Eyes on the Prize….
When was the last time you wanted something? Really wanted it? Did you get it? Did you achieve your goal?
If you didn’t, then you know what disappointment is. You might have felt sad, defeated, embarrassed, or even ashamed. Those aren’t good feelings.
What does any of this have to do with martial arts classes? The key to achieving your goals is knowing how to set goals, and that’s a skill that many adults are lacking.
The secret to effective goal-setting is setting goals that are realistic, measurable, and achievable. Sometimes, when you have a big goal, you can lose sight of the little things you need to do along the way. And that’s an area where studying martial arts can help.
You see, a student of the martial arts is in constant pursuit of goals. If someone comes to us wanting to earn a black belt – an admirable goal – we explain to them that their goal is achievable. We also tell them that it’s a long-term goal. And then we explain the way martial arts belts are awarded.
To earn a belt, students must master certain skills. Each belt has levels indicated by stripes. In other words, studying martial arts is all about understanding that small goals build toward large ones. Doing one small thing today can put you closer to your big goals.
In our classes, students learn the value of breaking down big goals into smaller ones. They come to see how focusing on one skill and mastering it can bring their dreams within reach. That’s a skill that easily translates to other areas of life – including work, finances, creative pursuits, and more.