Fear of failure is common amongst us all… It is a painfully debilitating attitude which not only keeps us from learning, but potentially also from something we may truly love.
To impose such binding limitations without offering our minds, bodies, and souls the opportunity to experience and grow with life is an injustice beyond reason. There is never a rational explanation, nor any excuse – we must, in the face of fear, step forward, lest our lives slip from our fingers while we watch.
Courage isn’t always that stoic, fearless lion’s face people post all the time. It isn’t necessarily stronger than the storm, like quotations always say…
Courage isn’t necessarily so earth-shattering that anyone else even sees it but you. . .
Often, it is that gentle whisper in your ear. . .that feeling within you that says, “I have tomorrow to try again.”
Don’t give up, or allow discouragement to take hold – small steps are still progress. One day at a time is more that good enough.
Dead on. I’ve found others’ negativity and / or lack of confidence in me as fuel for my fire on more occasions than I can count. . .
Health, titles, belts…so many times I was discouraged, and I did it anyway.
Let it go in one ear, and out the other. Do it anyway. Because you can.
It’s okay to be stubborn sometimes, especially in pursuit of a goal.
Don’t let other people bring you down, or dissuade you.
Don’t let YOU bring you down, or dissuade you.
Fight for it. Work hard. Be persistent.
The Universe will hear you all the louder. . .
Nothing in Life worth having is free, or easy. Period.
We all have a different path, different goals, different failures and struggles… But the one thing we can have in common – if we choose it – is opportunity.
If you want it, you have to be willing to work.
Some days the journey feels insurmountable, but the results are always within reach if you keep at it. There would be no meaning, nor joy, in any of it were it not the case – to be handed what we have not earned will never give the satisfaction.
My heart is brimming over with emotion seeing this story…
Jessica Cox has accomplished feats too challenging for those withOUT physical disabilities, never mind those that she has had since her birth. She is – for lack of a stronger word – and absolute inspiration, facing her own fears (of which there are few) with a can-demolish kind of attitude.
It never ceases to amaze me that those in my Life (or those I have read about) with the greatest “disabilities” – a word they generally do NOT use, by the way – manage the brightest smiles, the bravest attitudes, and the most positive outlooks. I feel honored just to hear about what she has done in the face of an adversity that seems insurmountable.
Amazing, Jessica. ❤
Exactly the attitude I think everyone should have – not only in Martial Arts, but in Life.
Our learning never ceases – we will never know it all, and we can always take something positive (and useful!) away from each individual we work with.
From teaching children to helping a student new to Martial Arts (or just your specific one), we can always learn something we didn’t know before – truly, it is limitless.
Stay humble, with an open mind, and the knowledge will flow.