May 23, 2024



Personal Development and Continuing Education as a Hapkido Instructor by Master Eric P. Laino

Personal Development and Continuing Education as a Hapkido Instructor by Master Eric P. Laino

Have you thought that you don’t have to continue your self-development once you have finished your education? Perhaps you have equated learning and development with the educational institutions that you spent so much time in during your early years. Of course, we do continue to develop throughout our lives, and continue to gain new skills and attributes throughout our working lives as well as our continuing education as Hapkido teachers.

The desire to improve as a Hapkido instructor should be of utmost importance to you. If we get to the point of thinking that we no longer need to improve, we end up closing our minds, and become entrenched in our attitudes. This approach to life does not allow for change and doesn’t allow for development. To be a fully rounded and healthy person, it is necessary to be able to respond to changes in our lives, in our environments and in our hearts and minds. This especially applies to our Hapkido teaching career.

Rigidity in life will impact not only on us, but on others, and will make our lives difficult when change is necessary or forced upon us.

No one is perfect, and no one knows everything there is to know. Thankfully, we generally don’t need to know everything, but we should know when we need to learn something, and when we need to develop new skills and abilities.

It helps to have a goal or two in mind to guide your self-development program, and to have the right sort of attitude. For example, it’s best not to get too worried about what you can’t do or need to improve. Rather, you should take the knowledge of your shortcomings and examine ways in which you can improve.

Confidence is needed in your ability to learn and improve and will make an amazing difference to your success. If you are convinced that you can’t learn something, then you have already lost the battle. If you can tell yourself that if other people can do it, then so can you, this is a sign that you are on the way to success.

Making the most of yourself includes treating others as you would like to be treated yourself. Treat people with respect and you are showing that you are worthy of respect as well. So, do not treat people negatively or with hurtful attitudes. Make sure you are on time if you have arranged to meet someone and be courteous and pleasant.

Once you have given yourself permission to be confident about your abilities, and to hold your head high with others, you can really work on the aspirations for improvement. Make sure you aim high enough.
Low level goals are too easy, and don’t test your abilities sufficiently. Aiming too high means you are less likely to meet your target – so maybe you need to set goals that divide up the big task and deal with these one at a time. It is important to make a realistic assessment about how you are going to achieve your goals.

As Hapkido teachers we must take the time to assess our dreams, passions, ideas, etc. Set solid goals that you can achieve. These should stretch you a bit, and not be little things that you can already do with no trouble.

Once you know what you are aiming for, you need to make a sensible plan of how you are going to get there. Planning is essential. By planning, you can allocate time for certain tasks, and break tasks down into manageable proportions. Plans enable you to make the best use of your time, and to develop the skills required to get things done.

It is important to be goal oriented. It is great to read up on something, but you need to put theory into practice. For many people, they talk a good story, but do not have a lot of follow through. With everything you do, try to ensure that you have a measurable outcome that you can identify as a target, and for which you can see tangible completion.

When things get difficult, it is important that you do not give up. If you never have to overcome problems on your way, you will find life to be an easy ride. The test is how you overcome problems on the road to achievement and success.

If you consider some of the most successful people in the world today, you will find many of them have had more than one career, and many of them have experienced failure in the first degree and continued to great future success. This reflects on their belief system and determination.

So, when things go wrong, learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others. Never think you know best all the time and acknowledge that sometimes you do. You should always think it is possible to learn something new.

There are various stages in the path to self-development. First, you need to take stock of yourself, your life, and your dreams. If you do not have any dreams, or visions of the future, then you need to spend some time working out where you are going in your life, and whether you should be changing anything.

You need to consider carefully whether your attitudes, feelings and beliefs, your behavior, and your actions, are quite what you want them to be. Are they going to hinder or help you achieve your goals and desires? Or do you need to take steps to retrain yourself in certain ways, and work towards a healthier, better life management plan?

Self-confidence, self-belief, a certain amount of modesty, a positive attitude and a serious commitment are all essential elements to self-development. Self-development involves work, but it is work that will enable you to live your life fully and give you the satisfaction of making not only your own dreams come true but helping others to do so too.

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