When we are ‘on mission’ – that is, moving with purpose toward a goal – there are many, many side effects. My favourite example is the Honeybee example: the bee, in its pursuit of pollen, is the cause (probably unknowingly) of a hugely important side-effect that benefits the world – that is, cross-pollination of flowers – which in turn, creates more flowers – which in turn, allows the bee to collect more pollen … and so it goes. Bottom line is this: the cross-pollination effect is not the reason the bee does its thing – it is just a ‘side benefit’ – even though its importance may seem almost immeasurable.
As we progress in our TKD training, the same ‘unintentional’ effects are taking place; both on and off the mat. On the mat- as we work on establishing and maintaining ‘distance’ for example – the effects are many, we learn to make micro-adjustments with weight and learn to focus it where and when it is needed. As we become better at distance our partners become better at disallowing it – and so both sides progress. Off the mat we learn that resilience pays off; we learn that things are achieved by focusing attention on the step-by-step process rather
than the goal itself; we learn that small gains are very, very important, etc.
The goal might be to win at competition, to achieve the next rank, etc – but the unintended consequences are the real ‘payoff’ … JBW
Something to think about…
See you in class!!