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Bruce Lee said “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” The actor and martial artist was a very wise man, despite passing away aged just 32.

Since I was a kid I’ve always loved a great kung-fu movie, but I don’t think I was always aware of just how much the words of kung fu legend Bruce Lee were teaching me.

For too many years, I wasted my life chasing an ideal that didn’t exist, hunting for a perfection I would never find and rarely, if ever, living in the moment. I guess I was wasting time, and ultimately wasting life itself.

The funny thing is that I knew my old lifestyle was killing me. I hoped for my health to improve, but until 2009 I never really accepted responsibility for it, or took any decisive action.

In the words of Bruce Lee, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”

Dream Big

“Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail,” said Bruce Lee.

The first step to achieve a goal is to have one, and I believe each of us must set our own goals for life. These goals should be BIG and exciting goals that make us want to give them focus until we get our desired outcome.

If the outcomes we desire excite us we will WANT to work towards them. Repetition will help us develop the required skills.

Bruce Lee said: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Your dreams should also be your own, not those someone else has for you. When others told the old me how bad my health was and that I needed to take action I didn’t listen, but when I decided that change was a MUST there was no turning back.

The kung-fu master once said “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”

The way I view this is that we are each here to meet or exceed our expectations of ourselves, or put another way, when we create standards and values for life that we are truly committed to, we will not settle for anything less.

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Some of the biggest breakthroughs in life can often come during the hardest times and I am certain that many of the hardships I’ve lived through have made me who I now am. Don’t fear the unknown path, for though it can be challenging, it often has the most beauty too.

What Bruce Lee Taught Me About Achieving Goals

Will Power Doesn’t Work

Bruce Lee said: “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

Those with the most will power are the stiffest trees. Those unwilling to adapt will eventually break.

I’ve coached a number of people on improving their health that have told me they “failed”, normally because they ate something they were telling themselves was “not allowed” such as a bar of chocolate or some other junk food.

Those who are relying on will power tend to quit altogether at this point and go back to their old, unhealthy ways, but that is like having a flat tyre on your car and instead of repairing it, letting the air out of the other three.

Don’t hunt for perfection, don’t have rules, but ALWAYS remember your desired outcome. When something ‘goes wrong’ learn from it. Those who ate the junk food rarely (if ever) enjoyed it, so learn that lesson and you are unlikely to want it again.

Educate Yourself

“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”

Success leaves clues, so learn from those who’ve walked the road before you. Learn from the mistakes of others, share experiences, read books, watch documentaries, or even get an experienced coach to help you. Oh, and never be afraid to ask questions. As Bruce Lee said:

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

What Bruce Lee Taught Me About Achieving Goals

Adapt

No matter how much we plan in life, or how much control we think we have there are always things that can catch us out.

“Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick,” said Bruce Lee.

If things go wrong, accept them, adapt and move on. It is important to remember these words from the kung fu master: “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”

Remember to forgive yourself too.

Inspire Others

Bruce Lee was only 32 and he died 2 year before I was even born, yet his legacy still continues to inspire me and millions of others. Maybe these final words from the Kung-Fu master explain why: “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”

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