To believe something is to accept it as being true. As I have said in previous blogs We have taken what we believe from other people, like our parents, teachers, friends and the society we grew up in. How many of us have taken the time to sit down and consider what it is we actually believe for ourselves? Maybe one percent out of one hundred percent! That is why the top one percent are so successful in all that they do.
I would say that most people do not succeed because they do not believe in themselves. Would you agree? Most of us grow up in broken homes, have been traumatized in some way, and knocked on our butts several times by life. Stuff happens to us all. What we choose to do when we get hit makes all the difference. Lay down, be passive, and play the victim may keep you safe, but it also keeps you stuck in a place you are unsatisfied with. Or we can pick ourselves up, brush off the dust, wipe away the tears, the sweat and the blood and keep moving forward. After all like Churchill said, “ When you are going through hell, don’t stop!
” Soon new opportunities come along, you meet some new person that points you in the right direction and things start getting better. Life is a journey travel it well and you will live a full life. Live it fully and die empty then when you meet your Maker you can smile and say “ That was a hell of a ride!
” That is my interpretation of having lived a real life.
When I was in high school and was about 15-years-old, I remember one day being in the school parking lot and I asked myself what I wanted to be when I left school? I was an average, mediocre, not anything special kind of student. I went to school cause I had to, not because I liked it, or wanted to be there. This idea popped into my head I wanted to become a martial arts instructor! I had no idea how, or when I could achieve this, but I knew that was my destiny. I held onto that belief my whole life and when I was twenty-seven I meet my Japanese wife, one year later I was in Japan studying with the Masters. I spent 20 years learning the Japanese way of doing things, I took what they said and applied it 100%. When I was shown a technique, a way of doing something or a way of thinking about something, I would practice it over and over and over to get it right. The student practices to get it right, the Master practices not to get it wrong.
When people tell me “ You can’t do that
!” I say “ You maybe right, but watch me
!” When I told people I was leaving home to go England, then to America, I was told so many times that would not be possible. It was possible because I believed I could do it!. When I was in America and I said I was going to Japan, I had people tell me I must be crazy! Going to the far East and not even knowing how to speak a word of the language!. I bought a ticket, packed my bags and took a step into the unknown. It was hard, lonely and very humbling but it made me a better person, I could not have paid money for the education I received there,it was world class, it taught me to think on a world wide level. And you know what, when you stretch yourself you stay stretched. The world is a big place with lots of opportunities all you have to do is to decide what you want and go for it. You will find the way.
Napoleon Hill said, “ You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.
Success requires four things time, effort, perseverance, and patience. Dream big my friend. It is better to aim high and miss than to aim low and miss. Until next time I wish you peace, love and success. Martin Acton sensei