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Developing a Black Belt attitude: PERSEVERANCE

You can have all the talent in the world but that’s not enough. You can be incredibly strong, but that’s not enough. Persistence is the key.

  • Never give up. Just keep right on keeping on. Do not dwell on failures or defeats, do not dwell in self-pity of how ‘unfortunate’ or ‘unlucky’ you are. That’s for losers.

  • After every setback (and there will be many) get right back on the road again.

  • Perseverance is the commitment to keep going when things get hard or you lose your focus. It means not giving up until you get the result you were after.

  • “It’s just too easy to give up. While others were stopping, I was still moving forward. The limitations were the same as others, but I just kept picking myself up, dusting myself off and looking at new ways to approach the barrier.” – Andy

  • …and one of Robin’s favourites: “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

A couple of quotes from famous thinkers that sum it up well:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our martial arts community in the news

Northstar Martial Arts, our partner school, featured in Channel 7 news on Monday 17 October. The news report extolled the virtues of real martial arts in helping kids deal with the pressure of everyday life, including bullying. Thew news crew interview Andrew Dickinson Sensei and Black Belt May-Lai Paulin.

Click below to watch.

Have a great week and see you soon.

Robin & Corinne

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