Whether you are a beginner or a “battle hardened veteran” of the martial arts, growing depends on desire. An intense desire to learn about oneself and one’s art is essential to truly progress. The drive to understand something simultaneously unlocked doors to further knowledge by pushing oneself beyond fear, beyond laziness, beyond excuses and beyond psychological barriers.
A student who is not really trying to learn about his art may think he has been studying 20 years. In reality, he has only been studying for 3 or 4 years because the remaining time was spent merely repeating what he already knew with no effort toward improvement, physically and mentally. One has to mentally strip away the hindrances and see the art as a child, through “new” eyes. Viewing an art as a child should bring questions to mind and open new paths for exploration. Don’t continue to spend time on what has already been developed through mindless repetition, but research to find what was missing during this development and build on what is already in place to continue to improve.
Cultivation of desire can put a student at the top of his field. One does not necessarily have to be born with special skills to achieve success. Hard work and the desire to develop and constantly improve can replace a lack of natural talent. Persons who are genetically skilled but never use their abilities can be surpassed by a student who has the internal motivation to learn and succeed.