Engagement: Recognizing the Value of Training
The Keys to Martial Arts Mastery, Key
Remember when you first started training? For some, it was
just a few days or weeks ago, for others, years have gone
by since we took our first step on the Path of Warrior Mastery.
But, can you remember?
Even more importantly, can you remember what brought you to
the program? What was going on in your life at the time. How
long had you been thinking about taking martial arts classes
and why then, at that moment, did you decide to take action?
Remember what you told us you wanted to get from the program?
Remember the personal interview during your first visit as
well as the chats since then? What is it that the martial
arts gives you or helps you with that keeps you coming to
And, more importantly than "why" you began training is "how
do you know it's working in your life? How have you been tracking
your results? Aside from new belts and tips and all the trappings'
that say you've done a lot, how has your training been helping
with those areas of your life you said you wanted to fix?
You see, it's one thing to say that you want to learn martial
arts or to become a warrior and it's quite another matter
to be doing what is necessary to become the new you in your
dreams. As one of my teachers says...
..."everybody wants to progress
...everyone is into personal development, but...
...very few are willing to look in the mirror to see where
he or she is, right now. Very few are willing to ask the really
hard questions like "why do I do things the way I do," or,
"what habits do I have that are getting in my way?"
"Unfortunately, on the road to anywhere...
...you can't get there from not-here."
One of the best signs that your teachers have to see who is,
and who is not fully engaged in the program is that questing,
seeking attitude. The students and members (yes, parents are
learning too) who ask the most questions, or more specifically
the right questions, are the ones who are both 1) progressing
faster than average and 2) less likely to see that progress
because their eyes are constantly on the road in front of
them. For these students, the questions are not, "when do
I test for my next belt or get my next tip," but, "how does
this ABC relate to XYZ part of my life?
Every one of us has the capacity to engage in what we are
doing at the 100% level. No one can give 110% and giving less
is under achievement. But, many students, both academic and
within the martial arts, shoot themselves in the foot without
even knowing it. It's almost as, without consciously knowing
the damage they are causing, set themselves up for failure
before ever taking the first step towards achieving their
One way this is done is in not being able to clearly see or
focus on what's important as discussed above. The other is
in being willing to accept less than best at the outset.
While we may be Okay with getting less because we know we
gave it our all, many have the habit of setting a goal like,
"I want to lose 20 pounds," and then, in the very next breath,
expressing, "but I'd be Okay with losing 5."
How destructive our speech can be to our own subconscious
focus - don't you think?
So, as we enter the next quarter of this year, let's focus
on the original goals, with any modifications since beginning.
And, with an eye on results, lets be here (or anywhere you
find yourself for that matter), fully engaged 100%. Let's
ask the questions that will allow growth to be almost automatic
and, if we find something that isn't serving us - if we cannot
fully engage - recognize it as a distraction and let it go.
The goal of the Warrior Mastery & Leadership Program is to
produce, what in Japanese is called, the Tatsujin - the human
being developed to his or her fullest potential.
Not a karate master.
Not a good martial artist.
Not a Black Belt.
The goal is to become a Tatsujin...
...a master of life!
Jeffrey Miller is the founder and master instructor
of Warrior Concepts International. He is the author of "The
Karate-Myth" and the Danger Prevention Tactics video, among
others. For more info, subscribe
to his ezine here.
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