As last year drew to a close, I reflected on what a year it was for me personally and professionally – in 2019 my dream of having a full-time martial arts centre became a reality. But going back to mid 2018 that dream seemed like a fantasy. Finding a suitable property was extremely challenging and together with many other obstacles it was affecting my self-belief.
The martial arts centre had been on my mind since my early 20’s, so it was a big deal and you could say that I became somewhat obsessed with it. That obsession, it turned out, provided the fire to keep me going when the challenges kept coming. For example, my lack of business skills. I had a lot of ideas and plans for when this place would turn up, but it was all the other stuff like finances, insurance, questioning myself… Would students turn up? and so on. Increasingly, fear kept creeping in, starting to paralyse me.
Now fear is a topic that comes up frequently in martial arts classes – fear can make someone freeze in their tracks when attacked. So the ultimate decision you make in those circumstances can be the difference in whether you survive an encounter unharmed or not. Fear can also stop us from truly believing in ourselves. It’s all about having the right mindset. I realised that I had this (faulty) belief that if I had the right mindset and the self-belief from the start, a full-time martial arts centre would have happened a long time ago. So many people start working towards their dream, yet give up when they are near. What kept me at it was the commitment that came from having told many people. I had the support of all of my students, and I didn’t want to let them down.
Martial arts training develops physical and mental skills, and they helped me achieve my dream. Here are the steps you can take to achieve yours:
SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS
Telling others about your dreams and goals makes you accountable and reinforces the belief in your subconscious mind.
WORK OUT A PLAN
What does it take to get to where you want to be? Many people talk about things they want to do but unless you make a plan, it is just hoping. A dream without a plan is like driving across the country without a map, just after passing your driving test!
Failures will happen along the way so have a rant, then get your head down and keep going. Nobody successful became that way without failing, it is all part of a learning experience.
Get friends on your side to talk things through with, we all need a support team. Many people are frightened of telling others for fear of being ridiculed but true friends will want to help. If there are flaws in your plans, then you may be grateful if your friends find them, and you can rethink. But be aware that some people may just be jealous and dismiss your ideas as they don’t want you achieving them. Run it past a few people and choose your support team wisely.
NEVER GIVE UP
Consistency is the key to getting good and achieving what you want. You have to fully immerse yourself in the process of making your dream a reality – eventually. It takes time so keep at it.
Sometimes my dream seemed so far away, and then one day it was just around the corner. I hope my story inspires you to make your dreams happen. I am now moving on to my next dream, building Matt Hudd Martial Arts into a Martial Arts Centre of Excellence that Hereford will be proud of.
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Previously gymnastics coach, massage therapist and personal trainer with 20 years of experience. Former gymnast and dancer.