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The Plan was to teach and it was the wrong thing to do.
The Plan was to impart some knowledge on some folks and these folks would train hard. They would embody the kung-fu lifestyle.
The Plan was to make a monster as fast as possible so that they would get better and make me better. They would buy some gear and stick around and want to bang.
Don’t follow in my footsteps. Don’t be so eager to teach. Shut your school down. Go learn. Seek out a reputable gym and keep growing. That’s the New Plan. It’s never too late.
In High School and through to College or University, most young’ins feel it – that passion and drive to CHANGE THE WORLD.
Maybe people still feel it, however as we age I think the numbers start dropping. Big Corp and Big TV capture the souls of many.
For the few survivors or those who are trying to reclaim their souls, I urge you not to give up on your dream of changing the world. When you were younger, it didn’t seem like an insurmountable feat. As you got older, perhaps you saw how big the world really was. For whatever reason, you started to lose hope. The answer to regaining your stride is this: start small.
Find your niche. Find what you like to do, what your hearts of hearts desires in life and don’t just do it – live it. Live your Tao to its full potential. Master your domain. This is how you start small to conquer the world.
Then, and only then, will you have realized that you have changed the world. Your world.
Make it yours,
Men, in time, return again to the mysterious workings. So all creatures come out of the mysterious workings and go back into them again. - Watson, B: 1964, P. 117
Do your current goals still serve you?
As we age, the game changes. As we evolve, our needs change. As we get closer to some of our goals, they morph into something else.
Don’t squander your talents. Look outside your field. How can your expertise in something fill a gap in other people’s lives?
Listen to your Seed of Heaven. It will guide you.
The Yuan Qi is the seed of true nature that Heaven plants deep within at the moment of conception. We must nurture the potential of this seed to fulfill our destiny. - Nourishing Destiny, Lonny Jarrett, p. 103
When I first started posting on my blog, I used it to chart my workouts, something like a personal reference system so I could chart progress. Since then, the blog has grown. Along with my co-writers, we have diversified the topics that we post about. However, just to set things straight, this blog is about martial arts and self development primarily. Personally, without Gung Fu and martial arts, my life would be at a standstill. It has given me an immense grounding as a human being and has been a constant, even during life’s hardships. I continued to train (under my Opera Wing Chun teacher), during law school, when my father died and during the early part of my career. Martial arts have remained a constant companion. I would go so far as to say that Gung Fu has defined me.
I firmly believe that all of us need some skill or vocation that can help us define our role in the Universe. This can be through such mediums as music, dance, religion, philosophy, tea making or anything else that fits the profile of helping us in our quest for self knowledge.
Mine is Gung Fu.
On another note; yesterday I squatted 270lbs for a set of 3. My pull ups seem to be stuck as a 1 rep max of an additional 135lbs. I weigh 158lbs. I am stronger than I have been, but to the detriment of my martial arts training. I have been so focused on fitness that the simple acts of hitting bags, pads and sparring has been placed on a back burner. Maybe it’s time for a change. But, like most changes in my life, I need to chart my goals first. So, it’s time to let the neurons fire, time to put pen to paper in order to plan out my training. Everything starts with a well formed plan, no?
Interesting read from the book “In Search of the Human Mind” by Robert Sternberg. It lists a series of points on, as you may have gathered from the title, why intelligent people fail. I’ve picked out what I find to be the most pertinent points, but do click the link at the bottom for the full list. (emphasis by me)
1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.
7. Inability to complete tasks. For some people nothing ever draws to a close. Perhaps it’s fear of what they would do next or fear of becoming hopelessly enmeshed in detail.
19. Lack of balance between critical, analytical thinking and creative, synthetic thinking. It is important for people to learn what kind of thinking is expected of them in each situation.
20. Too little or too much self-confidence. Lack of self-confidence can gnaw away at a person’s ability to get things done and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Conversely, individuals with too much self-confidence may not know when to admit they are wrong or in need of self-improvement.
Sternberg, R. (1994). In search of the human mind.
Some good words from Arnie about how the mental approach to body building can be applied to achieving any goals.
One of the greatest revolutions in my training arose out of a desire to chart my progress on paper. Up until that point I had adopted what can only be described as a laissez-faire attitude towards training. Despite pushing myself to incredible limits, my progress was stunted because I had failed to adopt a SCHEME for improvement. Instead, I trained in accordance with how I felt on a day-to-day basis (not always a bad thing). One of the greatest discoveries I had was when I went to a psychology based training camp where one of the topics was goal setting. I was taught to evaluate my current training patterns and use short term and long term goals as a means to get faster, stronger and more explosive.