Improvement Requires Effort

That which we do not actively maintain or improve upon will entropy.

Growth, progress, and improvement are not promised to us.

In fact, quite the opposite is true.

Those aspects of our lives, our relationships, and our selves that we do not work on, put effort into, and try to improve, will decay.

This may happen quickly or it may happen slowly, but it will happen.

Unfortunately, we have no guarantee that our efforts toward improvement will produce the results we desire, but we are guaranteed that no effort will result in neither progress nor stability, but regression.

Simply put, if we want something to get better, we must work on it.

Hope, alone, is not enough.


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.

All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh unless otherwise noted.

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