Fall is also the time that we get a lot of new students in our dojo. That’s exciting for me, especially since I can remember every one of our instructors back when they were White Belts taking their first step onto the martial arts path. A future leader of this dojo might walk through their doors for the first time in the next couple weeks.
It might be hard to imagine, when you see the confidence and commitment that our Black Belts show, but every one of us began our martial arts journey with a certain sense of uncertainty mixed in with the excitement of new possibilities. In my experience, there is never hope without also a little bit of fear.
Confidence, I believe, is born out of both hope and fear. It comes with taking on a change that scares us, and coming out on the other side. It is strengthened when we can imagine a tough situation getting better.
Whatever change this season brings you, may you be able to overcome your fear, and may you hold on to high hopes for the outcome. Most of all, please find the confidence to actively take the steps that will quench your fears and make your hopes a reality.