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The Secret of Making Progress in Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Bagua This Year

Baby Steps 3To make progress in 2016, all you need to do is put in a little time each day. Study, don't just go through the motions. Really think about how you are moving and why. Think about the energies and methods you are trying to achieve.

Every class you participate in should help you take one more baby step down the path toward understanding.

You should be excited about every small insight, and those insights will come with a good teacher and by thoughtful study and mindful practicing. If you are not leaving your classes excited about a new insight you have gained or an improvement you have made -- a baby step you have taken -- then you need a new teacher or a new attitude.

You must set a goal for this year. Where do you want to be with your skill by December 31st? Do you want to learn a new form? Do you want to understand certain concepts more clearly? Do you want to master certain techniques?

Get a calendar and write your goals on December 31st. Specific goals such as, "I have learned Laojia Yilu," or, "I understand and can use the 13 Energies in both movement and application."

Now, put together a plan of the steps you need to take to get there -- specific steps and dates when you need to accomplish it. Then start on those actions. If your goal is to learn Laojia Yilu, get a DVD and begin practicing movement one. Tomorrow, practice movement one and movement two. Get input and instruction from your teacher to make sure you are on the right path.

You can achieve anything you want, but first you have to know what you want to achieve, write it down, plan out the steps to take, and then take action.

One baby step at a time.


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