By Sally Morgan, 1st dan
Much of our happiness is attributed to what we believe. The way we view ourselves and the world affects our success. This is true in Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo and in our life outside of Taekwondo.
Have you ever woke up in the morning telling yourself that the day is not going to be good? What happened at the end of the day? I bet your prediction came true. Not because you could “see into the future;” but, because you made it happen. You told yourself that morning how the day was going to be, and without even realizing it, you did things to make it happen. Sure there are things we can’t control, but we can, however, control our reactions and our outlook regarding it.
For instance, what if something prevents you from working out in Taekwondo class? Do you tell yourself “now I’m going to be behind in my training,” or do your take advantage of the situation, sit in the back of class, and take notes on what you see? You may not be training with the physical body, but your mind is still working. Your mind is watching the techniques being performed by your fellow students. You may see someone execute a side kick really well. This may give you ideas on how you may improve your own side kick.
When you are training for a tournament, you have to be confident in what you are doing. This is easier said than done, but when doubt starts to enter into your mind, make a conscious effort to get rid of it. If you don’t, your training will suffer because of it. Sure, you’ll push hard, but will you push yourself above and beyond what you believe you can do? Tell yourself before every class that you are capable and that you will succeed. The more you tell yourself “I can,” instead of “I can’t,” the greater chance of you succeeding.
So today, when you enter the CTI work out area, tell yourself, “I can do this. I will train to win.” And during class and throughout your training, if you begin to doubt, say it to yourself again. Before you know it, success will be yours all because you trained to win!