Building Your House
Choe’s HapKiDo — An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and to enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house… my gift to you.”
The carpenter was shocked!
What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.
So it is with us. We build our lives a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.
But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your attitude and the choices you make today help build the “house” you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, Build wisely!
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HapKiDo Martial Arts Georgia— When it comes to reaching goals, it’s definitely easier to start them than to meet them. Why? Because reaching goals require consistent efforts. The moment we stop pursuing them, the finish line can also be prolonged. So how can we be sure that we will reach our goals? Through the influences of what HapKiDo Martial Arts Georgia continually teaches us, we can observe that reaching goals require strong discipline.
With goals, we can talk about how much we would like to reach them all day, and we can make a jump start on them. And we can also say that working hard is a must. But when we apply discipline, hard work and persistence suddenly have more meaning.
For instance, here some questions to consider:
- How many times a week are you going to spend time putting in the hard work?
- What are you willing to put aside in your life so to make the time?
- How important is it to reach your goals?
- What results are you hoping or expecting to achieve?
As HapKiDo Martial Arts Georgia and perhaps other sports and hobbies teach us, throwing in an hour of effort every now and then doesn’t have that much effect. In fact, studies show that spending 15 minutes a day on your goal is much more effective than the sporadic efforts. With discipline as our secret weapon, it influences us to do our best. On some days, showing up to class is easy because of a simple schedule. But on other days when everything is calling our attentions, we realize we have to turn down other invitations so to still stick with our training time.
So the next time you find yourself struggling to reach your goal, stop and reassess. Have you been able to carve out enough time per week to spend on the goal? If not, then what changes can be made so you can?
And if you’re getting frustrated with your goal, you can always take a break and/or find people who make for a great support group.
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