If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re probably not going to like where you end up. This is why it’s essential to have good goals.
In martial arts there is already a built-in set of goals with the way we advance in rank. When you start at white-belt, you automatically have black-belt as your long term goal. And in between, there are a series of belt colors which mark smaller goals along the way.
You might not realize it, but this is a simple lesson in goal setting! Black-belt is a big goal that isn’t achieved overnight. You have to work your way there. You have to build. You have to have a destination, but you also need to have smaller steps planned to get you there. Your goals need to have structure.
This is true for every area of life where you should have goals: your spiritual life, your family, your health, your finances, your education. Work on building your way to where you want to be. If you go to a goal-setting seminar, you would learn what’s built into martial arts from the start!
There is another important lesson martial arts teaches you about goals: Set yourself big goals. Set goals that pull you. Set goals that challenge you. Set goals that require you to learn along the way. Set goals that are actually worth your time.
If you set big goals, then you still grow and achieve even if you fail! In a sense, I want to fall short of every goal I set, because then I know my goals are pulling me forward. Set your goals high, and then succeed to a level higher than you might have otherwise expected.
If a white-belt tried a black-belt level class, it probably would be terrifying for them! But any and every white-belt has the potential to work their way there.
Black-belt is a goal that will stretch you, and it will teach you a lot about achieving a goal along the way.