Thomas A. Edison, inventor of the light bulb, hit the proverbial nail on the head when he said:
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. – Thomas A. Edison
Mr. Edison was talking about the type of genius that is responsible for invention. Although he may not have realized it, he was also describing what is needed to achieve life change, the “RE-Invention of you” that most of us set out to find this time of year. If you seek to reinvent yourself in 2011 consider getting involved in the martial arts. Practicing a martial art can provide both the inspiration and perspiration necessary to reinvent yourself.
Consider the story of a student at Pilsung ATA Martial Arts. His story is one of inspiration, both for him personally and for those around him. He came to the school seeking an activity he could participate in with his son. This gentleman is a hard working father, often finding it necessary to work long hours to support his family, unable to spend the kind of quality time he desired with his son.
What he has found over the last few months is truly inspiring. Just a few nights ago, during one of those friend-to-friend conversations the teachers at Pilsung ATA often have with their students, he revealed a “truth” of their membership in the school. He had quit smoking since starting with Pilsung! The reason is even more stunning than the result — he quit so that he could take the money he was spending on cigarettes and put it towards his family membership. Not only is he getting the time with his son that he desires, but he is taking giant steps towards better health, giving him more years to spend with his family as well.
If you already have the inspiration, then it might be the perspiration, or lack of, that holds you back from your personal reinvention. On the NBC show “The Biggest Loser,” the story of “Dan” is one of inspiration meeting the required amount of perspiration. Even better, his story didn’t end when he left “the ranch” and returned home. His passion for reinvention led him to join a local martial arts school, I Can Martial Arts, to continue his weight loss efforts. Check out the video clip provided by NBC (Ep 1103: Week 3- Dan) to hear more of Dan’s story.
Let the martial arts “power” your reinvention this year. Draw inspiration from the stories and lives of your fellow martial arts students. Find a good Instructor who can show you how to perspire and improve yourself. Most importantly:
Get Involved. Get Committed. Reinvent your Life!