With all the information available today, why isn’t everyone successful at what they want to do?
Today, if there’s something you want to learn you’re just a google search away from getting an answer. And if google doesn’t have the answer, it will point you towards a book, a teacher or a program that will. There’s a reason why they say we’re living in the “information age”.
So what’s the reason?
Or maybe a better question is, “What are YOUR reasons?”
This is not something fun to think about because reasons are nasty little things!
Your reasons are impacting the way you see yourself, your family, your students and your school. They control your thinking, shape your point of view and help determine what you believe is and isn’t possible.
There’s nothing wrong with your reasons. If you like them you should keep them. But if you know you’re capable of making a bigger difference, touching more people’s lives and being a bigger contribution to your community – then those reasons are limiting and doing damage to your dreams and those things that you are really committed to. You could say your reasons get in the way of your path, of you truly living the “DO”.
When you start to confront them, initially it can be intimidating or overwhelming because you’re not even aware of exactly what they are or how many there are. All you know is that they are there, like the great wall of China, standing between you and goals. The good news is that regardless of what you are dealing with, there are a finite number of reasons that you have for why you’re stopped or why you are not reaching your goals.
I challenge you to take this opportunity to sit down and choose an area of your life where you are truly committed to achieving something but you’re stuck or you can’t see the path to achieving it. Maybe it’s a relationship, maybe it’s a financial goal, maybe it’s how many students you want… it can be anything.
Next, take ten minutes and try to come up with as many reasons why you can’t, or haven’t achieved whatever it is you are committed to. You must do the entire 10 minutes. There will be the surface reasons that will show up right away, but as you force yourself to focus and think, you’ll discover more and more.
Now that you have them all listed out in front of you, you can see all of what’s between you and your goals. Now, one by one, ask yourself, “If MY LIFE DEPENDED ON IT, what actions could I take to overcome or find a way around this reason?” Write down your answers.
I promise you, that if your life depended on it, you’d come up with something. The good news is that after answering that question with all of your reasons you now have action steps you can take to move yourself towards your dreams and your goals.
Now you have no more reasons, no more excuses and if some come up, you know you have the power to overcome them. So if things don’t work out, the only person you can blame is yourself.
It all boils down to a choice. Either you are going to choose to honor what you are committed to and make it happen (creating your own path – living the “DO”), or you are going to choose to honor your reasons, be a victim of your circumstances and continue along with the same predictable life you’ve always had.
As General Choi would say, “The way is right in front of you.”
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