Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
Student at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville
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Part of the success in advancing in life comes from making and achieving goals. As the idea of making them sounds like a tedious task, they prove to work well because people aspire to do their best. And regardless of the outcome of set goals, they lead people to make new ones; they show the reality of ideas. It is okay to take breaks from goal setting, but living without them for long periods of time result in aimless running.
In a martial art like HapKiDo, students realize how making daily goals affect the mind when aiming for long-term goals. This idea can relate to trying to run a mile. To think of the mile as one long trip may be a turn off, but if the runner makes mini milestones throughout the journey, it becomes doable.
When people think of goals with smaller steps in mind, they almost act like safety nets from quitting. People are less likely to come up with excuses to take a break because the goal looks more realistic, more approachable.
Students at Choe’s HapKiDo see that there are many possibilities to accomplish. Examples include earning belts and developing strength, flexibility, and stamina. And with each day that someone shows up to training, there is some goal in mind. Maybe it is to nail a specific kick, or maybe it is to progress in another kick because one might take four months to perfect.
Through all the training, the students learn to persevere. They observe that they are not alone when trying to reach goals. Their peers are cheering them on, and the Martial Art Instructors are there to guide them. The experience gained during training will help them approach other obstacles in life because they understand that they take hard work, dedication, and patience to overcome.
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