Don’t Let Fear of Failure Stunt Your Growth

In this week’s blog, I want to break down the illusion that some of us have things figured out in life, and some of us are still working on it.  I think we create this illusion because we really want to have it all figured out already!  So, we look at others and say, I think they have it figured out, I’ll follow them.  I know I am so guilty of thoughts like this.  And then I’ve had that moment of disillusion when my idol enters a rough period of their own life and I realize they are human too!

What is more accurate is that we all have some things figured out, and some things we have yet to discover about life and ourselves.  And the only way we can discover those things and move on to our next level of growth is to allow others to see us as imperfect!

This concept of chipping away the illusion of perfection is reflected in our theme for the week: Let Actions Speak Louder than Words.  When we take action – pure, jump-in-and-put-your-heart into-it kind of action – we inevitably fall down.  And the best thing in those moments is not to talk about it, or make excuses, but to reflect on what you learned and keep moving.  Action is the antidote to self-doubt.  But you have to keep taking that medicine.

I just realized that I have reached my 10th Anniversary training in this martial art!  [Dance break!!!]   And if there is one thing I’ve learned, it is that your training will go nowhere if you are afraid to fail.  There have been so many points along the way, especially as I got higher up in rank, that I’ve been afraid, momentarily, to really give it my all in training because I wasn’t sure of myself and I didn’t want to look stupid.  I am so glad I’ve pushed through those moments and let myself just do the messy exploration that has always led me to become a better martial artist.

Truthfully, having rough times in training has become a bit exhilarating for me, because I know now what lies on the other side of that struggle.

This week, let’s explore the awesome highs and lows of jumping into action, making mistakes, and growing, through the following techniques:

Techniques of the Week
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Ukemi Koho Ukemi Koho Kaiten
Technique 1 Blocks from Kamae Set 2 Strikes from Kamae Set 2
Technique 2 Moving at Forward Angles
Technique 3 Jumonji no Kata Building Blcoks Jumonji no Kata in Action

Kasumi Club: (most likely) :  Uchimata Uchi Gake – “Inside Thigh Trap”; Gyaku Nage – “Reverse Throw”

Thanks for reading.  I’ll see you in the dojo!

~Sensei Nesta

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