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Making progress. What’s the key?

I was teaching class this morning and one of the students said to me “It’s easy for you to do that, you just naturally react that way.” He was right. Of course, what he forgot or neglected to mention was that I’ve been practicing it for twenty years! I should be good at it! That reminded me that people often expect too much progress too fast. They forget that progress is progress, no matter how small. That’s the key to making progress.

Setting SMALL, easily achievable goals is REALLY important. I think this is a key to setting and achieving goals. It’s something that we do in the Martial Arts all the time. We have a goal of achieving a Black Belt, but it would be ridiculous to expect to achieve it in a year…even a couple of years. So, we take that goal and we break it up into other belts and within those belts, stripes. We take a big goal and break it into small ones. We’re happy with a little progress at a time.

In January, we see a lot of new adults start training. Sometimes, we’re asked by those people “How fast can I get in shape?” They’re acting as if it’s going to happen in a month or two and that’s just not going to happen. Depending on the person, it could take months or even years. However long it takes, it makes me think of this week’s message of the week…

Progress is progress, no matter how small.

Make sure that if you’re working towards a new goal, that you’re patient with yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to achieve that goal. Recognize that as long as you’re making ANY progress, you’re going in the right direction.

See you on the mats,

Michael

PS This reminds me of a post that we did on learning a new skill. Check it out HERE.

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