Along with my patience for other people, the patience I have with myself has also grown. If I don’t get the first point in a kumite match, I don’t pout or kick the ground. I take a deep breath, and get right back in there, ready to score the next one. It applies to many things in my life. If I’m trying a snowboarding trick and I fall, I get right back up and try again. I I get a bad test grade, I study twice as hard for the next one. I am able to use my failure as feedback, not fuel for a temper tantrum.