Did you know that some 99.91% of people by January 30 have, on average, given up on their New Year’s resolutions? It’s true that the New Year’s Eve parties feel far behind us, and some may not even remember all of the details of that night. But, does that really change any of the reasons you had for setting those goals for yourself?
While all of those things are important to you, life demands so much, often the opposite of those goals you set….. Whether it’s learning self-defense, earning more money, excelling at your studies, getting into better shape, ….. But, don’t give up. The straightest path to reaching those goals isn’t lost to you: You can do it!
How? By reviewing the key-habits that impact your life (instead of allowing life to dictate you).
What do I mean?
I remember when I first started training for a tournament. I was nineteen years old, and was planning on going to a major kickboxing tournament under the guidance of the WBL kickboxing champion. At first, I was pumped. I couldn’t wait to get in there and “mix it up” with the other guy. But, then training hit me. (Hit me harder than the other guy ever did.)
At first training was difficult to get used to, but as I began to take that first step – showing up to train – I found that other things (that were previously impossible) were possible, like diet change, putting in that extra set, or some difficult and new technique my Sifu (teacher) wanted me to learn. You see: By focusing on one key-habit (getting to practice) I was able to change in other ways and develop other positive habits (all of which helped me exceed my expectations in my first tournament).
It’s one habit, when applied, that opens the doors to following through on other important habits. So, focus on one key-habit for a couple of weeks or a month, and enjoy all of the changes that take place as you show up. . . . If you want to master life and not have life master you, you can’t focus on too many habits at once and expect sustained change. You have to master that one key-habit before you’ll open the door to changing others. As Lao Tzu said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. But the journey doesn’t stop there. We must put each foot in front of the other and keep walking to our journey’s destination.
Where will you go today?