I read in Shawn Anchor’s book, Before Happiness, that one strategy for happiness is to “pursue the reality that makes you the most successful.” I guess the presumption is that success = happiness.
This weekend, my family and I will compete in forms at the AAU Taekwondo State Qualifier. I began to wonder what I needed to believe about my abilities as a Martial Artist in order to compete at that level? So I decided to list them.
1. I am good at forms and could possibly win. I believe this because of watching myself in the mirror, comments from other martial artists, and my instructors’ belief in my skills and their training.
2. I believe that I have trained well and am prepared.
3. I believe I can handle that kind of pressure.
4. I believe that the competitive environment will bring out my best performance.
5. I believe in the value of showing my daughters that testing oneself in the arena gives important feedback, and therefore, is nothing to be afraid of.
So I wonder about you? What do you have to believe in order to pursue the reality that makes you the most successful?
Thanks for reading.
Until next time,