We always complain about time that there is no time. That’s true when you consider the many things we have to do and the time constraints which we live by. But living is also about doing the things we want to do. It’s too easy to use excuses to put aside the things we love to indulge in but how many of us care to admit how much time we waste on the things that give us nothing in return?
The other evening, I spoke to one of our young Brown Belts, Ibrahim, and his father about how he needs to put in a lot of work in his education but I would like to see the same dedication to his martial arts training. That energy should go hand in hand because if we learn to concentrate and focus through our martial arts training then that should be channeled in other areas such as study.
If time is your biggest concern then you will miss out on the things you always wanted to do. If you fight time, it will be eventually become your enemy so work with it, by managing it. How many times have we heard people working (or have worked) 2 or 3 jobs? In my case I was also teaching 4 martial arts classes a week. I didn’t even give it a second thought. I just didn’t waste the time, that’s how I did it.
But there are so many dedicated people out there in the martial arts and I can tell you their life style and time constraints would be no different to anybody else’s. These are the people who understand and have their lives in order setting aside special time for their personal interest. Sometimes, we work too much just to impress our leaders/managers or a means to make more money. Impressing someone does not last a lifetime and making extra money only means you are going to spend more of it if you get the chance to do that in the little spare time you have, anyway.
At the end of the day, you need to juggle between job, family/social life and special interest. How successful will depend if you start weeding out excuses and realise not everything you do should be dominated by one thing.