Belief is the knowledge that we can do something. It’s an inner feeling that we can accomplish the things we desire and decide to achieve. When you believe in yourself, you gain power and your eyes are open to opportunities that lead to greatness. To achieve high levels of success and achievement, you must believe you can and will succeed.
“Nothing is impossible to a willing mind.” – Books of Han Dynasty
Warriors do not make excuses. They take responsibility for our own destiny. This includes whether or not they are happy, sad, successful or unsuccessful.
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right!” – Henry Ford
Your thoughts can be positive and filled with belief, or they can be negative and filled with disbelief. Either way, your mind will convince you to succeed and achieve, or to fail. The choice is yours. Have confidence in yourself and your ability to become more and achieve more than you already have. Confidence and self-belief are like muscles that have to be exercised and used to become stronger.
“Believe you can and you are halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Fill your mind with thoughts of success and victory and there will be no room for thoughts of failure and defeat. Surround yourself with people that support and encourage you to go for it versus the naysayers that fill your mind with fear and doubt. Live your life “full out” and practice the habit of self-belief.
See it…Believe it…and you will Achieve it!
A Total Life Warrior is someone who pursues self-mastery daily. This is called “seeking” and those who pursues this path are “seekers”. Please note that seekers pursue personal growth with a passion. They also define growth as happiness and ultimately pleasure. They are wise enough to understand that it doesn’t happen automatically. It takes discipline.
Total Practitioners are focused on learning, growing, and sharing. They are also committed to serving, leading, and inspiring. They do this by continually:
- Seeing New Places
- Meeting New People
- Thinking New Thoughts
- Learning New Things
- Gaining New Ground
- Sharing New Insights
Total practitioners have empowering beliefs which lead to strong convictions (i.e., rock solid core values). Their convictions lead to Clarity, Commitment, Action & Congruency!
Total Practitioners also ask empowering questions. Questions like:
- What’s my ultimate purpose in life?
- How can I make a major impact on this world?
- Who do you know that I should know?
- What would I do if I knew that I couldn’t fail?
- How do I want the world to be different because I lived in it?
- Where do I want to travel to this year to experience something new?
- What do I need to learn from this?
Wouldn’t it be great if every time you did something you were able to learn something from it? How about if every time you approached something you did it with the confidence that you knew it was going to turn out very well. Wouldn’t that be great? Wouldn’t it also be great if every day you woke up truly excited about your day and ready to make a major difference? I think we would all agree that it would be very difficult to have everything work out as well as I just described. This said or written, we certainly can work and train our brains to increase our success ratio and lean the odds in our favor most of the time.
A big part of what makes high-achievers tick is always having exciting goals to work towards. How do we do this? The answer is simple. Keep your goals and objectives in front of you and on your mind every day, several times a day. It’s about clarity…commitment…and action! It’s also about being more aware and congruent by waking your talk. That is, making sure your actions match what you want and expect.
“Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination.” William Arthur Ward, Poet
As the year draws to an end, it is a good time to reflect on all of our accomplishments and personal victories. We have had many this year and it is in no small part due to all our collective efforts:
- We welcomed 10 new students and 3 transfer students,
- 28 students attended the Black Belt Camp
- 29 students competed at the New England Championships
- We promoted 6 students E-Dans
- We welcomed 7 new Cho-Dans into the family
- We took home the Reginal Cup (8th time)
I am very grateful for everybody’s contribution and support as we continue to build Cambridge Tang Soo Do. The old saying, “together, everyone achieves more”, is surely true in this case. As a TEAM, we were able to accomplish some great things. I look forward to more of the same in 2018.
How would you like to make the most of the holiday season and enjoy the best 2018 possible? I know I would.
If so, consider a focus on becoming a Total Life Warrior. That is someone who pursues self-mastery daily. I refer to this as “seeking” and those who pursues this path as “seekers”. Take for example what goes into seeking the summit of Mt. Everest. It requires proper planning, a good guide who has summited before, perseverance, up-front preparation (practice) and indomitable human spirit. That is a burning desire to make it happen. It also takes the tools of the trade; such as proper equipment, clothing, and a whole bunch of support. It also takes time, energy, and money.
As a fellow seeker, you already know the higher we climb the more challenging it becomes. The air is not only thinner, the resistance becomes greater as we climb ever upwards. This is the price of success! As you can imagine there are very few total practitioners or Total Life Warriors just as there are very few who have summited Mt. Everest or any other great mountain for that matter. The reason for this is simple. It takes great discipline over time and under great pressure to achieve anything that is truly worthwhile. The same holds true for walking the Moo Do path. Doing the right thing and acting honorably at all times is not easy. It also takes great focus to harness and direct energy on a continual basis to self-development and self-improvement. Very few are up to the challenge.
It also takes great courage to stand up for what one strongly believes in. Even harder is to not judge others in a world that celebrates it. To holdfast and practice self-responsibility, perseverance, and humility is scarce indeed. Even more scarce is acting in a way that puts others first by serving the greater good even when it is easier to do the exact opposite. To be a total life warrior or total practitioner one must live the art. This requires being congruent by walking your talk.
The good news is if you truly walk the path (and walk your talk), it changes your life for the better in every area. It improves your:
- Personal Power
- Martial Arts Ability
- Quality of Your Relationships
- Peace of Mind
- Ability to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to go
- Ability to Live The Way You Want
- Overall Health
The key is start now. Remember, there is no time like the present and since life is a present to begin with now is the time to act! As John Boykin said, “Time is life – nothing more, nothing less. The way you spend your hours and days is the way you spend your life.” So how do I become a total practitioner you may ask?
It’s all about Clarity, Commitment, Action & Congruency!