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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

Getting Off The Wash Machine – Wow, sometimes I feel like we’ve been thrown into a washing machine, shaken up, tumbled, then spun around a few times for good measure. In this whirlwind of the past 4 months, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of where North is. When we seem to be fighting for survival, our goals go out the window. So I wanted to put this article together to give our readers some food for thought on dusting ourselves off, and toward thriving the second half of this year. I hope you find it helpful.

Survive or Thrive? – While survival is paramount, we cannot live life as a whole in that mode. Our goal should not be to survive, but to thrive, and we can only thrive when we have specific, attainable, and time-bound goals. Goals that we are working on every day to achieve.

As we close in toward the first half of the year, I wanted to share with you some thoughts to keep you going strong.

RECHARGE – Just as weight lifters do after several weeks of intense training, there is a “rest period” to allow muscle growth, or like an airplane which needs periodic maintenance to remain safe. We also need short periods of rest, to allow our bodies and minds to de-load, relax, and repair. So take some time to rest and recharge your batteries.

REASSESS – Second, there’s always a need to periodically REASSESS your progress, not only in Karate but in life in general. I believe that we should always look to improve our situation and ourselves. If you are not moving forward, you’re getting left behind. To make sure you are in fact moving forward, there are few questions that you can ask yourself:

  • Where am I?
  • Where have I been?
  • Where am I going?
  • Is what I’m doing right now taking me to where I wanna go?

Then, here some things you can do:

  • Write down what progress you have made the past month
  • Make a plan of action for the next 30 days
  • Keep yourself accountable
  • Seek advice from those who have done what you want to do.

REDOUBLE – Once you are rested, have checked your progress, and know where you want to go (and how), then it is time to plow forward with full intensity. You know what you need to do, so can you do more of it? Do it better? Do it longer?

Commit to the work and refuse to make excuses. Say to yourself every day: “If it is to be, it’s up to ME!” Keep on moving forward!

Wishing you great success,
Willy Strohmeier, Colorado Karate Club

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