5 Quotes, 5 Ways to Make Today Great, Important Life Lessons and the Power of Habit

This week:


5 Quotes from Major Philosophers Guaranteed to Make You Think

“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not.

It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.”

Centuries old wisdom still speaks to us today … if we listen…




How you see the world determines the world you see.
That’s why it’s especially important to start each day with a positive perspective.
Remember… positivity is like a muscle, the more we exercise it the stronger it gets.

Today let’s:

1) Attack Today with Enthusiasm – If you want an exciting life, get excited about life. Many of us wake up and just go through the motions. Our lives become routine. It doesn’t have to be like that. Remember your WHY today. We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.

2) Stay Positive – Instead of focusing on your problems, focus on your purpose. Instead of seeing yourself as a victim, see yourself as a hero. Heroes and victims both get knocked down but heroes get back up, and armed with optimism and a greater purpose they create a positive future.

3) Be Thankful – When you are grateful for the things in your life, big and small, you always seem to find more things to be grateful about.

4) Replace “Have to” with “Get To” – Live life as a gift, not an obligation. We GET TO, we don’t HAVE TO. This simple shift can have a dramatic impact.

5) Be a Blessing to Others – We are blessed to be a blessing. This doesn’t have anything to do with material things (although it can). It’s about loving, serving and caring. It’s about choosing to make a difference in the lives of others each and every day.


Valedictorian Shares Important Life Lesson:
In this valedictorian speech, Kyle Martin gets struck by the wisdom of the 16th second.


Habit of Giving your Best Effort…Reaching for Your Full Capacity!    

This week’s focus is the Habit of Giving your Best Effort and Reaching for Your Full Potential.

Whether we are talking about martial arts classes, study habits or work…you will always succeed at a higher level if you develop the habit of giving your best effort and treating others as you yourself would like to be treated.

Nobody achieves greatness by being lazy or giving a half-hearted effort. Equally, nobody ever succeeds with a negative attitude toward others.

If you study the training of champions in any sport, you will see them putting in hours of dedicated practice and giving their best effort daily.

When you give your best effort and consistently push to exceed your previous best, you will get better and you will improve.

Never allow Minimums to become your Maximums & Always Maintain High Character!

 In the martial arts, we live The Martial Way. We call this “Living the Art”.

“Warriors are special people. Since they understand the concept of honor, they set their ethical standards above most of the rest of society.”   Forrest E. Morgan, Maj USAF                                                                                                      

When you push yourself to your current maximum, and then strive for 10% improvement or better, you will constantly raise the bar on your personal best.

The difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary is one word…”extra”!

You will take yourself to new levels of excellence if you will decide in advance to give extra effort and especially extra service.  This is especially true if you maintain a high level of character in the process.

“A man of character will make himself worthy of any position given.” Mahatma Gandhi

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you get in the habit of giving a minimal effort and accept less than your best, this can also become habit.

If you’re not careful, before you know it, your minimum will become your maximum. Ultimately, your life will become ordinary or even less. To some this is normal, to peak performers, warriors, and champions this a place they avoid like the plague.

Look at everything you do, on and off the mat, think about how you can give your best effort and do it better. What could you do different today to take it to a whole new level?

In the training hall (Dojo or Dojang)…what can you do to pick up the pace to improve your skills and conditioning? At work or school, what could you do to exceed expected and provide extra-ordinary service? What could you do in your relationships to make a profound and positive impact on those around you? What could you do at your school to ensure to ensure students are fully plugged in!

At work…can you arrive a little earlier, stay later, improve your effort and increase your overall contribution?

Habits we Train…are Habits we Gain!

With Gratitude Always!!!



Thanks this week go to Larry H, Marlaine C, JSJ, and men and women of character everywhere!
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“A man of character will make himself worthy of any position given.” Mahatma Gandhi

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