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— by Tristan Ahumada

Stop Making Excuses By Doing These Three Things

When I was in my teen years, I was in the process of earning my 2nd black belt and this one was going to be in Shotokan Karate.  I had an instructor who was hardcore and also had a strong Japanese accent, who was sometimes hard to understand. Since I had already earned a black belt when I was younger, I felt that Shotokan was going to be a breeze and didn’t really require my full attention. I would show up for some of the classes and others I would skip completely. When the belt testing came around I would show up and pass…until I didn’t.  

My Excuse

I was stuck on Green Belt for almost 2 years. No matter what I did, my sensei kept on telling me the same thing, “Tristan, you must focus on your base.” I started getting annoyed after a few months of hearing the same thing, because I was working on my base and I was working on the basics as well. It wasn’t until I didn’t pass the green belt test the second time that I finally broke down and approached my sensei and asked him what I needed to do to make some progress.  

What I heard surprised me and has made me into the person I am today. I approached him and asked what I could do to pass, and I expressed that I was ready to commit fully. He then told me this: “Mr. Ahumada, you are always coming up with an excuse for why you don’t show up to classes, you are always thinking you are better than the rest. I see now that are finally ready to put all of that behind you.”  

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