Tic TOC you don’t stop
Another concept that will help you with your training and organizing you thoughts is T.O.C. or what I call, “keep in the Tic TOC.”
The TOC stands for Timing, Organization and Completion.
Timing is priority and getting things done that need to be done. It isn’t just when to do something, but also the motivation and desire to get it done in that moment. As many people have said, “Timing is Everything.” Well, that saying is pretty close to reality.
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Knowing what has priority is part of this timing. It has to start from the top and work down. We can think of this as long and short term timing. One year to one minute. What needs to be done this year, this month, this week, this day, this hour and finally this minute. Knowing your timing is key in order to fulfill the tasks you create during organization.
This is probably the hardest task in training. Staying organized takes work and since so many people are focused on the work – they spend little time getting organized.
When things are not organized you have no timing – when you don’t have timing you can’t reach completion and the balance is off. Without balance your training does not thrive with an even flow – instead it spurts with success and failure – this can be nerve racking.
So, if you want a healthy training program you need to get organized. Part of organization is knowing what the timed priorities are. But, the main power to organization is an individual endeavor. Organizing yourself is the key. This starts with being prepared – getting things organized to do the training – then you must do the training in an organized manner.
Most people fall prey to either just jumping in to the activity without being organized, or they spend time organizing but they do their training in an unorganized fashion. This doesn’t help. Balance is important and an equal level of thought has to be put into each one.
Without finishing or accomplishing your goals, the training is never really complete. When it comes down to success and future growth, what matters is when a job is completed.
Working on something for hours on end is only a waste of time until the training produces a finished result. That is the goal for every task. So, make sure you start and finish each task with the same energy. Don’t leave things hanging in the background.
Naturally you will need to work on what is of priority, but part of staying organized and having good timing is knowing what should be completed. Back flips are not priority if you have yet to learn your stances.
If there is anything I have learned in all my years of action and training – it will be the importance of the above 3 words. They will not do you or the training any good simply as thoughts. They need to become a part of your character and you need to find a way to keep them on the tip of your head.
With them your training will thrive and continue to grow – without them, time will just pass… “Tic-Toc, Tic-Toc, Tic-Toc, Tic-Toc.”
by Rick Tew
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About the author:
Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed Sensei or teacher in the martial arts and founder of CMS – College of Martial Science and NinjaGym. He runs Live-In Short and Long term Martial Arts Training and Adventure Camps in California and Thailand.
Utilizing the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal development programs. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential.
Rick Tew’s Winjitsu, The Mental Martial Art System for Success, has helped his students to overcome their fear and become successful in what they love and passionate about.