We’ve all heard about what cause and effect is and know how it works. Your parents may have even used that principle to teach you a lesson or two as a child. And there is no doubt that things happen (effects) because something else happened before that (cause). You could say there’s always a reason.
I picked this picture because it’s what is going to happen this afternoon when I take my son to the doctor for his last shot. He’s about as rough and tough as they get for a 5 year old, but when he sees a needle, all hell breaks loose! Cause and effect. The actual shot doesn’t even really bother him, but the anticipation of it, is what causes the freak out to occur.
Now lets turn to your life. I’m sure you could go on forever about why things are the way they are and about what caused you to be in the position you are in now.
I don’t know if you’ve realized this or not, but knowing all of that, knowing “why”, doesn’t make any difference. How do I know this? Because things have been the way they are, and you have been in the position you are now in for a while now.
Spending time trying to figure out how you got there and why things are the way they are is a waste of time!
If you want to grow, if you want to succeed, if you want to go beyond what has been the norm for you, then it’s time to let go of all the reasons, justifications and explanations of why things are the way they are and begin to chart your own path.
When you are focused on trying to figure out the cause of things, you are focused on the past. Your time is spent looking backward, worrying about what has happened and often beating yourself up and blaming yourself for how things have gone. You can do all that, and it is definitely informative, but it does nothing to get you a step closer to where you want to be, to what you want to accomplish with your life, your school or your organization.
So if this “cause and effect” isn’t doing you any good, why do I bring this up?
I bring this up because looking at cause and effect in a new way can literally change your life in a moment. This may sound like hype, but I assure you it is real.
As I said before, using the principle of cause and effect is like looking back in time and trying to figure something out. If you are a detective working a homicide case, or a criminal lawyer, this kind if thinking comes in handy, in fact you job depends on it. But we’re not talking about that.
We’re talking about you using the principle of cause and effect to impact your future.
The opportunity here is for you to become the cause of the success you want to create in your life.
There’s nothing for you to figure out here, only something for you to create!
First thing you need to do is to get absolutely clear about what it is you want to accomplish. Determine the “effect” you want to create out in the world. This isn’t something you will ever figure out, it is something that you just declare. You don’t need any agreement for it, you don’t need evidence for that you can do it and you don’t even need to know how you are going to accomplish it. You just need to create it, declare it and go after it!
People may wonder who you think you are going after something so big or trying to accomplish something they themselves would be uncomfortable taking on. When they ask why you are doing this or why you think it’s possible all you need to say is, “because I said so”.
Who was Gandhi to say that India could have independence from the British? Who was MLK Jr. to say that there could be a world where people were, “judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin”? Who was Gen. Choi to say that ITF Taekwon-Do can make a difference for all humans regardless of race, religion or ideology? They saw something possible and went after it. It became possible because they said so, because they were clear about the effect they wanted to have on the world and they became the cause of that effect.
Who are you to say that you can have a successful Taekwon-Do school? I know you see something possible here or you wouldn’t have started teaching in the first place. In fact, you wouldn’t even be reading this article!
Decide what you want to accomplish. Declare it! Share it! And become the cause of the effect you want to make in this world.
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