Optimise your life and make the most of opportunities in 2017

Posted on 29 December 2016 | Posted in News | Author: Rebecca Watkin for OHS

In October, with the help and support of Optimize Health Solutions, I was able to travel to Linz, Austria to compete in the 23rd Senior World Karate Championships. While I have represented New Zealand for a number of years now, it is always an honour to get selected for the most prestigious competition on the karate calendar – this being only the second World Championships I have attended.

However, as you may appreciate, getting to this level is not an easy feat. So what I thought I’d do, is share with you some of the things that karate has helped me with or taught me that are applicable in everyday and working life – the “transferable skills” to give it a fancy name.

Goal setting.

This may seem like an obvious one but there are many people out there who either don’t set goals, sometimes just because they forget to take the time, or who set unrealistic ones. In my sport I have to be very specific with my goals and be clear in what I want to achieve both in the short and long term. It’s too easy to go on year by year without taking the time to clearly define what you actually want to achieve in that time. What I’ve learnt is to make time, even just a few minutes at the start of each year – it’ll be worth it, I promise!

Your goal doesn’t always have to be to win, or to be the best in your job, but it can be to achieve something small, take a step, or make a plan towards something you’ve never done before that might be outside of your comfort zone.

Striving for excellence.

This can be a bit polarising as not everyone is dead set on being the best. And that’s ok. But what’s important is that they should strive for their best. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who enjoys staying stagnant or under performing. So it’s about learning and defining what you want to achieve and going for it. When I went to the World Championships I knew realistically winning my category was a mammoth feat, and perhaps unrealistic. So while I trained to win, there were still milestones and goals put in place along the way that were more realistic and easier to accomplish.

The sport I play comes with a long tradition of manners and discipline and as a result discipline is something I feel is inherent in a lot of what I do. Sticking to something, going to training every day, multiple times a day even, is a given. But it can be hard when you lose sight of the end goal or other things get in the way. To get through I find it’s good to set yourself little goals, to give yourself little rewards and also to not be afraid to take a mini break – because quite often you will need a rest both mentally and physically sometimes, and that’s ok.

Making the most of your opportunities.

Lastly, don’t forget to grasp every opportunity that comes your way. It may not come again and regrets are the worst. My karate career will one day come to an end and I can honestly say that I have tried to take advantage of it as much as possible. It has led me to countries I would probably have never visited otherwise and introduced me to people from all walks of life and fostered many strong friendships. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Once again, I would like to give a massive thank you to Kaye at Optimize Health Solutions for the wisdom and support she has offered on so many levels in helping me get to the World Championships. Things you may not have thought possible can be possible with some support and coaching. If you think there is something you need a hand with, get in touch now and book an appointment with Kaye for 2017!