Working on your fitness, gaining or losing weight as needed, taking care of your mental wellness, studying for that upcoming test or any other goal you have all require your time. It is easy to put off those goals and start on another day, but I have found that the best time to start is now. You don’t have to make giant steps at first, just little ones. With a little bit of progress each day, before you know it you may find your way further down the road toward that goal than you expect.
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You may be expecting me to say yes, but the answer is more accurately: you get out of practice what you put into it. A little bit of practice is better than no practice at all. When you can find time to practice in a day, take advantage of that opportunity.
For a moment let’s discuss the term Gōng Fu (Kung Fu). Gōng 功 can be translated as work or merit. Fu 夫 is literally man or mankind, but it is often considered to mean “time spent”. Together these two characters can be considered skill. If we think about the combination of these characters we can see that it takes both time and work to achieve skill.
This term is not exclusive to martial arts, but can be used to describe anybody who has achieved a high skill in their endeavors.
So back to the discussion of practicing daily. We can see that to achieve Gōng Fu with our martial art, it takes both time and work. If we put in the work, but not the time it will take longer to achieve the skill. The reverse is true, if we put in a lot of time but don’t work very hard, then it will also take longer to achieve the skill.
Talents without skills is like deserts without an oasis. ~ Arabian Proverb
For me personally, I have success with practicing Tai Chi first thing in the morning. If the mornings are not good for you, that is okay. Find a time in the day that will work for you, perhaps at lunch time or in the evening prior to your bedtime. As an example, if you have set a goal to practice 30 to 40 minutes on a given day, don’t think that you have to do that all consecutively. Practicing in 15 to 20 minute blocks of time can be quite effective and you may benefit from having multiple shorter sessions.
Whatever time of day you choose, begin by taking a few deep and calming breaths. Let go of any persistent thoughts, focus on the present moment and then begin your practice.