It’s been a while since I’ve sat to write, and a lot has happened, since last I sat down at my computer. The subject of today’s message is taking pride in the things that you do. I’ve noticed that, as a society, we don’t take pride in our works, as we should. No matter the task, if you aren’t doing it to the best of your ability, with pride, is it even worth doing? People will not judge you based on the things you say as much as they will on the things you’ve done.
For me, Krav Maga is a perfect example of this. If you take a Krav Maga class and just go through the motions, without really committing yourself to the things you’re doing, it isn’t really worth your time. Don’t get me wrong, if you come in with the goal of getting in great shape, then you’re fine; most people, who take Krav Maga / Self Defense lessons actually want to learn how to defend themselves, though. It boils down to your commitment and taking pride in the things that you do. Let’s boil it down, and make it even more simple.
Everyone wants to be respected and admired; don’t deny it – it’s what we all want. If that’s the case, you need to not only take pride in your appearance and your pocket book, but you need to take pride in the way that people perceive you. Perception is reality, and if you aren’t easy to deal with, you’re a shut in, or you have a temper (or any other less than desirable trait you can think of), and people are aware, then you’re doomed for failure. One of the key traits to Self Defense is becoming a more approachable and confident person.
Most importantly, however, is that you take pride FOR YOU! If you aren’t taking pride in the things that you do, then you will undoubtedly be unhappy with yourself and where you’re at! You need to move yourself forward with everything you do and give it your absolute best!
I have a challenge for all of you. Pick one thing that you are going to commit yourself to improving. Dedicate thought and effort to making an improvement and showing effort. It can be committing to an extra workout each week, smiling at people instead of the naturally mean look we all carry, or whatever it is you think you need to work on. Take pride in yourself and in the things you do. Once you’ve seen the result we all want, move on to improving another aspect of your life…just TAKE PRIDE! In the words of an old teacher of mine, who will remain unnamed, “Do what’s right. Do it right. do it because it’s right!” Don’t do something half-hearted. Give it your all, or it’s not worth doing at all!