Many years ago I realised that the secret of success was failure.
Let me explain.
We repeat the same exercise getting it wrong and striving to get it right so many times that we finally run out of ways to get it wrong.
Not only with Aikido and fighting arts, but in all things. When I took up IT, it also proved an exhausting process of trial and error until, when you run out of errors, only the right way remains. And even this can be refined without end.
Probably works with marriage and relationships too. At least it would explain the high rates of divorce.
Pointing to this predisposition is the fact that most “naturals” at any skill are noticed to soon become complacent, and not long after peter out. They have no challenge, and therefore no reason to try and continue to try.
Whereas the klutzes just hang in there and become masters in the end.
How often is this proven to be so? Countless times.
This makes a case for persistence.
We learn our best lessons from errors. And from going back to correct them. In fact, the whole process of evolution is pretty much like that.
A wise man once told me, “The amateur practices until he gets it right. The professional continues to practice until he can no longer get it wrong!”
As someone said, “If at first you do succeed, be very surprised and keep on practicing..”
Ancient scriptures variously reiterated, “If you want to master, just do for the sake of doing without attachment to success or failure.”
In this context, Aristotle said, “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit”
Notice how well you drive a car, brush your teeth, walk, take a shower, for some – cook, clean, sweep and for many whatever it is that you do daily?
Doing daily makes it part of you and you refine effortlessly.
Learning comes from within. You don’t need someone to fill your head with stuff. You don’t even need anyone to teach you how to learn because it is innate with every new-born child who has not had this natural gift, the gift of learning, beaten out of him by some bogan retard of an unfit parent.
We are all imbued with the instinct of discovery. Discovery requires testing and repetition.
And that’s what we practice in the dojo.
Can you remember learning to walk? If you can’t, I’ll refresh your memory. You tried and failed from between 2000 and 10,000 times.
Once you took your first step, you then fell over.
You got up and repeated the process.
Tears? Yes, many.
But you stuck with it, and now you take walking for granted.
That’s what’s Mastery is all about, but instead of taking it for granted, you retain the mind of gratitude.
Start with small goals. Once met, try slightly bigger ones. In manageable steps increase the degree of difficulty. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Babies seem to know the secret of success. Simplicity, focus, persistence, honesty, trial and error is The Way.
“And Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you..”: Matthew 7:7
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