the odds.

Unfortunately, around his 11th birthday and 3 months before he was to test for his Junior Black Belt, they got the heartbreaking news the tumor was back.

It scared us all. But not Jesse. Jesse told us he worked too hard towards his Junior Black Belt. He was not missing his test…no matter what!

As Jesse opened his eyes from a successful surgery to remove the tumor again, first question to his doctor was “So when can I get back to my karate class?” Couple days later, wouldn’t you know it, that kid was back in class, practicing his techniques and determined that even an obstacle of cancer was not going to get in his way.

Jesse’s Junior Black Belt test was a true extravaganza that showed over 300 spectators his passion and enthusiasm for his goal like no other. That energy rippled through the school like a wave of determination that students, parents and instructors couldn’t help but feed off of and be proud of.

It was Jesse’s love for his sport, the karate school, his friends in class and the empowerment he felt when we taught him a “Yes I Can!” attitude. That attitude kept him on his path and not give up. Nothing was going to get in his way. Not cancer. Not surgery. Not anything. He reached his goal to Junior Black Belt. It was an event that is not only etched in his life, but it changed all of us who know his story and saw him first hand, reach his goal.

Jesse is now training in our adult program. He’s determined to reach his adult Black Belt. I can’t think of anything that could get in his way.

I tell you this story not just to make you feel good, but to show you as adults sometimes we just see all the obstacles in our way. That fear can well up inside of us and keep us from our purpose in life. It can keep us from reaching our goals. Don’t let it!

Keep that fire burning inside of you. Like Jesse, your enthusiasm will keep you from letting any fears take hold and keep you from your goals and dreams.

Here’s to your ‘Yes I Can!” moments.

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