We do most things in today's world from an external place - our jobs, goals, to do list, what others see, stuff we want, expectations of people around us. But what really matters comes from within, not from the outside.
The fact is you are a truly unique individual, capable of amazing things. You live in a country were nearly anything is possible. You know how to read and write, understand money basics, you probaly have two legs, two arms, ears, general health, etc. But you are raw clay; you have to develop the real you, sculpt the masterpiece which is you.
In martial arts we start at the beginning. The most simple, a few pieces at a time, never too much too soon. How to stand up straight, how to listen, pay attention, a ready stance, how to move, block, do a push-up. Bit by bit, class by class we build. As you practice, you grow in skill and confidence. Anxiety, stress and insecurities start to diminish and belief in yourself starts to grow, along with self-discipline, determination. This effect continues to compound and grow exponentially until you're a highly skilled martial artist. The only secrets are to show up, have a positive attitude and don't give up. No special skills required. You don't have to be an athlete or genius. In fact, many of the great masters were weak, frail children.
When you start to do something new (change your diet, begin working out regularly, acquire good habits), always start with the why. How does this new thing fit with the unique one-of-a-kind person you are? Determine where you are at regarding this new thing. If you want to run a 5K, ask yourself - can I walk a 5K? Can I jog it? Be honest with yourself. Start slow, use your imagination, read about it, watch videos about it, meet people that do what you want to do or become. Just take it all in, mentally process, ask questions, let it change you. Don't be in a hurry. A small 1% change seems like nothing the first day, but over time it's incredible how profound the changes will become.
Real change or mastery doesn't happen in a day.
Kyoshi Charles Riedmiller 7th Dan Head Instructor/Owner Summit Martial Arts Delaware, Ohio and has over 45 years experience in the Martial Arts, he started training in Goju Ryu karate and Judo at age 13. He been training in Goju Ryu & Shorin Ryu Karate, Kobudo, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido for over 4 decades and BJJ for over 20yrs with Professor Pedro Sauer. He has been dedicated to teaching authentic, high quality Martial Arts his entire life. Sensei Riedmiller has taught thousands of Military, Law Enforcement, pro-fighters/champions and martial art students of all ages.