Develop The Habit Of Turning Up


One of the most common questions that we hear is, “How did you achieve your black belt?” Although there are many elements that contribute to a student attaining the level of black belt, there continues to be one underlying element that stands out for many of the seniors that I have heard answer this question.

The underlying element is the action’ of “turning up”. It sounds a little too simple, doesn’t it? For as long as you choose to turn up consistently over a lengthy period of time you will stack the odds in your favour to earn your black belt.

It’s very simple advice, yet to implement the action of “turning up” in our lives can take a truckload of self-discipline, focus, determination, patience and a never give up attitude.  

Some people would say that the path to black belt is seasonal much like life. You’ll have your highs and lows, you may lose sight of your initial commitment and goals, you may become distracted, you may find yourself fighting off a sea of negative emotions, self-doubt and fears, you may even find yourself not progressing as fast as you would have liked.  

On the other hand, you may feel more alive than you ever have, you may feel an inner strength guiding you to a more balanced, organised and fulfilling life, you may experience your mind and body become one and lead you to adventures and experiences that you may have once felt impossible, you may even feel body parts ache that you never knew you had.

The journey from white to black belt is going to take not only your physical muscles but also your mental and emotional muscles. All your muscles will fatigue and break down at various points in your journey and if you choose to continue to “turn up”, your muscles will repair and grow stronger and help you live a more harmonious, energetic and productive life. Because of the person, you will become, there is no doubt that you will leave a footprint or two in this world and you will make a difference.

Being a person of action, I wanted to leave you with a couple of actions that may help you with “turning up”. Test them out at various times, create your own (and please share so we can all learn with you), or tuck them away for a rainy day.   

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