People usually either find a way or they find an excuse. We live in a world today where everyone has a short attention span. There are a million different things to keep us occupied so many people do not put their entire effort into anything anymore. Because of this, people are full of excuses. They say, “I can’t do that because of this or that”. In reality, they are just making excuses.
At Venture Martial Arts, we teach our students to find a way, not an excuse. It can be overwhelming when trying something new, like the first day you step into taekwondo training. Or if you are trying to advance in rank. Or even if you are trying to become a world champion. It would be easy to give up because things are hard or to make excuses as to why you can’t do it.
Asking for help:
The number one way we train making excuses out of students is to always encourage them to ask for help. The dojang is filled with people who want the best for you. Each instructor is highly trained and qualified to help you with any problem you might face. If they don’t know the answer, they will find it for you or point you in the direction of someone who does. Their whole job is to make sure you get the best experience out of your time in taekwondo, and will do anything they can to help you out.
The same is true for asking for help for things outside of taekwondo. They are your friends and mentors, they want you to have a good life too. Parents are always welcome to confide issues at home or in school to instructors. They will work hand in hand to make the situation better. Fellow students can also be the best allies. They’re there to support you just as much as you support them.
Pushing past your limits:
When things get tough, that’s when we see excuses pop up the most. It’s in those moments where it is the most important to not let an excuse slide. Sometimes it takes pushing past our limits to know what we are capable of. It is difficult, but it changes us and helps us grow into the people we are meant to be. For parents, this sometimes means making your kid go even when they don’t want to because they’ll always be glad that they did. It’s not forcing them, it’s pushing them to become the best versions of themselves which is what we all want.
Again, it goes beyond taekwondo. These lessons carry over into our everyday lives. If we move past our excuses during training, we will learn to let them go in our daily lives. We must always find a way to achieve our goals and dreams, not rely on our excuses to give up.