The Good Days Don’t Count

If our goals are shallow, most likely our commitment will be as well.

Ike Haertel receiving his black belt from Relson Gracie at Kogen Dojo. Photo by Mike Oswald Photography

Starting martial arts can be scary. Walking through the door for the first time is a huge step. Once we get started, however, staying can be even more difficult. When our initial motivation wears off, once we reach some short term goal or when we realize that our goals are harder to attain than we had originally imagined, we need to dig deeper inside of ourselves for a reason to continue.

It’s easy to show up on a good day. There is no discipline needed to stay the course when things are going well. When we are feeling down, when we are frustrated, when we feel like we are not progressing, and especially when we just plain don’t feel like it, that is when showing up matters the most.

It isn’t really on the good days that we make the most progress. Good days are just good days. It’s when we push through the bad days, when we step on the mats and put in the reps in spite of ourselves, that we make our biggest strides forward, even if we don’t immediately notice. Before we can hope to win against anyone else, we have to first win against our own internal resistance.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

-Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body, Severna Park’s Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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