Originally posted by shadow
Any people here get frustrated with aikido?
Do you get the feelings that it's all for nothing?
How about the feeling that with every class you are getting worse?
Been there. Be there again.
Or that you never progress?
That you'll never get 'there' wherever 'there' is?
What do you do to overcome them?
These feelings of incompetence tend to balance out my manic feeling that I'm a god and that my aikido is going to be better than O'Sensei's.
But on a serious tip. I wrestle with these problem in aikido as well as in life, more the latter. When I'm feeling this way I usually read a quote from The Art of Peace and sit and breathe for a moment. I also, remind myself not to take myself seriously and try to laugh at myself.
What I like to do is help out the lower ranking aikidokas. By helping them I can see myself when I started and see how much I progressed I have made. Also, by helping others I tend to feel better about myself. Aikido is love after all.