The problem with ambition

Look at the own problems in your wing tsun as opportunities to learn a new skill and the knowledge to better understand your own strengths and weaknesses both physically and mentally to overcome every challenge along your path to success.

The problem with ambition

Whether we’re practising wing tsun, learning a new skill or hobby, or just looking to get that new promotion at work. We are all striving to get better in life. However reaching a goal or dream we have takes time to achieve, something that living in 2017 has not made us happy with. Whether it’s ordering the newest phone online, demanding entertainment with the flick of a TV remote, or talking to a friend with the tap of your smartphone - patience is no longer a virtue many of us having nowadays.

Frustration with reaching your goal

Frustration with reaching your goal becomes more and more overpowering in your life. I see this a lot with the more ambitious of my students in Wing tsun. They see their progress and see it as slow in comparison to how far they have to grow to become as good as their instructor. This is a bad standard to hold yourself to as your teacher’s abilities will always be out of reach as long as his abilities and experience out weighs your own - which is what you look for in an instructor. Instead of looking outward to compare your own abilities towards your instructor, look to become the best YOU can be. Look at the own problems in your wing tsun as opportunities to learn a new skill and the knowledge to better understand your own strengths and weaknesses both physically and mentally to overcome every challenge along your path to success.

This means every time you become angry or frustrated at yourself for not being able to pick up a new technique, concept or drill right away. Do not look at it as a fault on your part. Many students see it as a weakness; “I can’t do this right” “Alex i keep doing the move wrong”. The self-criticism becomes worse the more the student is passionate about reaching their goal.

Remember there are no shortcuts to success, you cannot change that. But you CAN change the way you look at the journey. Be happy you have an opportunity to learn a new skill to develop yourself, and will have the chance to gain new knowledge about your own strengths and turning your weaknesses to your strongest tools.

Enjoy the path to Greatness

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