Why bother to set big goals? Well, one reason is because larger goals give you a much broader
frame when measuring your progress and growth.
Focusing only on small, immediate goals helps in the short-term, but in the martial arts we’re always thinking long-term as well.
Another reason is that setting your sights on large scale achievement provides a motivational boost.
Engaging in the pursuit of a worthy goal or objective on the mat or off gives a powerful structure to your time and energy.
We need that structure so we don’t end up spinning our wheels.
The truth is that the only way most of us see real results is by taking serious action. When you have an exciting goal to reach for, it’s much easier to take action.
Some people get nervous about large goals. After all, the bigger the goal…the bigger the obstacles.
But remember there are countless stories of people overcoming the odds and the obstacles that get in their way.
Why? Because they were determined to succeed no matter what obstacles interfere.
Most truly worthwhile achievements are usually very difficult to accomplish. In the grand scheme of life, tougher goals tend to toughen us up. And it’s been said that the tougher that we are on ourselves, the easier life will be on us.
Many people love training for Black Belt and beyond in the martial arts because they understand that it’s meant to be a challenging goal.
It brings challenges of skill, will and desire. In the pursuit, we become stronger and stronger…mentally, physically and emotionally.
A person with a strong will can go much farther in life than someone that is quick to give in to obstacles and setbacks.
So don’t be afraid to set bigger goals and take a broader vision. The next time you encounter an obstacle and are tempted to give up on your goal, consider that what you become in the pursuit of that large goal is often as important as what you get at the end.
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