Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8.~Japanese Proverb
Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts Flowery Branch — When you fall, what do you do? And when you fall over and over, then what? Forcing yourself to get up again and again is a great lesson in perseverance. Even when you don’t feel like it, feel humiliated, or think about quitting, getting back up is good for you. Because not only are you overcoming gravity and mixed feelings, you are also creating a good habit.
In training, one aspect of the martial artist’s spirit we observe is perseverance. To learn anything, this is an important element. As it greatly affects one’s confidence, respect, and attitude, it has a great impact on progress. Perseverance also has us understanding the meaning of hard work and discipline. In a nutshell, this virtue supports everything we do.
Think about the times in your life where the success was worth it. Maybe it’s that diploma, after spending years pouring over college work. Or you finally passed that driving test, after time well spent. Or maybe after lots of hard work and dedication, you finally earned that job promotion.
If we never push ourselves to finish what we started, we end up creating the habit of saying it’s okay to quit. Believe in yourself that you’ve got what it takes, and push on through to the next day and try again!
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