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It’s all about developing self-control.

If you’re going to achieve anything great, you’re going to need to start developing self-control and patience.

Part of my job as a teacher is having uncomfortable conversations. This week, I spoke with a parent about their child’s progress and it was exactly that. The conversation was uncomfortable because I had to tell them that their child wasn’t ready to move up a rank. As we spoke, we came to an understanding that this wasn’t anybody’s fault. The fact was that the child wasn’t mature enough and there is very little you can do to help that. Accepting that takes self-control. Not trying to change that, takes patience.

This week’s message is all about that…

Great works are performed not by strength, but by patience.

We often have goals, just like this student, and we can become frustrated by how slowly we achieve them. I had a good friend and mentor that would OFTEN tell me ‘patience young one’ when I became impatient. I’m still a bit impatient, but I’m working on it and that means developing self-control.

The reality is that sometimes, our goals are meant to be achieved RIGHT NOW! Everything that is needed to achieve a goal will take time to develop is a natural part of a process. We often can’t do too much to rush it forward and need patience to accept that.

This week, look at your goals and if you’re not achieving them as fast as you’d like, be patient. Not trying to speed up the process means building self-control. The hard work you’re putting in now will certainly pay off and imagine how great that experience will be!

Take care and see you on the mats soon,

Michael

PS. We’ve spoken about patience and process before. Just click HERE to check it out.

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