129. Wax On, Wax Off

I never watched the original Karate Kid movie. For one, it never appealed to me (I'm not much into karate or fighting movies) and for two, I was a 90s kid. That just means the 90s was my world and the only 80s thing I really cared about was my birth (lol, that statement isn't completely true but I'm just trying to make a point.)

Although I've never watched the original Karate Kid, there was one phrase I couldn't escape: "Wax on, wax off." I actually heard this often as a child, whether it was through a relative, teacher, or strangers. I never really understood what it meant until I got older.

Apparently in the movie, the main character, Daniel, asks the maintenance man if he would teach him how to fight. The man, who many know as Mr. Miyagi, agrees to train Daniel, but he starts him off doing menial chores. "Wax on. Wax off."



Daniel believes he's just a slave to Mr. Miyagi until he realizes the power of habit. He doesn't realize how those simple movements actually serve as the foundation for his training and victory to come.

 The moment you realize your simple, day-to-day routine is actually training -- and preparation for bigger things to come. 

The moment you realize your simple, day-to-day routine is actually training -- and preparation for bigger things to come. 


Seriously, just think about the power of that imagery. One person who doesn't seem to attract much success begins to change their habits and thinking and surge to incredible levels.

Discipline and habit is the foundation to bigger victories.  

It's called discipline. Do you have the discipline to achieve small wins on a daily basis? Do you have the discipline to form and maintain good habits? These are questions we must ask ourselves in route to getting to the next level.

I've taught my students this. Most of them have seen the modern version of The Karate Kid featuring Jaden Smith, but I tell them about ol' Mr. Miyagi. I tell them about how Mr. Miyagi taught good habits through four simple words. 

Now, every time a child sees a chair that's not pushed under their desk or a book that's misplaced on a bookshelf, the kids yell, "Wax on, wax off!" They now know that discipline is the foundation to the bigger opportunities in life. They may not fully understand it, but one day I believe it will all come full circle. 

So, until next time, think about the little action steps you can take to transform your life into a consistent, victorious one. You can do it.

Be consistent. Have some discipline and stamina. Show strength. It's all about daily habits. 

Wax on, wax off.