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Success will never be achieved by doing ‘just enough’. To successfully achieve a goal (i.e. breaking the board), you must focus beyond the goal itself, as that is wherein success lies.

In most of my lectures on the Mental Martial Arts, I combine the physical elements of the Martial Arts to make it a kind of Edu-tainment event.

Edu-tainment is where a speaker entertains the audience while teaching something of educational value. Props are often used to help drive the point home. The martial arts help to explain what it is I am saying and aid in recall by giving the audience a memorable visual example.

For breaking barriers, I might break a piece of wood. But what I am really teaching are the steps required for breaking a piece of wood. I start by teaching the principles for achieving goals while ending with the bang of breaking a piece of wood. Both the visual image and the sound help ingrain the message.

The philosophy behind breaking a piece of wood and the most important part to remember is to follow through. It is not a quick-fix strategy for proving to the audience that they too can break a piece of wood. Although this might help bring some awareness to their limiting beliefs, it isn’t the purpose of my demonstration.

When striking the wood (your actions), it is key to actually strike about two to four inches past the piece of wood. Your aim is beyond the first point of contact. This will ensure that you push through once you hit the wood. If you don’t strike through, you won’t break the board. You will stop at the outer surface and just short of your goal.

This strategy can be applied to our actions when striving to achieve any specific goal. We have to go beyond the mark. Go the extra mile or stick to the task until it sticks to us. Many people stop just short of achieving their goals. Even though they might feel they did all the right things and took all the right actions, they did not go far enough.

Breaking Through

A martial artist learning to break a piece of wood (as seen in many martial arts demonstrations) might do the following:

They get into the correct stance for maximizing stability. They then strike using the twisting power from their toes, to their legs, to the hips, to the shoulders, and out through the arm. They strike with the correct part of the hand and add a boost of energy by screaming a powerful yell when striking the board. To many, this seems to be the completion of the drill. However, if they stop here, they will stop just short of the goal and the board will not break. This is because the student is focused on attacking the board when they should be attacking at least two inches beyond the board.

Even with all this energy and focus, if the student does not go the correct distance, they will not break the board. They have to push through the board. Therefore, before you embark on a quest or goal, you need to decide – commit – that you will follow through. Only you can make this decision. Only you can fly this jet.

Those who do not follow through end up with a list of excuses. We are taught that somehow excuses can replace results. In business there isn’t much room for excuses. This is why in my TIC TOC – you don’t stop strategy for self-management, one of the key areas of success is completion. An employer does not want key people being sent out on a mission and returning with excuses. The scenario might go something like this.


Did you complete the task?”


I applied the correct stance.”


Did you complete the task?”


I twisted my hips.”

You can probably see where this is going. People in charge are interested in one thing: results. They want a broken board, not an excuse for why the board did not break. Excuses are designed to create a temporary cover on a blank canvas where the goal should be. To me, an excuse should really only be a temporary setback and rarely a replacement for success. Common sense must be used liberally here.

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Write down a specific goal. Now think about how you can achieve that goal by going the distance. Have you set a goal before and fallen short? Think about what happened and how you could have been more successful.

Now that you have some tools to bring your Mind-Body-Spirit back into balance, it is time to move on to Winjitsu Level 4 – NRG and learn the internal power of achievement.

About the Author RICK TEW

I will do the splits for you too. I provide edutainment events that help you to be a Ninja in what you do. I offer Martial Arts Therapy Retreats on Samui Island in Thailand. My unique Winjitsu Mind-Body system of coaching inspires you to BE more fulfilled and to DO more to KickStart your ideas.

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