Weekly TKD Lesson

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
 –George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish Playwright and Literary
Critic
Okay, a show of hands, please!

How many of you learned to ride a bicycle as a child?

Hey, that’s quite a lot of you.

Now, close your eyes and remember what it felt like to ride a
bicycle for the first time. Maybe yours had training wheels that
helped to balance the bike as you gained confidence riding on the
sidewalk in front of your house.

As your confidence expanded, and also from observing the older
children in the neighborhood riding without any assistance, you
then graduated to your first test without training wheels.

It was scary!

At the beginning came the wobbling of the tires and excited,
hurried pedaling as you struggled to break free of your parent’s or
older sibling’s guiding hand for balance. And, perhaps there were
one or two falls along the way!

However, through your determination, willpower, desire, and
continued practice, you soon sped forward on your own.

As you grew in size and age, you moved up to bigger and more
complex bicycles and mastered them all. Some of you even learned to
ride without holding onto the handlebars or perhaps did “daredevil”
tricks jumping over ramps like Evel Knievel.

And, I’ll bet now that even if you haven’t ridden a bicycle in
years, you could still do it.

Now, let’s take a look at success.

For many people, success or being successful is just as scary as
the first time they rode a bicycle. Naturally, many people want to
be successful. However, there are few that truly have the
motivation to put forward the needed effort and action and make the
necessary sacrifices to get what they want.

Here are four of my success strategies. Make them part of your
“quest for success.”

1) Just as you did when you learned to ride a bicycle, here is only
one way to accomplish anything today — set your mind to
concentrate on doing it and let nothing interfere with your
progress. Obstacles, whether they be training wheels on a bike or
lack of resources (money, time, lack of skill, etc.), are quickly
overcome by the person who sets out to accomplish their heart’s
desire. Those who have the desire, “the fire in the belly” so to
speak, will outdistance and outperform those who do not.

2) No matter what anyone says, “Size does matter.” When you first
learned to ride a bike, you were a child. As you grew to adulthood,
of course, you were faced with greater and more challenging
situations. On your road to success, remember this quote, “The
‘bigger’ you are, the smaller the obstacle appears. The ‘smaller’
you are, the greater the obstacle appears.”

Always look at the advantage you gain by overcoming obstacles, and
it will give you the needed “size” and courage for the conquest —
now and in the future.

3) Do not expect that you will always have a smooth road, free of
potholes, speed bumps, and detours. Parts of your journey are
likely to be rough. The way you navigate the bad roads shows
exactly what you are made of. Keep on with your journey and view
with delight the smooth roads that are in front of you.

4) Do not let a setback stop you. Just like when you skinned your
knees and elbows learning to ride, think of it as a mere incident
that has to be overcome before you can reach your goal. Learn from
it and use the lesson to move ahead.

Success IS like riding a bicycle. Learn the strategies of success
outlined above, and you will ALWAYS be up to the challenge —
regardless of the size.

Keith A. Shaw

Keith A. Shaw is the President of Mind Body Spirit Central.com – A Motivation, Success, Health And Wellness Company.

Copyright 2007 by Keith A. Shaw and Mind Body Spirit Central.com, LLC. All rights reserved.

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