I’m fighting to stay as good a karateka as I am. I’m struggling to keep doing awesome work. But keeping up what I’ve done before is not even enough. My skills need to grow. It feels like a hedonic treadmill of a different kind. A growth treadmill. I need to grow, to use my previous experience and improve myself — every single day.
This task weighs on me.
What have I learned today? Do I need to spend my evening practicing a skill so it won’t fade? Why is this so hard?
Because I made it so, of course. This is all just in my head. I need to focus.
Focus. The key to learning and growing. I can grow every day by focusing intensely on my current task. Meeting someone? Deliberately practice active listening. Designing? Deliberately practice creativity techniques. Training Karate? Deliberately practice focus.
By focusing on the now, I’ll always grow — no matter what the day brings.