Last Updated on October 17, 2012.
Having the Right Mindset to Achieve Your Goals
As an instructor, I’ve been lucky enough to work with nearly two thousand students of all ages, from 5 to 70. That’s a huge disparity in age, but I break all students down into two categories regardless. There are TALKERS and there are DOERS. It’s all about mindset. We should all examine the ways in which we are talkers and become doers.
In one instance, one of my students who lived as a talker for most of his life, became a doer and lost 180lbs with just our Beginner Kickboxing class. That’s not a typo. One Hundred and Eighty Pounds. When people come in looking to lose 20, 40, 60, 80lbs, I think back to him and smile. I’m not even concerned about our students getting into great shape. I know for a fact that our program will work if you simply stop talking about it and just start doing it.
So how do we go from being a talker to a doer? Remember to bring your heart to training.
When I say heart, I mean that you should never give up when things get tough. I have a lot of respect for those people that choose the more difficult path and stay on it. Every punch you throw in your last round of class, when you’re getting tired, is worth 2 punches. Every kick is worth two kicks. Everything is worth more and yields more of a result when it’s hard. When you want to slow down, when you want to take it easy, remember that in those very moments you are benefiting the most.
For some people, push-ups are hard. For others, getting off the couch and fighting laziness is harder. Choose to do what is hard for you and you will be a happier person.
Bring your heart to your training. And if you don’t have it yet, I’ll help you find it on the mat, one step at a time.
See you on the mat – Sensei Nolan