I’ve heard this story a number of times. Even if you’re not a fan of Sylvester Stallone or Tony Robbins, you can’t help but be inspired by this story.
It doesn’t matter if your goals are to be an aspiring actor and writer achieving success in the movie business or if you are a Taekwon-Do instructor who wants to expand your ability to make a difference with people by increasing your number of students and living the kind of lifestyle you want for yourself… Whatever your goals are, they are attainable.
There is a path, and it’s up to you to make it happen. You don’t always need to know how it’s going to look along the way, but you do need to be crystal clear about the outcome you are committed to. It’s that idea that you’re afraid to share with others because it’s something close to your heart and really matters to you. It’s that idea which is bigger than yourself, bigger than money, bigger than thousands of students and bigger than success. It’s what you know fulfills you.
In a conversation I had yesterday with Master Phil Nguyen, the author of the new book “Bully Busters and Beyond”, I got present to how quickly Taekwon-Do has spread in such a short amount of time, and how the driving force behind that was General Choi. But it didn’t happen because General Choi wanted to be famous, or because he wanted make millions. He may have wanted those things, but those weren’t the reasons why he took the actions he took to make Taekwon-Do a world wide phenomenon.
Why did he do what he did and why was he so successful?
Because he saw the possibility of Taekwon-Do, as a lifestyle, making a difference for all of humanity. Even hoping that it could make a difference in bringing together his divided country that was once one Korea. He was inspired by that possibility and it has provided us with the art that we all know, share and love.
What difference do you want to make?
You have a choice here. You can tell the truth to yourself about what really matters to you and the difference you want to make for others, and get serious about fulfilling on something that you know will actually bring you more joy, happiness and fulfillment.
Or you can succumb to your circumstances and keep making excuses why you aren’t living the life you are capable of living.
At all times you are either honoring what you are committed to, or you are playing victim to your circumstances.
About the Author:
Senior Instructor – Karstadt Taekwon-Do
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