Transcription of the video, "Struggling?"
Hello this is Master Mikel
Steenrod with Water Mountain.
The topic I want to address to
day is struggle.
Let’s start with our takeaway
right off the bat:
it’s ok to
Let’s repeat that again.
it’s ok to struggle.
Now, why is that important?
Many people, when they encounter
difficulty, feel a sense that
they’re doing something
that if they were doing it
it would proceed
any effort. They would not
experience any failure.
that’s just incorrect.
face something that’s challenging,
you will, in fact, struggle
because you’re applying action
Those two things together means
that you must engage some form of
striving, some form
in your work to achieve your end.
So when you are struggling, you
are actually working against
something that is challenging.
It is a positive sign.
Through struggle we grow. Through
we do not.
And we gain very little by having
a life of ease, although it is
we are conditioned to prefer.
When you are on the martial or
the qi gong path, you have chosen
to pursue a life that contains
struggle within it.
You have chosen to apply yourself to
You have chosen to generate action
and put it up against challenge,
which means you’re going to struggle.
So when you’re struggling, what
are you doing? You’re applying
yourself to something that will
develop you, cause you to grow.
That’s not a bad thing.
That’s not something to be
That’s something that you want to
Remember, believe in yourself.
Spend some time developing.