Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Power of Ritual in Your Martial Arts Practice

At the Art of Manliness, there was a very good article on the power of morning and evening routines in getting the things that are important to you done.

I once had a streak of over 700 days getting some form of exercise every day, and making a point of waking early and getting my workout in was a major contributor to that streak.

An excerpt is below. The full post may be read here.

You’re a college student.
It’s midnight. You’re brushing your teeth and reviewing how the day went. And you’re disappointed.
You had planned to work out, study for an upcoming history exam, clean up your apartment, and find time to meditate.
But none of those things happened.
You woke up late. As soon as you sat down to study in the afternoon you saw some friends who invited you out to eat. And that night you got sucked into aimlessly surfing the internet while the dirty dishes sat for another day in the sink.
You spit out your toothpaste and vow to do better tomorrow–tomorrow you’re going to turn it all around. But the next day brings more of the same.
Does this sound familiar? Do you feel like you’re stuck in a cycle of good intentions but disappointing follow-through?
There are several things you can do to get unstuck from this rut and start progressing as a man again. Today we’re going to talk about one of the very best: “bookending” your day with a morning and evening routine.

Bookend Your Day: Why a Man Needs a Morning and Evening Routine

Darren Hardy, editor-in-chief of Success Magazine and author of The Compound Effectargues that a person’s morning and evening routines are the “bookends” of a successful life. Why is this?
Imagine a string with a series of beads on it. The beads represent your goals, relationships, and priorities. Tip the string this way or that way, and the beads easily slide off and onto the floor. But tie a knot on each end of the string, and the beads stay put. Those knots are your morning and evening routines. They keep the priorities of your life from falling apart and thus help you progress and become a better man.
Having an evening and morning routine:
Ensures the really important things get done.  While we generally can’t control what goes on in the middle of a day, we usually can control how we begin and end the day. Take advantage of this fact by incorporating your most important tasks, actions, and behaviors into your morning and evening routines. For example, I know many businessmen who refuse to check email first thing in the morning. Instead, their morning routine consists of waking up, getting dressed, and spending an hour working on their most important task of the day, even before they go into the office. This ensures they accomplish their task before the chaos and interruptions of the workday get in the way.
For me, if I don’t exercise first thing in the morning, I won’t exercise that day. I just don’t have time for it. So, daily exercise is part of my morning routine. Journal writing is another important thing for me. If I don’t have a specific time set aside for journaling, it doesn’t get done. Thus, journal writing is part of my evening routine.


Compass Architect said...

The perfection of the practice is greater than the practice to perfection. Good post. ...

Compass Architect said...

The perfection of the practice is greater than the practice to perfection. Good post. ...