If you have an idea and it gets shot down by those around you, you may not have supporters, but you still have an idea.
The world is waiting for us to improve it, but there will always be resistance to change. When an idea is new, different, or disruptive, support is especially difficult to find. Most people lack vision, fear change, and project these deficiencies onto others, especially those who aim to rock the boat.
We must keep in mind that resistance to or lack of support for our idea does not diminish the quality of the idea itself. It only means that our idea’s implementation and success is that much more dependent upon our passion, drive, and persistence. It is our idea, after all.
Resistance, doubt, and criticism will surely slow us down and cause us to reflect. It is natural to care about what others think and to be affected by their opinions. It is what we do after this dip, however, that defines who we are and whether or not we were worthy of our idea’s inspiration in the first place.
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 and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Artwork by Ana, except where otherwise noted
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