Never Give Up! Keep On Pushing!

  1. David is a beginner. He’s a kid just like you. He’s an orange belt and he takes his martial arts lessons very seriously. One day he decided he wanted to try sparring. He hoped to one day compete in a tournament and win himself a trophy. He learned all the basic techniques and practiced with his instructor whenever he could. It was finally time for his first match. He was confident and he thought he was ready to shine, but it didn’t go his way. His opponent scored three points in a row and he lost the match. He was devastated, but only briefly.
  2. David is a black belt. Well, he’s not one yet, but he’s well on his way. He already has there black belt mindset. That means persevering and not letting anything get in his way. The next day after the match he was worried he would never be good enough to win, but he pushed that idea from his mind. He got back to work. He asked for some extra help. He practiced in front of his mirror whenever he could. He knew that next time it would be different. He would learn from his mistakes and keep trying.
  3. David is a mountain climber. Well not literally, but he had a mountain of adversity and setbacks in his way and he climbed over them. When he got knocked down, he got right back up again. He kept pushing forward. It was time for his next match and this time he was ready. He took a failure and turned it into a positive. He won the match. 

Have A Black Belt Mindset! 

Martial arts teaches us to persevere. Sometimes it may seem there’s no possible way that you’re going to win or reach your next rank. You may think to yourself that it would be much easier to just move on. Don’t! Never, never, never give up. 

Your instructors may have talked to you before about having an indomitable spirt. Resilience is the same thing. Having an indomitable spirit means being incapable of being overcome, subdued or vanquished. Indomitable spirit is that part of a person which makes them unique, that part of a person which provides hope, strength and courage to get up and face each day with a smile. Indomitable spirit is perseverance on a long term basis. We try and sometimes we fail. We don’t get discouraged. We try again. We learn from our mistakes. We put in the work. Just keep pushing and success will be yours. Keep having that resilient mindset! 

A Setback Is A Set Up For A Comeback. 

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