As Miyomoto Musashi wrote … ‘there is timing in everything’.
Most often, there is stuff we NEED to do before getting to the stuff we really WANT to do. In other words, there is timing and process to almost everything.
The need for immediate gratification is one of the most toxic forces at work in today’s society. In fact, a very powerful study known as the Marshmallow Experiment, indicates very convincingly, that only about twenty percent of us, who have the ability to endure short term inconvenience for long-term gain, are almost guaranteed of living a happy, joyful and financially successful life.
It is no different in martial arts training; those willing to endure the hard-yards, in lieu of fast-tracking their way through the ranks, are almost certain to place real value/worth on their Black Belt when they finally do earn/become it.
There is 'timing' in everything - there is also a ‘time’ for everything. Enjoy the process!
Please share with your friends, family and associates. You can bet this message will be just what they needed to hear today.
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THE BUSINESS MAN AND THE BEGGAR
One day, there was a New York businessman who was running late for work. As he rushed to catch the train, he noticed a homeless man selling pencils at a table. In his frenzy, he dropped a dollar into the cup and hurriedly stepped aboard the subway train.
On the second thought, he stepped back off the train, walked over to the homeless man and took several pencils from the cup. Apologetically, he explained that in his haste he had neglected to pick up his pencils, and he hoped the man wouldn’t be upset with him. “After all,” he said. “You are a business man just like myself. You have merchandise to sell, and it’s fairly priced.” He then caught the next train.
At a social convention a few months later, a neatly dressed salesman stepped up to the businessman an introduced himself. “You probably don’t remember me, and I don’t know your name but I will never forget you. You are the man who gave me back my self-respect. I was a ‘beggar’ selling pencils until you came along and told me I was a business person.”
What a great story right! But what does this have to do with martial arts? In my experience I have literally seen the martial arts change lives and have even seen it save lives! Learning how to fight or defend oneself is only one part of our martial arts practice. What makes someone a truly great martial artist is when they demonstrate the principles of black belt in their daily lives; modesty, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. I’m not sure if the businessman was a martial artist or not but let’s all follow his lead and make the effort to build each other up. That’s living the black belt lifestyle!
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This month our student “mat chats” are focused on modesty. Here is a story we are going to be sharing with them. We hope you enjoy it as well!
There once was a martial arts master who had a student that was very difficult to teach. The student just seemed to know it all! No matter what the master taught, the student always seemed to either have a better way or to know why the master’s way wouldn’t work.
Finally, out of frustration, the master made one last attempt to teach the student a valuable lesson. He invited the student in for some tea. As the master poured his tea, he only poured the cup half full, but when the master poured the student’s tea, he poured until the cup was overflowing.
Surprised at what the student saw, he exclaimed “Stop pouring, the cup is full!” The master replied, “Your mind is much like this cup. It’s overflowing with your own thoughts and ideas. There is no room left to learn.”
This is another great example of why it is so important to develop the attitude of modesty. Can you imagine how hard it is to teach someone who thinks he/she knows it all?
When someone thinks that they knows it all, they stop listening which means they stop learning, and when they stop learning, they stop growing. People whose cups are full are no longer teachable.
No matter how much you know or how good you are at something, always remain humble enough to listen to the thoughts and ideas of others; you never know, even one good idea from someone else just might take your own skills from good to great!
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This month our student “mat chats” focus on the principles of black belt. First up is MODESTY. One of the best ways to develop modesty is to remember that you never get anywhere or achieve anything by yourself. The skill and the confidence that you develop as a martial artist is the result of not only your hard work, but the ongoing support of your instructors and fellow teammates. Similarly, good grades are not achieved without the help of supportive parents and teachers and success in the workplace is only achieved with help and guidance of a mentor that has invested time and energy into developing your skills. To put modesty into practice simply say “thank you” when someone praises you for your performance but be sure to acknowledge the people in your life that helped you get there.
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Begin with the end in mind means knowing what your goal or desired outcome is in advance. Knowing this helps remind you of where you are and what steps you should take next.
I’m sure you know people that are always busy. They frantically run around all day, but at the end of the day, get very little accomplished. Beginning with the end in mind can fix this challenge because you have a clear vision of where you want to end up.
When you take the time to set a goal, and review your progress daily, you will be able to see yourself getting closer and closer to achieving the desired outcome.
Yogi Berra asked this profound question, "If you don't know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?"
Creating a clear vision and step by step system for a new student is vital to his or her success. We help them measure their progress with our purposefully designed ranking system. This allows a student to set and achieve short term goals and midrange benchmarks to help them “chunk down” the long range goal of black belt into bite size pieces that are more manageable to digest.
What would you like to achieve in the next year?
What does “the end” look like as it relates to that goal?
What actions can you take on a daily basis to ensure that you achieve it?
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Martial arts students with a champion mindset know the value of setting goals and taking massive action. They realize that in order to reach their true potential they must take the initiative to make things happen.
We all know people that make excuses for not achieving their goals or getting the job done. They blame other people or circumstances for their lack of progress. They will sell you on every reason why they couldn’t get the desired result. But in the end, it’s all a bunch of excuses.
"There are those in the ranks who will stay in the ranks! Why? I'll tell you why: 'Simply because they haven't the ability to get things done!'"
~ Dale Carnegie
“If it’s to be...it is up to me” is a no excuses mindset. It’s about taking consistent action and making things happen.
When obstacles come up, champions stay positive and proactive. They may need to adjust the plan or the timeframe but they still see the project or goal through until it has been accomplished.
No blaming, no excuses, and no whining! It’s all about accepting 100% responsibility and taking massive action.
When it’s time to go to class..GO!
When it’s time to get your homework done…get it done and give it your best effort!
When it’s time to make a healthy food choice so you can maintain your ideal weight...make the right call!
Don’t wait...create! Make no excuses and repeat to yourself “IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME!”
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There really is no secret to success. It’s quite simple when you think about it. Show up. Work hard. Measure your progress. Adjust as necessary. Repeat.
When you look at it on paper, it looks simple. But is it? Not really!
Have you ever heard anyone refer to their life as the “DAILY GRIND?”. They go on to explain how they have to get up, go to work, deal with a bunch of crap, listen to an annoying boss, struggle to find time for a workout, make dinner and go to bed only to have to get up and do it all over again the next day.
Sounds exciting and fulfilling, right?
I try to think of the “DAILY GRIND” a little differently. GRIND stands for: Get Ready…It’s a New Day!
Do you think of your days and weeks as mundane and boring? Are your goals exciting and igniting that fire in your belly?
Anthony Robbins says, “People aren’t lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.”
When you have inspiring goals, you WANT to get up early. You WANT to get up and get at it. Burning the midnight oil is no longer something you have to do but rather something you want to do.
I see this happen when our newer students get the “martial arts bug.” They go from saying that they don’t have the time in their scheduled to work out to finding time to train with us 2, 3 and sometimes even 4 times per week. What happened? Did they find the magic formula to add more hours in their day?
No. They were inspired! inspiration leads to motivation which leads to action which ultimately leads to progress. Progress is the magic elixir for happiness. Progress just feels good right!. When we see forward progress with our fitness, health, finances, business, and family goals, we are excited to show up the next day and “GRIND IT OUT.”
Get your GRIND on today!
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It’s common in life to have some problems or challenges. Sometimes injuries occur, car breaks down, finances are tight, etc.
Many people start crying the blues and telling everyone that will listen (whether they want to or not) about their troubles.
I don’t know about you but when I see someone like that coming toward me I start looking for the closest exit!
In his book Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink, a former Navy Seal, would tell his subordinates “good” when they came to him with a problem. Initially they would look at him like he is crazy, but then he would explain.
When you say “GOOD”, you are putting yourself in a positive state versus a negative one. But more than just that, you are now going to view the situation differently.
Now you can get creative and find a solution. You can get resourceful and find a new way.
Anthony Robbins says, “It’s never a matter of your resources, it’s always a matter of your resourcefulness.”
Now you have the chance to go back and figure out what went wrong and learn from it so it never happens again. The past can be a great teacher. It can teach you what to do again in the future, and in some cases, it can teach you what never to do again.
The question is, do you stop for a moment to look back and see what you have learned?
A problem or challenging situation may simply give you the chance to get mentally tougher and accept defeat. And when you do that, you realize it’s never just a loss, it’s always a lesson.
None of us can control what is going to happen, although it would be nice. But we have complete control over how we respond to what happens. When we respond with the right attitude, we can make the best of it, and move on.
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This month our blog posts focused on RESPECT. Today our team would like to express its gratitude and respect for those who died serving our country and to those they left behind.
There is an ancient story of respect that explains the respect that tigers have for one another in the jungle. They respect one another, give each other distance and seldom fight each other. The story goes that they understand that should they fight; the outcome would surely be that one would be mortally wounded and the other would be maimed for life.
Why is it that people don’t realize that we are not so different than the tigers? Isn’t it true that conflict between two human beings or groups usually leaves one of them “maimed?” Isn’t it true that even words spoken in anger or haste can wound the recipient for life? Let’s also not forget the damage we do to ourselves by harboring anger, jealously and resentment toward others.
Martial arts training teaches us to respect life, respect our fellow man and only to use the skills we practice to keep ourselves and our loved ones free from harm from those that have chosen to live a life of conflict, ignorance and aggression.
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