As you may know, I just moved again.
I have been moving at a frequency of once every 2 years for the past 6 years. Each time, it has been a learning process, and the goal was to improve my girlfriend and I’s quality of life and opportunity.
This move has done both. We are now in a nicer home, closer to everything we need, and have room to grow.
However, the moving process can be a pain in the butt. You have to pack everything away, clean up, and move it to the new home. Then there is the unpacking process and reassembly.
In our case, the space we are moving into is double the size of our old space, and we never really furnished our old space (as we knew it was temporary). So really, we are putting this home together from scratch.
It’s great to be able to create our own layout, but it is also a lot of work. We have to research, find good materials, consider style, and costs as well. But in the end, all of that work pays off when we have the home we visualized.
This of course doubles a metaphor for life and martial arts. When you want to “move” to the next level, this can involve redesigning your game plan, or sometimes you need to tear it completely down and start from scratch.
Some people have a hard time doing that, and rather just stick to what they are comfortable with and know works for them. However, it is hard to grow in life without moving outside of your current box and let yourself be exposed to new information.
So if you find yourself wanting to “move” your martial arts game, take it like you are moving. Choose which things you want to keep in your game and “pack” them away safely. Consider what things you need to tear out and replace with new designs. Do your research and figure out what game plan or techniques you think would work best to solve a problem you aren’t able to solve currently. Then do the work and if all went well you will have successfully moved up.
If not, then you might need to move again – but at least you learned something along the way.
By the way, I did move (the metaphor is just a happy coincidence). If you want to see my new home you can click the button below. I’m going to host my next Las Vegas camp from it, so some of the campers will be staying with me in my home and it will be pretty awesome. 🙂
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