Usually when you hear the words, “time to grow up” it’s in a negative context. It might be something a parent or a loved one would say, or it could be something that you feel like you suddenly have to do because your circumstances change for better or worse. Whatever comes to mind when you hear, “time to grow up”, set that aside for a moment.
Consider that it’s always time to grow up!
There is never a moment in your life when life is static. It never stands still. Life is constantly changing and it’s your job to find a way to deal with it powerfully.
This past week, my daughter Tyla turned 16 and my son John David started Kindergarten. One is now on the verge of getting her driver’s license and that comes with a whole new set of actions and responsibilities. Time for her to grow up! The other has begun an entirely new lifestyle that involves school for 8 hours a day and also has a whole new set of actions and responsibilities. Time for him to grow up!
I now have to deal with new schedules, more car insurance, homework, teachers, bus schedules and other parents… not to mention figuring out what to do with my one year old Ava now that John David isn’t here to entertain her. Time for me to grow up!
Simply put, there’s always something going on in your life and it’s your responsibility to keep up.
Then (just to pile on) there’s people like you who aren’t just satisfied with keeping up. You are creating, you are teaching, you are running a business and you are making a difference for others through Taekwon-Do. That comes with it’s own set of actions and responsibilities. You’ve got to keep yourself educated, trained and ahead of the game. You constantly have to be growing up!
If you don’t, things stagnate, business slows down, students leave and you feel stuck as if there’s nothing you can do about it.
Like most Taekwon-Do instructors, you may find yourself at a point where you want more. Where you want to teach more students, want to earn more money, where you want a better lifestyle for you and your family. Well, guess what? That’s going to require you to grow up!
Right now I am in the process of developing an instructor/school owner resource that is unlike anything the ITF has ever seen. I’ve had to learn all there is to know to effectively develop websites, SEO, online business structures, e-commerce, video production, webinars, email marketing, automation and on and on. To pull this off, I have to (and will constantly have to) keep growing up!
What’s next for you? What’s the next area of life where you are going to grow? What’s the next area or your business that you are going to develop? Is it your marketing? Your retention? Your curriculum? Developing new instructors? What’s next for you?
All the resources are out there for you to accomplish what you want, no matter what it is that you want to do. It’s up to you to go get them, take action and fulfill your dreams because you are the only one that is going to make that happen for yourself.
Or you can just hope to win the lottery. Good luck with that.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org