You have the ability to create the school of your dreams.
When you started teaching either part-time or for a living, you had a vision of what you wanted to create. Whether it was a mega 5,000 sq ft. school with 1000 students, a number of schools all over your area, just one school in your corner of the world where you can make a difference, or anything in between, you had a vision.
THEN YOU STARTED TEACHING.
Suddenly you had to run a business in addition to teaching Taekwon-Do and for most of you, your vision took a back seat to having to keep your doors open.
As time went on, you’d have a great idea for something to present in grade schools, you’d see ways to reinvent your curriculum to make it more exciting and more effective, you’d come up with the perfect referral program for your school, you’d have great idea after great idea that would get put on the back burner.
I bet that even some of the ideas I discuss here in the 1 TKD Insider aren’t brand new to you. You’ve probably even had the thought that you could or should to something, anything, that would bring people from all the ITF’s together (without creating another ITF). The idea for this newsletter isn’t original, I just took action and now hundreds of instructors from all over the world and from all organizations are participating.
This even goes beyond Taekwon-Do. How many times have you read something or seen something on television and said to yourself, “I had that idea years ago!”
The only difference between you and the person who executed that idea is that they took that idea and got into action.
Now this is usually where people say, “Yes! That’s great! I had/have a vision, but…” and it’s followed with a chorus of complaints about not having enough money, or time, or resources to get done what you want to get done. They blame their circumstances, the area they live in, even their parents. Then they top it all off with excuses for why things haven’t gone their way in the past and use those as evidence for why things won’t go their way in the future.
All or some of that crap might even be valid, but it has NOTHING to do with you taking new action toward your vision NOW.
You have a choice. You can honor your complaints, your circumstances and your excuses and blame others for your situation, or you can step up and honor your vision, honor what you are committed to.
If you continue to fall back on your complaints, circumstances and excuses, its only because you are more committed to keeping them around than you are to your vision.
You can find stories all around of kids who grew up with nothing and are now working themselves through college, even med school. And when the average person living below the poverty line in the U.S. can still find a way to have a home, a cell phone, a flat screen and a gaming console… you can find a way to achieve whatever it is you want.
So, are you going to honor your complaints and circumstances or are you going to be one of the few who step up and honor what you are really committed to, your vision for your school and yourself as an instructor?
About the Author:
Mr. Karstadt is the founder of 1 TKD Consulting and owns the longest running ITF Taekwon-Do school in Arizona, Karstadt Taekwon-Do in Phoenix, AZ with his father Master David Karstadt. He has been training since 1984, earned his Black Belt at the age of 8 and is currently an internationally renown intstructor teaching the culture, discipline, leadership and business skills of Taekwon-Do in classes and seminars to Instructors around the world. He has been a member of eight U.S. Taekwon-Do Teams and has traveled to 14 different countries competing in Taekwon-Do. He has won numerous medals at the World Championships and in international competition, most notably winning the 2004 World Championships in South Korea with two gold medals and the Men’s Team All Around Trophy. Mr. Karstadt currently resides in uptown Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three children. Mr. Karstadt can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com