“It is solved by walking.”
- St. Augustine
In May 2014, I undertook one of the most amazing experiences in my life as I walked the Camino de Santiago.
The Camino or The Way as it is known, is a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. My trek began in the town of St. Jean-Pied du Port in western France, ascended into the Pyrenees Mountains and then descended into Spain where I would spend the next month trekking 17-18 miles per day across the beautiful Spanish countryside to my ultimate destination, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Legend has it that the Camino began in the 9th Century as a way for early Christians to pay penance for their misdeeds...
“People aren’t grateful because they are happy, they are happy because they are grateful.”
This coming Thursday, we will be joining our family and friends around the table to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.
In addition to indulging in an array of traditional foods like turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, we will also pause to reflect on the many blessings in our lives and share our appreciation for family, friends and the many wonderful things our life provides us.
While taking a day to remember and express our gratitude is...
"Don't ever doubt that one small single event can trigger an unstoppable chain of events that gain momentum with increasing force, and nothing is ever the same."
One of the vivid memories I have of my Grandma Natzke, as I was growing up, was her joy of playing the game dominoes. During the course of my childhood, she attempted to teach me several times how to play. Although I never acquired her love of the game (nor do I think I remember how to play it), each time I see someone play or speak about dominoes, I get a warm memory of my grandmother.
Several years ago, I was introduced to a...
“The moment you take Responsibility for everything in your life, is the moment you can change Anything in your life.”
- Hal Elrod
As a speaker, I am honored each year to share my Mind of a Champion message with wide variety of audiences. Groups range from elementary school children all the way to corporate leaders.
While it does take a diverse set of skills and strategies to be able to communicate with, and hold the attention of audiences of such a wide range, I believe that we are “all big kids anyway” and as a result the...
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
- Art Turock
Several years ago, I was in a conference and heard a speaker make a cute little statement regarding the concept of commitment. It went like this...
“I had bacon and eggs this morning for the breakfast, the chicken was involved, but the pig was COMMITTED."
That statement, as trite as it might be, has always stuck with me. How committed am I...
“Action cures fear. Indecision, postponement, on the other hand, fuels fear.
- David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.
We certainly live in uncertain and challenging times.
In times of challenge, it is understandable for us to be in fear. It is a natural reaction.
While unpleasant, one could argue that sometimes fear can be a good thing. Being aware of potential danger and having concern for our personal safety can keep us out harm’s way. It can also provide us with a surge of power to overcome an immediate threat that confronts us.
As an instructor in adrenal self-defense...
“Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.”
- Michael Jordan
Decisions, decisions, decisions…….. Scientists estimate that we make approximately 35,000 different decisions each day. These range from what we will eat for breakfast and what clothes we will wear to life-altering choices in our businesses, relationships and our health and well-being.
I know I can oftentimes find myself in “analysis paralysis” as I weigh in my mind what is the best decision to make in a situation.
However, I have also found that once I make that decision based on the best information and...
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
- Frank A. Clark
OBSTACLES are an inevitable part of the human experience. They come in many forms; manifesting as health issues, financial struggles, relationship difficulties and overall roadblocks on our path to achieving our goals and desires.
Interestingly, much of our progress in today’s world is derived from our quest to deal with obstacles and overcome them in the easiest and most efficient ways possible.
Look only as far as our modern-day technologies from the automobile and airplanes in travel to laptop computers and today’s smartphones...
“Master the basics. Then practice them everyday without fail. Small disciplines repeated with consistency everyday lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.”
- John C. Maxwell
Last week I shared the concept of how in martial arts, a Black Belt is nothing more than a “Master of the Basics”.
When we bring the principle of “practicing the basics” into our everyday lives, we can find that it serves us greatly in creating mastery and success in everything we do.
I discussed in detail how the practice of my first three of six basic...
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”
- Jim Rohn
I believe consistently and diligently practicing the basics is the key to success and mastery in any endeavor.
In the Martial Arts, instructors consistently share with their students the following......
From early in my martial arts career, I have a vivid memory of my first martial arts instructor talking about the importance of practicing the basics. He equated the basics as the...
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