Embracing Progress in Karate and Life: Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can!
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of tasks and responsibilities that await us each day. Whether getting ready for school, managing our workloads, or pursuing our passions like Karate, the feeling of being paralyzed by the sheer magnitude of it all can be all too familiar. However, by adopting a simple mantra and embracing the power of progress, we can navigate through the chaos and find our way to success. Today, let’s explore the profound wisdom behind the words …
“Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can.”
Just like my daughter struggles with organizing her thoughts in the morning, many of us face similar challenges in our daily lives. We often stare at an extensive to-do list, unsure where to begin or how to proceed. During these moments of overwhelm, we must take a step back, breathe, and remind ourselves to start where we are.
Starting where we are means acknowledging our current circumstances and accepting that it’s okay to begin from wherever we find ourselves. In Karate, this may mean starting with the basics and gradually working our way up. It could involve taking that first step towards a goal, even if it seems small or insignificant. Remember, every journey begins with a single step.
As we embark on our karate journey or tackle the tasks at hand, it’s essential to recognize and utilize the resources we have at our disposal. Sometimes, we may feel we lack the necessary tools, knowledge, or support to progress. However, rather than dwelling on what we lack, we should focus on what we have.
Using what we have means leveraging our existing skills, strengths, and available resources to the best of our abilities. It might involve seeking guidance from our karate instructors or relying on the support of our peers. By harnessing the power of our current resources, we empower ourselves to move forward and make the most of what we have.
Once we have embraced our starting point and recognized the resources we possess, it’s time to take action. Doing what we can involves committing to meaningful and purposeful steps toward our goals. It may not always be easy, and there may be obstacles, but progress is possible when we choose to take action.
In Karate, each practice session, each technique mastered, and each belt earned represents a step forward. In life, each task completed, each challenge overcome, and each goal achieved is a testament to our ability to progress. Remember that it’s not about making giant leaps but about consistently moving forward, no matter how small the steps may seem.
By embracing the mantra of “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can,” we can transform overwhelming moments into opportunities for growth. As we take action and make progress, something remarkable happens—we regain control, boost our confidence, and improve our overall well-being.
Instead of worrying about everything that lies ahead, we can focus on the present moment, tackle one task at a time, and experience the satisfaction of progress. Each step forward fuels our motivation, propels us closer to our goals, and instills a sense of accomplishment.
So, the next time you feel overwhelmed, take a moment, breathe, and remember the power of this mantra. Choose one thing, start it, and witness the transformative effects of progress in your karate journey and beyond. Let us embark on this path of growth, resilience, and unwavering determination together.
See you on the mats.
PS We talked about knowing yourself and how you work in a previous post. To view it, just click HERE.