The biggest challenge in my life
was the test for my black belt. I had four months to train
physically. We also had to train mentally by studying the history of
my karate school and writing twenty-two essays.
I did the physical training but held off the mental work. I
convinced myself that I couldn’t do it, that I didn’t have time to
write all the essays. I did not tell anyone that I was training. I
intended to wait until the next testing. When I did tell them, it
was two weeks before the test. My instructors and my friends
convinced me I could write all the essays in that short time span,
all while doing school, track, jazz band and the physical training
I changed from saying, “I can’t” to saying, “I can”. Once I changed
that simple word, it changed my attitude and belief. I spent all my
time in those two weeks to write more than 120 pages of essay work.
I believed and I achieved. I decided I would go on to the three days
of my black belt test.
I passed and earned my black belt after eight years of training.
All it takes is a decision with a positive attitude. I’m proof that
changing one word can change your whole life.
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