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Today is the Beginning
Posted on June 23, 2011 by David Johns
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Introduction to Blog
I am an instructor for a martial art called Chang Moo Kwan.  I am putting a book together for my students and the beginning students are white belts and through the first three belts which are yellow in our system.  I was putting some thoughts in my head about what a Yellow belts needs are and how to start strong.  I wrote down some thoughts and I thought this would be a good blog.  Below are my thoughts for a good beginning
Today is the beginning
This is the beginning of your journey,  “Today is the first day of your life”  Every day is the first day because yesterday is gone it is dead.  No matter what you did yesterday you can not bring it back.  It is gone and is forever gone.  If you were the king or if you were the beggar that day is gone.  What you have is today and what are you going to do today?
As a White belt / Yellow belt – this is the beginning stages.  This is where we set our habits, our foundation.  What foundation do you want? what habits do you want?  Good habits or bad habits?  The good news is you get to choose.  The bad news is that you are not a new borne and you have already created habits that are acceptable to you.    Today you start choosing your future.  Today someone is going to teach you and you can either do what you have always done or you can learn to live in the moment and take in everything this person says and does.  Not just take in the words but take in the location, the smell the feelings.  The tones of the words, the heat the cold, take all of today in.  Take all of this moment in and feel it through out your being.  This is your life and it is your journey.
You have entered this studio and this location.  Your first step is to believe, trust and have faith in your instructor.  If you do not believe or trust you instructor you can not learn from them.  Give your instructor a chance and believe in the foundation that they will build to become a future martial artist.  If you really let yourself go and trust your instructor they will be able to help you live in the moment.
To set our foundation and grow, a person must visualize where they are going or what does their heart see.  Set goals, both long term and short term goals.  What do you want to accomplish in the near future this could be next week it could be in the next 30 minutes it could be in the next year.  The longer term could be the next 3 – 5 years and of course the longer terms could be 10 – 30 years.  The shorter goals need to be stepping stones to the longer goals.
Chuck Norris, Inner Strength My Story.
Chuck Norris a six time world champion writes in his book “The Secret of Inner Strength” copy written in 1988 says. “ I had learned over the years that when I want something I must first establish the goal in my mind and form a mental picture of it.  I try to imagine all the obstacles that will get in my way.  I mentally prepare to overcome them. I visualize the goal as being already accomplished.  Then I muster all my determination and persistence so that I can stick with the project long enough to succeed.  As far as I am concerned ability is not the major prerequisite in achieving any goal – determination and persistence will overcome any obstacle.”
Michael Phelps, "No Limits"
Michel Phelps an Olympic champion in swimming winning 8 gold metals in 8 events at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. ( by the way he was diagnosed in elementary school as ADHD) He states in his book “No Limits” that  every year since he has been swimming competitively, I have set goals for myself in writing he also states that he visualize every race and goes through the perfect race and the race with problems and how to compensate for any issues in the pool once the race starts. He also states that “ If you put a limit on anything, you put a limit on how far you can go.  I don’t think anything is too high.  The more you use your imagination, the faster you go.  If you think about the unthinkable you can.”  The back cover of his book “No Limits” says “ So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done.  But all it takes is imagination.  You dream. You Plan.  You reach.  There will be obstacles.  There will be doubters.  There will be mistakes.  But with the hard work. With belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you there are no limits.”
Michael Jordan, "Driven From Within
Michael Jordan had goals. He wanted to be respected.  He wanted to be better than his brothers.  He wanted the girls to look at him.  Michael wanted to be the best at the Wilmington N.C. play ground.  He wanted to make the Varsity Basketball team,  He wanted to get a four year scholarship to a major college.  Michael could not make varsity squad until he his Junior year in high school.
These three people and countless other successful people have commonality.
They are all dreamers

  1. They set goals
  2. They trusted their coaches or mentors
  3. They had faith in the process
  4. They became the process
  5. They practiced,  (Deep practice)

As a white belt or wherever you are in your life today is the beginning.  If you have not set your goals, start setting your goals.  Search and find your coaches, Mentors and teachers.  The saying goes “Once a student is ready, a teacher will be there”.  It is not hard to find a teacher it is harder to be the student.  To find your teacher will be easy once you are ready to be taught.  Set your goals of what you want. Find that teacher / Mentor that will help you get there and trust them.  Work on the process or build the correct habits then practice them.  Deep practice them. Remember a coach / Teacher / Mentor can only teach you what they know.  You will need to find other mentors as you grow.  Your mentor is not life long.  Life long appreciate, but not life long mentor.