‘Leave your ego at the door
”……is the statement that touched me when I was reading the Dojo etiquette in my karate licence and grading record.
Ego in psychoanalytic theory, is that portion of the human personality which is experienced as the “self” or “I” and is in contact with the external world through perception. The ego coexists with the id (said to be the agency of primitive drives) and superego (considered to be the ethical component of personality) as one of three agencies proposed by Sigmund Freud. Didn’t forget my PSYC 102 lectures.
During karate training, your ego won’t allow you to follow instructions. When that happens, you will defame the discipline.
Applying this is life, leaving your ego behind and remaining absolutely vulnerable allow you to receive every instruction or direction that comes to you. It gives you enough time and chance to grow and learn new things.
Moving ahead, check it so you don’t become egocentric or narcissistic. A person who is egocentric believes they are the center of attention, like a narcissist, but does not receive gratification by one’s own admiration. A narcissist is a person whose ego is greatly influenced by the approval of others.
Just learn to leave your ego behind and remain absolutely vulnerable. Receive fully and chanel the pressures of life into growth.