It seems that the closer my test date comes the more overwhelmed I become. The things overwhelming me aren’t even karate related. Work. Things are stepping up and moving along which is a great thing. I’m certainly not complaining about having work to do. Just wondering why its all coming right now when I am trying to focus on the upcoming exam. Maybe its just one major distraction that is designed to keep my occupied and not thinking too much. Or maybe its not. Maybe its just another obstacle in my way, a hurdle to jump to prove that I am totally committed to becoming a black belt.

That’s what I think it is. In the home stretch can I stay the course? Can I maintain my focus or will I become distracted by all of the other things going on around me? That’s an important lesson to learn – staying focused and maintaining the course. I was thinking about that the other day. Focus. Having to stay focused no matter what is going on around you. Being aware of your surroundings but having the vision you need to deal with them. Isn’t that really important in self defense? You don’t need to answer, that was a rhetorical question – I know that it is.

My focus has changed so much since I’ve started martial arts. I know that these current distractions will only help to build me into a stronger person and much more able to deal with the things I need to as I become a black belt, an instructor, and a student on the next path of my journey to shodan.

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