In karate, opportunities to grow are abundant. Every success opens a door to something more. Without awareness of where you are, opportunities are hard to foresee. Awareness isn’t handed by another, it’s realized on your own. The best way to obtain awareness is by placing yourself in uncertainty to test what you can and will do. Who better to determine who you are and what you want to do than the person who knows you best- you.
Entering the ring, you’re aware of how you feel and what you do in class, but performing for more people in an alternate setting encourages focus. You quiet the chaos of uncertainty and crowds to concentrate on you. You make your way into the ring, do your best and finish with a personal success. Wow! When I said I would do it, I didn’t think I would. Looks like it’s time to consider moving forward. Realizing what you did motivates new goals and your success is a new door.
Watching others compete opens the mind in a realm outside of you. Witnessing the greatness others achieve kindles hope in what you will become. Acknowledge where you are, combine it with where you want to be and produce nourishment for growth. Greatness is achievable with awareness. Everyone must work hard to succeed. Who’s to say that can’t be me? It may not be for today, but why can’t I continue striving towards it? Use others as an inspiration, explore your desires and create your own path to make greatness your reality.
Should you realize that competition isn’t for you, find a different purpose and contribute. Connect with the community as a volunteer, support others with your presence or practice your skills as an uke or coordinator. However you participate in tournament, efforts are beneficial and appreciated. Not everyone is up for competition, but workers are required to maintain a successful event. Determine where you are, what you want to do and participate to unify your community.
So, to everyone considering tournament participation – Come on out and don’t keep who you are buried. You deserve to shine, don’t make it varied! Have you ever wanted to assess your progress, but didn’t know who to ask? Wouldn’t it be a motivation to know where you are and find a new path to follow? Isn’t it valuable concentrating on your growth?
Blog by Astrid Hardjana-Large