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Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 (and have a little laugh along the way)

Nov 27, 2020

"Fall down seven times, get up eight (and have a laugh along the way)" 

                                                 - Ancient Japanese proverb (with an addition by me)

 

I was recently reminded of a story I wrote about in my book, Black Belt Leadership several years ago.  

 

This story was initially intended to share a memorable personal story about parenthood.  However, after some reflection, I believe it can also serve us all as we explore our personal path of life-leadership and our in our quest to effectively, compassionately and courageously lead others.  

 

When I first moved to Colorado several years ago, I decided to take up skiing for the first time.  Being an athlete and growing up in the Midwest, I had avoided skiing because of the potential of injury and lack...

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Are You Taking Things FOR Granted, or AS Granted?

Nov 21, 2020

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.  The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

                                                                                           -  Zig Ziglar

 

Thanksgiving 2020 will soon be upon us. 

 

It is certainly an understatement to say that 2020 has been an unusual, and in many cases, a very challenging year.

 

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading at a rapid rate across our country, it is causing many of us to celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving in a limited and very different way from how we have done in the past.

 

For me, this the first year that I can remember that I won’t...

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Who are you REALLY in competition with?

Nov 15, 2020

“The biggest competition is myself. I am not looking to follow others or pull them down. I'm planning to test my own boundaries.”

                                                                   Rain, South Korean singer, songwriter

 

About 4 years into the owning of my martial arts studio, I experienced, what I felt at the time was a true business crisis. 

 

One evening, a friend and fellow martial arts instructor called me to tell me had a received a promotional fax (yes, this story happened a while ago) announcing the opening of a competitive martial arts school just a mile east of my school’s location. 

 

Not only was this a competitive school, but it was part of the largest, most successful martial arts school chain not only in Denver, but in the entire country.

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Leadership is a Big Door That Swings on the Small Hinge of Character (Part 2)

Nov 08, 2020

“Leadership ………. is like a big door that swings.  But that big door of leadership swings on the small hinge of character.”

                                                                           - Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.)

 

Last week I shared with you part one of a two-part mini-series on leadership and the outstanding quote above by Admiral James Stavidis (Ret.)

 

In part one, we discussed the first 5 of nine attributes on character in leadership that I created as the acronym C.H.A.R.A.C.T.E.R.  These were:

 

CCommitment to Serve, HHonor Your Word, AAttainment = Accomplishment + Becoming, RRise to the Occasion and A#2Admit and Own Your Mistakes and Move to Correct Them

 

This...

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Leadership is a Big Door That Swings on the Small Hinge of Character (Part 1)

Oct 30, 2020

“Leadership ………. is like a big door that swings.  But that big door of leadership swings on the small hinge of character.”

                                                                                 - Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.)

 

Last year at this time, I was listening to an interview with Retired Admiral James Stavridis, who was out promoting his new book on leadership, Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character.   

 

I have to admit, I was half-listening to the interview while I was working out, when the admiral said something and made me immediately stop and go running for a pen and paper to write it down when he shared,

 

“Leadership is how we influence others.  It is like...

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Are You a Worrier or a Warrior?

Oct 22, 2020

"I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened."

                                                                                                - Mark Twain

 

In his landmark book, The Worry Cure, Dr. Robert Leahy, after studying scores of subjects, determined 97% of the things we worry about either never happen or when they do, they are not as bad as we anticipated. 

 

Imagine how you would live your life if you knew this to be true.

 

Despite this fact, many of us still can be consumed by worry, preventing us from being in our most optimum state and/or taking the action necessary to live the empowered and prosperous lives we desire and deserve.  When we...

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The "3 C's" to Creating Breakthroughs in Your Life (Part 3)

Oct 16, 2020

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

                                                                            - Carl Gustav Jung

 

Welcome to the final installment of our three-part series entitled, “The 3 C’s of Creating Breakthroughs.”

 

In our first segment, I discussed “C number one” which is to Clarify Your Vision

 

Last week I discussed the “Second C” of Creating Your Plan, which comprised of the following four elements. 

  • Begin with the end in mind – then break it down
  • Identifying who can hold you capable in breaking through
  • What obstacles to you need to plan for? And…
  • What celebration will you take part in when you achieve breakthrough?

 

If you would like to take a...

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The "3 C's" to Creating Breakthroughs in Your Life (Part 2)

Oct 10, 2020

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

                                                          - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

Welcome to part two of our three-part series entitled, “The 3 C’s of Creating Breakthroughs.”

 

In our first installment, I discussed “C number one” which is to Clarify Your Vision.  This was comprised of asking yourself and answering the following three questions…

  • What do you REALLY want?
  • What is your BIG WHY? And…..
  • Who do you need to BE to create your breakthrough?

 

If you would like to take a deeper dive into these and other principles to achieving breakthroughs, download my free report

 

The Top Ten Big Ideas to Creating Breakthroughs

 

 

In part two of this series, we will explore the...

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The "3 C's" to Creating Breakthroughs in Your Life (Part 1)

Oct 01, 2020

“Breaking through your self-imposed barriers (and they are self-imposed) is the greatest challenge you will ever face.  Face them you must.”

                                                                                      - Mary-Frances Winters

 

In my over four decades as a martial arts instructor, and now in my work as a speaker, life-coach and workshop facilitator, I have been honored to guide a multitude of students, clients and audience members through the journey of breaking through obstacles in their life.

 

These areas of breakthrough can appear in many forms, such as; the desire to release body weight, improving one’s physical health, healing relationships, overcoming financial difficulties or creating the business or career...

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Are You Prepared to "Tuck & Roll"?

Sep 24, 2020

"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity" 

                                                                          - Seneca

It is the fall of 1980; my high school football team is preparing to take on one of our arch-rivals.  Both teams are 6-0 and whoever wins the game is in the driver's seat for the conference championship - and we've got them at our home stadium.  

 

 

It's minutes before kickoff and my teammates and I are high up above the playing field in an area of the stadium called the team room

 

 

It is a small, dark and cramped room where all 45 of my teammates and I are quietly making our final mental preparations for the big game. 

 

 

It is so quiet you can hear a pin drop as players are either silently sitting...

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