“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
Each of us have 24 hours in our day to pursue our goals and enjoy our downtime. Many of those hours are spent on activities basic to living such as sleeping, eating, bathing, grooming, etc. Time and thought must be placed when deciding what activities are worthy of your daily (or almost daily) attention. Hopefully, kung fu is one of those daily habits that has become a big part of your life.
Self-defense, physical strength, endurance, cardiovascular health, flexibility, enjoyment, camaraderie, personal development are just a few positive and enduring results you get from making a habit of your kung fu training. It’s probably more interesting than going to the gym and doing the same weightlifting routines or grinding it out on an exercise bike.
Once training has become a habit, then one of the keys to kung fu development – consistency – will be in place. Next, you need to once again employ habit, but this time during your actual training. Developing the habit of pushing yourself in practice to punch harder, kick higher and faster, lower your stances, block properly, counter-attack sharper, focus your energy, etc. will propel your skill and health to new heights. As a positive side effect to increased skill and health, you will start to enjoy not only your classes and personal training more, but everything in your life takes a turn for the better.
Positive habits in your life can mean the difference between achieving your life’s goals or not. Spend some time to actively review what you “repeatedly do” and develop those habits that propel you to “excellence” and eliminate those that don’t.