Learning a new skill (like Systema) is as easy as A,B,C.
A is for Aim
definition: a result that your plans or actions are intended to achieve.
synonyms: work towards, set one’s sights on, try for, strive for, pursue, seek, aspire to, endeavour to achieve, have in view, have designs on, wish for, want.
It’s important to have an aim simply to help you plan & focus your practice. If you know where you’re heading you’ll have a better chance of figuring out what you need to do to get there.
Break you ultimate goal down into manageable chunks, which are easier to achieve. Get some quick wins under your belt & develop the good habit of achieving your goals.
It will also help to set time frames for what your trying to achieve. An open ended aim won’t help you to stay on target…someday never comes.
Equally you should ensure your goals are achievable & realistic. If you’d like to lose a couple of stone, it is unrealistic to aim to do this in a few weeks!
In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
Henry David Thoreau
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.
Orison Swett Marden
B is for Begin
definition: perform or undergo the first part of (an action or activity).
synonyms: start, set about, go about, embark on, get down to, take up, turn one’s hand to, undertake, tackle.
As important as it is to have an aim, it counts for nothing if you don’t take that first step!
Starting something new can seem daunting. You may feel uncomfortable but that’s to be expected, you’re stepping outside your comfort zone. You’re aiming to stretch yourself in an effort to change & grow.
The road ahead may seem long but don’t let that put you off. Just take that first step & see where it leads you.
To begin, begin.
He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.
Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
Pope Paul VI
C is for Continue
definition: persist in an activity or process.
synonyms: carry on with, go on with, keep on with, proceed with, persevere, pursue.
Continuity is where the real difference is made. Regular practice sustained over time is the path to competence in any new skill.
Once you’ve taken that first step, you’ve got to keep going.
A journey of a thousand miles might start with a single step but you still have to take the next 1,999,999 to get there!
It’s much easier to put in the practice when everything is new & exciting. The thing that separates those that acquire the skills they desire & those that don’t, is perseverance.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King