Developing persistence in martial arts is an absolute must to achieve the Black belt and beyond. The following is from the book Think and grow rich by the late Napoleon Hill. Remember what persistence can do for your life as summer approaches and calls us in all directions…stay focused.
There are four simple steps which lead to the habit of PERSISTENCE. They call for no great amount of intelligence, no particular amount of education, and but little time or effort. The necessary steps are: —
1. A DEFINITE PURPOSE BACKED BY BURNING DESIRE FOR ITS FULFILLMENT.
(What is the next goal, belt or degree you will achieve?)
2. A DEFINITE PLAN, EXPRESSED IN CONTINUOUS ACTION.
(What action(s) must you take, how many classes do you need, what date will it happen?)
3. A MIND CLOSED TIGHTLY AGAINST ALL NEGATIVE AND DISCOURAGING INFLUENCES.
(Including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.)
4. A FRIENDLY ALLIANCE WITH ONE OR MORE PERSONS WHO WILL ENCOURAGE ONE TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH BOTH PLAN AND PURPOSE.
(Make a commitment to your self and your training partners to train regularly)
These four steps are essential for success in all walks of life. The entire purpose of the principles of this philosophy is to enable one to take these four steps as a matter of habit.
These are the steps by which one may control one's economic destiny.
They are the steps that lead to freedom and independence of thought.
They are the steps that lead to riches, in small or great quantities.
They lead the way to power, fame, and worldly recognition.
They are the four steps which guarantee favorable "breaks."
They are the steps that convert dreams into physical realities.
They lead, also, to the mastery of FEAR, DISCOURAGEMENT, and INDIFFERENCE.
There is a magnificent reward for all who learn to take these four steps. It is the privilege of writing one's own ticket, and of making Life yield whatever price is asked