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Keeping the End in Sight — 3 Comments

  1. This concept is something I heavily preach to my students. The children have the hardest time understanding this and the adults usually get it but not always. Most common complaint I usually have is when our students reach brown belt and it takes them 8 months to get to their next belt they focus so much on how much time they have left and that to them it feels like an eternity. Even the black belts that I teach complain about the time (only 1st degree’s though, 2nd degree and above usually feel the time is too short).

    That part about mastery though is so true. The higher the rank I get the more attention oriented I am about my technique.

    Wonderful article and I am trying to implement this into other aspects of my life but it can be difficult but it makes everything else so much easier.

    • Interesting about the belts in karate. I guess they need to add more belts :)

      I’ve also been trying to apply this principle into other areas of my life, and it really makes a difference.

  2. I keep my end in sight daily. One of the mantra’s from rehab/ addiction recovery, “One day at a time.” Telling an addict that they have to stop for the rest of their life or even for a few weeks can be overwhelming, but just committing one day at a time. Just gotta make it through today. Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is not yet come. Let’s just make it through today. And if I eventually make it through enough consecutive “todays” I find that its been a week, or two, or maybe two months.

    Learning the 2000 Kanji seemed really overwhelming to me at first. I started studying Kanji on February 19th and have committed to doing 22 kanji per day minimum with an overachiever goal of 30 a day using memory palaces and RTK. As of this morning, I finished another 30 for the day which brings me up to 214 (19.5 a day average). Not quite where I want to be, but I focused on today and made it through. Tomorrow, I’ll focus on tomorrow. But this was good for today.

    I think you are right, in keeping the large task ahead in the back of your mind, but putting all your present energy into today.

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