The other day I was teaching at our Aikido Dojo (Japanese Martial Art School). I was observing a relatively new student attempting to perform a new technique that she was learning. She was doing fine until suddenly she moved in the wrong direction colliding with her attacker. The result is that both of the students fell to ground from the collision.
Then something special happened. My student rolled over and got up from the ground with the biggest smile I had ever seen from her. I asked her, "Why are you smiling?" She responded, "Because I know what not to do next time and the fall didn't hurt".
My student was able to smile because her training in the art of falling (ukemi) was now protecting her when she fell. Secondly, she knows that the next time she will move in the correct way as to avoid the collision with her attacker.
The Dojo may be one of a few places I know of where "failure" is encouraged. I want students to fail when training in the Dojo. This way of training gives the student critical feedback. Feedback helps them hone their skill and technique faster than if they did it perfectly the first time.
Excellence is never an accident. It is achieved in an organization or institution only as a result of an unrelenting and vigorous insistence on the highest standards of performance. It requires an unswerving expectancy of quality from the staff and volunteers.
Excellence is contagious. It infects and affects everyone in the organization. It charts the direction of a program. It establishes the criteria for planning. It provides zest and vitality to the organization. Once achieved, excellence has a talent for permeating every aspect of the life of the organization.
When it comes to achieving your goals and/or growing your business, who do you count on for support?
I hope you have a supportive spouse and family. I hope your friends encourage you to go for your highest and best. Unfortunately, many people don’t have that kind of support. And even those who do, recognize that their loved ones have their own things to deal with and simply can’t always be there for them.
In your quest for success, it’s a good idea to take a close look at your support system—the tools, resources, environment and the people who are in your corner. Who can you really count on? Are they there only for the good times or are they there through the thick and the thin? The more you can shore up your support team, the easier it’s going to be to achieve your important goals.