Of Progress and Perfection

Strive for perfection, but settle for progress.

Do not let yourself off the hook for your weaknesses and flaws, but do not be so hard on yourself when you fall off the path that it paralyzes you and prevents you from getting back on course.

Be quick to admit your mistakes and adjust your bearing. Be quicker still to forgive others for their shortcomings and to put yourself in their shoes. The burdens of resentment and regret will only slow you down on your long journey.

Show up. Put in the work. Course correct as necessary. Repeat.

“As in life, so too it is in budo. As in budo, so too it is in life.”

-Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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