What do you want to accomplish before the end of the year? Alwyn Cosgrove shared a great lesson that his Taekwon-Do instructor taught him (excerpted from the Total Body Breakthrough) about how success is just a series of small behaviours repeated over and over and how if you set the behaviours in place, the outcomes will arrive in due course; all you need to do is break it down into smaller steps and win the next play.
I can remember having to face a scary opponent in a championship match once. This guy was on the covers of all the martial arts magazines and this was my first time competing in this weight class. He was bigger, stronger and more experienced than I was.
In short, I was terrified. My instructor, Mr. Campbell, recognized this and asked me -
"I know you're scared. On a scale of one to ten, how scared are you?"
I answered with no hesitation "TEN!"
He smiled and said -"Ok. How scared would you be if this match was only one round in length?"
I answered "Not as scared. Maybe a seven out of ten."
He said "Well keep that in mind. You only have to fight the first round. But what if the first round was only one minute long? Would you still feel the same way ?"
Me: " No. That would maybe be a five out of ten"
Mr. Campbell nodding: "Ok. What if it was just a single exchange in the middle of the ring? One time. Then it's over. How do you feel about that?"
Me: "Ha! No problem. Maybe one out of ten. I'm too fast for him if it's a single exchange!"
Mr. Campbell: "Ok - let's just attack once and then we'll take it from there."
At this point I'm buzzing with excitement, stepped into the ring and attacked my opponent. And just repeated that single activity over and over. No fear at all.
And I won the fight.
~ Courtesy of Alwyn Cosgrove