The Path to Black Belt Excellence – The Tao of Kaizen
(The path of constant and never ending improvement)
• The warrior always knows where he is and where he is going. Since we live in a rapidly changing world, our targets are usually moving. A wise objective today may be a fool’s goal tomorrow. Perfect accuracy on the wrong target is a waste of skill and resources. The warrior constantly updates objectives and targets.
• Vague goals are notoriously hard to hit. A true warrior is very precise and accurate in target selection. The warrior never encounters problems, but opportunities for growth based on proper use of strategy and tactics. He doesn’t see obstacles, but stepping-stones. He lives on the cutting edge of creativity, and uses positive, active; growth oriented tactics to bring his future to him as he has already determined it should be.
• All successful people are obsessive goal setters. Once we set a specific written goal, the subconscious begins immediately on actions to bring it into reality. Currently less than 5% of people have goals and less than 1% write them down. If goals are so important, why don’t more people use them?
1. They don’t understand the importance of goal setting.
2. They don’t know how.
3. They fear rejection or
4. They fear failure.
5. They fear success.
Successful people know that to truly reach their potential they must move out of their comfort zone and take some risks. Most super successful people achieved success after their worst failure. Thomas Edison, after failing over 5000 times in his attempt to create the light bulb, stated that he had successfully identified 5000 methods that did not work.
Black Belt Excellence implies that you see all failures as challenges for self-improvement and set high goals for yourself. In baseball it’s 3 strikes and you are out – in the game of life you can have as many swings as you want. You never fail as long as you keep trying. Self-discipline is persistence in action.