We’ve talked in the past about SMART goals. Your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achieveable, Realistic, and Time-based. Let’s take the ‘A’ a step further.
You already know that the goal you are working toward is achievable. Why, then, would you quit before achieving the goal simply because things got difficult? When people begin training in Taekwondo, they all set the goal of earning their Black Belt. However, about half will quit within the first six months, and only 10% of those who start will achieve the goal. A few will have to quit because of changing circumstances, such as job loss or moving, but the vast majority will quit simply because they actually have to put forth a lot of effort instead of just showing up and getting a belt.
There is an old saying: “Quitters never win, winners never quit”, and it is so true. I like to quote Thomas Edison on perseverance, as he had a lot to say about it:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Read that last one again. And again. Perseverance is the key to success. At West Houston ATA Martial Arts, we really like the saying: “A Black Belt is a White Belt who never gave up!”
Never give up. You know that the goal you set is achievable, so achieve it! Come train with us and learn how to set and achieve your goals!