Time - the key to success


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In todays’ society we expect so much so quickly. There is always so much pressure on ourselves and people around us to gain immediate results, no matter what the venture maybe. 

Our concept of time has changed dramatically; I often hear comments such as, “I have been training for so long now, it’s been almost three years,” and “I have given myself three months to see if my new business can make big profits,” and “it’s time to find a new job, I have been in this same job for two years, it’s been too long.”

We have been programmed to perceive twelve months (for example) of time and commitment to an activity, venture or relationship as such a long period of time, and we become bitterly disappointed when we interpret that we are not getting what we want in that short period of time. 

Some of us are always searching for things such as ‘6 minute abs’ or a ‘6 weeks fitness challenge’ or a ‘2 weeks to overhaul your business’. As attractive as these may be, if you become the type of person who perceives that six weeks is a long journey, you will miss out on many real benefits that comes only from committing yourself to countless hours and years to a venture. 

You may find yourself jumping from one fitness program to the other in a matter of weeks, moving from one job to the other searching for the dream job, going from one relationship to another very quickly, never really receiving the true lessons, learnings and rewards that comes only from long term commitment and dedication. 

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers states that it takes 10,000 hours for someone to master a topic. 

If you feel that you have indeed become a person who is programed to jump from one thing to another very quickly and you would like to reprogram yourself for long term commitment and success, dedicating yourself to a venture that requires long term commitment and dedication may be the answer; martial arts being a great vehicle for this.  

Ancient practitioners of martial arts would devote their entire life time to master their chosen art. When you frame your mind that you are dedicated to something for a life time, frustration melts away because you have made a decision to go over the necessary actions over and over again, you are not expecting results in an unrealistic length of time, you become more open to learning because you are no longer in a hurry, you no longer have to compare yourself to anyone else because your journey becomes your own, you become less critical of yourself because you understand that five years (for example) is still such a short period and that you have so much more to learn, you learn to drop your ego because you trust that you have time to surrender to the process and result will come… so paradoxically (seemingly) framing your mind to dedicate yourself to something for a lifetime will allow you to get results quicker….
Robert Kyaw 

 


My son Deklan is a naturally kind and gentle boy, who as an only child has never had to endure the competition and ruff and tumble of other siblings. Reading how daunting and challenging schools can be these days I was very keen to get him involved in self defense but wasn’t sure what was going to be the best fit for him.

In a chance encounter at a community fate we saw the Arakan stand and after talking to the guys I was really impressed with how friendly the team was and how passionate they were to get Deklan into his first lesson. And here is the part that grabbed me the most, the training is done outdoors in parks and school grounds while wearing shirts and shorts and everyday shoes, now that’s real life training. We booked in straight away for our complimentary lesson and Deklan couldn’t wait to get started.

On the day of his first lesson Deklan was quite nervous but Ryan his instructor made him feel completely relaxed and the lesson was a great mix of training and learning through fun games. At the end of the lesson Deklan ran straight up to me and asked if he could do more training tomorrow and the next day, which was a sure sign he loved it. He has now been training for over 3 years and as much as Arakan is about learning self defense and getting fit I have seen Deklan grow in confidence, co-ordination, self respect and self belief. 

Deklan now jumps at every opportunity to do extra lessons and group training and he totally loves going to school holiday training days and he wears his Arakan uniform with absolute pride.

I can honestly say I have been totally impressed with how Arakan has taught him practical, useable skills in real life environments and we look forward to many more years involvement with the Arakan family.

 

Mark Sculley



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In todays’ society we expect so much so quickly. There is always so much pressure on ourselves and people around us to gain immediate results, no matter what the venture maybe. 

Our concept of time has changed dramatically; I often hear comments such as, “I have been training for so long now, it’s been almost three years,” and “I have given myself three months to see if my new business can make big profits,” and “it’s time to find a new job, I have been in this same job for two years, it’s been too long.”

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