Over time we all learn new things. From learning a  new hobby, learning how to do the laundry, or learning a new subject in school, the possibilities are endless. What I’ve specifically learned since receiving my black belt were the character traits of perseverance and confidence. Having these two traits is very helpful because the more effort you put into something, the more you will get out of it. If you are not confident in yourself you won’t get far in life. Being able to persevere through things will help you push through some of the hardest things that life will throw at you and confidence in yourself will give you the push you need to move forward.

Perseverance was one of the biggest concepts that I learned since  I earned my black belt. I learned to persevere through many tough obstacles, not just in karate. I used perseverance to get through school including some tough subjects and tests and in dealing with tough classmates. Persevering through tough work-outs in sports, gym, and karate classes were challenging. It was not always easy to practice katas each week but I realized my hard work was paying off as I progressed.  During hard parts of tests, I have to put in the work to get through the tough questions and push with all my might to finish. I remember my first sparring test being difficult. It was during the two on one section where I was feeling exhausted, but the referee and I both knew that I had to persevere and he gave me a look that said keep going! I gave it my all during that test and look at me now, going for my next belt, what an accomplishment!

Another character trait that I now have since received my black belt is confidence. This is a big accomplishment for me because during my first test I was nervous the entire time and doubted myself. I told myself, to build up confidence, to face my fear of potentially failing. You need to have faith in yourself because there will be times where you are tested. You need to be confident in yourself to push through obstacles to reach your goal. Having confidence and self-worth gives you the tool to face the unknown, face your fears and try new things. The following quote speaks to the meaning of confidence to me: “Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you are better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone at all.”

Confidence and perseverance are key traits that are needed to reach our goals. Believing in yourself is the first step towards trying something new. Leaders have confidence in their abilities and I want to be a good leader. These two traits would give me the ability to lead students if I were to become a teacher in the studio. Since receiving my first black belt, confidence and perseverance have helped me become a stronger person and I feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.