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Brittany Fjeld gets a Black Belt, age 13
Brittany Fjeld, has worked hard in her focus and determination to become a black belt. She gives up easily on things that are difficult. In her graduation essay, she talked about wanting to quit and having to push herself just to go to class.
|Deb and Brittany Fjeld celebrate Black Belts|
"I am so proud of her! Having a FASD dx and being born drug exposed doesn't stop her from doing hard things. How many 13 year olds have a Black Belt?" said Mom, Deb Fjeld, who celebrated her "Black Belt" too!
How did they do it?
We started karate without setting the goal of black belt. It was too big a goal, and it felt unreachable and overwhelming. We would come to the gold belt class and look at the brown and black belts finishing up their class, and say "I could never do that. No way." The great thing is, we didn't have to. We just needed to work on our small goals-getting our current kick right, practicing our first form, and doing the best we could do. Then we graduated up to a new belt with the rush of excitement of starting new belt requirements and the pride of accomplishment. We were over 2 years into karate before we made the commitment to become a Black Belt.
As we built skills we built our confidence and instead of thinking "No Way" we thought, "I can hardly wait to try that." Upon reaching Brown Belt, the goal of Black Belt became reachable. I guess the lesson is: "It's great to have a dream, but important to set small, reachable goals toward that dream, give yourself the time that you need, give it your all, and you can reach that dream."