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    G3: Goal Setting for 2018 pt 2

    Now that you have your Goals from G1.The second part of the G3 process is developing your Gameplan or plan of action.  A goal without an action plan is doomed to fail.Research is paramount in developing an effective plan of action.  Do your homework.   Read More...

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    G3: Goal Setting for 2018 pt 1

    Goal setting, when done correctly, is a powerful process that allows you choose the course and destination of your life.In my early years as a teacher and coach, I struggled with my student’s and athlete’s ability (or inability) to set and achieve their goals.  So, I researched..studied...and got some help from those that knew better than I.That’s how I came up with G3.  It stands for GOAL - GAMEPLAN - GO FOR ITI know it’s super-cheesy..but it’s simple, di...  Read More...

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    Hope is NOT a Plan!

    We all admire those people who can stare death in the face and hope for a brighter future. I would much rather hang around those types of people than the constant pessimists of the world.I have found that hope-filled people seem to fall into two categories:Those that have a plan of action, with clear steps, and definitive timelines.Those that are delusional. Hope is not a plan of action and nothing ever works out like you hope or want it to. A plan gives you the best chance for control in t...  Read More...

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    Goal Setting and Self-Discipline Pt 1

    Singularly the most important attribute needed to achieve success in any endeavor is Self-Discipline.  It is the ability to control one's impulses, emotions, desires and behavior.  It’s gaining long term satisfaction from achieving meaningful goals by turning down instant gratification and immediate pleasure.   Read More...

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    What Do I Do?

    I often get asked, “What I do for a living?”When I first started coaching and teaching martial arts I would respond with, “Kickboxing” or “Muay Thai.”Then a good friend and mentor of mine, Dr. John Hall told me to quit saying that!He said, “You do so much more than simply teach people how to kick and punch.”  Dr. Hall went on to explain, Every class I watch you teach, I don’t just see kids learning martial arts..I see them learning:How to be confident-How to look people in the eye when spea...  Read More...

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    Comfortably Numb

    Most people will live their life without ever truly living. They may experience all of the normal feelings and events a lifetime will hold, but normalcy becomes the goal for most. Only a minority will ever truly grab life by the reins to become the masters of their own destiny.   Read More...

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    Strong is a Choice Part 1

    As a professional instructor and coach, a big portion of my job is research.  I am constantly researching better ways to teach, communicate, and develop strong leaders on and off the mat.Over the years I’ve read a ton of books and articles, attended workshops and seminars, and watched countless videos on how to develop physical, mental and emotional strength.The more I research, the more I’m convinced that very few people truly understand what strength is or much less how to dev...  Read More...

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    Zoned Out

    The key to physical, mental, and emotional growth is getting out of your comfort zone.There have been many times in my life, when I felt stagnant. I would get complacent and depressed. It was because I wasn't growing in one (or all) of those three areas.To change this I would challenge myself to do something that would push me out of my comfort zone.Growing up I was extremely shy.I know it's hard to believe, but I hated talking to people. I avoided it like the plague.   Read More...

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    Are You an Artist?

    During a time of fellowship this week with my Martial Arts family, I was asked a difficult question. What hobbies do I have outside of martial arts? In fact, people who see me up at the gym all the time often ask me what I do to separate myself from Martial Arts training.   Read More...

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    Would You Employ You?

    Going through some old notes, I came across something I wrote down at a Zig Ziglar seminar from 1993.  It stated, “Would you employ you?” I remember Zig asking the audience, "What kind of employee are you?  If you were the boss, are you the kind of employee you would want tohave as  part of your team?   Read More...

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    Ask Yourself, "Why?"

    I started teaching martial arts, because of it’s profound impact it’s had on my life.  I want to share this experience with others.  I was in the express lane for failure.   Read More...

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    Winning 24/7

    So, you want to win. You want to destroy your opponents and claim victory. You want a gold medal, or a trophy, or a championship belt, and no one is going to get in your way!   Read More...

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    Grit: The Lost Virtue

    For those of you who grew up in the rural south, you will be able to relate to the way I was raised.  Out in Nowhere, U.S.A., important lessons are learned every day.  As a kid growing up there, I had a list of responsibilities that I had to take care of every day-feeding the animals, taking care of the lawn, getting firewood, etc.  There was emphasis on certain values that are congruent with that lifestyle.  Character qualities like perseverance, diligence, fighting for your...  Read More...

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    What is Best in Life?

    What is best in life? In the epic words of Conan: "Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women", right? Lets skip that last part, (for now) and focus on the first phrase.   Read More...

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    Teach Your Kids How to Talk to Strangers

    by Gavin de Becker, Family Safety Expert It's your worst nightmare. You're in a crowded mall -- shopping for back-to-school clothes -- and you think you've lost your daughter. Teach your kids what to do when they get lost with these suggestions from Gavin de Becker's bestselling book, Protecting the Gift.   Read More...

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