Monday, January 21, 2013

What a School family is...

We have just celebrated our annual banquet for the top competitors from 2012.  This is the students and families that took advantage of the tournament opportunities through the year last year.  I am continually amazed by our School family every time we have a large event.  In talking with many of the parents, you are as well.  What a unique community we have, and I hope that we continue to recognize what a tool that is for all of us to grow as strong men and women.  It is an excellent reminder (the banquet) of not just to keep your life in perspective, but HOW to keep your life in perspective.  Our training and our School teach us a particular outlook on our lives, and those we choose to share in our lives.  An outlook with a positive, and concrete result.  We all lose our way or get off track at some point, but the outlook that training provides allows us to really see what is going on, and the training provides the tools to begin to move in the best direction.  Can you imagine learning this as a child?  It would change everything; your health, your career and jobs, your family, your marriage, your friendships, and you as a whole.  It is SO difficult to put into words what training gives to so many.  In talking to many at the event last weekend, it was refreshing that while none of us could put words to it, everyone could feel it.  I hope that every good person at some point gets to feel it, it would make the world a better place in so many ways!!!

Master Berry

R.T. Berry School of Tae Kwon Do
653 Brawley School Rd.
Mooresville, NC

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 new years resolutions

2013  -  New year  - new goals

For years we have discussed our new years "resolution's" through training and with a martial mindset.  It turns out, that a new month resolution is far more productive than a new YEAR resolution.  We learn in our training that you must start at the first belt, and set small goals leading up to our larger goals and accomplishments.  I explain this often to the younger kids by explaining how you use a ladder.  The 'goal' is to get to the (let's say) 4th step.  Well what is the first thing you do.  Most people answer that the first thing to do is step on the first step.  While that is kid of true, it does presume that the ladder is already set up.  That is to say, that the environment is already set up for success.  Just like we must set up our ladder before we begin to climb.  Many times in our goal making, not only do we jump ahead to the big goal without breaking it down, we also neglect a good thorough thought about the environment we are putting ourselves in to accomplish the goal.  This is one of the major reasons training is so good for us.  It puts us in the environment to excel.  For many outsiders they only see the surface of the training and it looks to them like we are all having to be the same.  This is far from true.  Once you dig, (or train) you can see openly what that environment is doing for you.  We begin to see and learn that everyone is training THEMSELVES to be better at what THEY want to improve in themselves.  It is quite a realization to watch others go through.  As we all step back and set new goals or resolutions remember to prepare an environment to succeed.  It is one of the most important parts of goal setting, and the least covered, discussed, and thought about!

Have an AWESOME Day...and Happy New Year!

Master Berry

R.T. Berry School of Tae Kwon Do
653 Brawley School Road
Mooresville, NC 28117