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Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Goals

Jul 27, 2021

“Stemming from the Latin for "inward," intrinsic goals relate to "goods of the soul," like personal growth, close relationships, and physical health. Stemming from the Latin for "outward," extrinsic goals relate to "worldly goals," like money, status, or fame.

                                                                                         - Harvard Business Insider


In in their book, From Me to We, brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger create a powerful distinction between Extrinsic versus Intrinsic Goals.


Specifically, Extrinsic Goals are those we strive to achieve outside ourselves like career status, financial achievements, and personal possessions.  


Intrinsic Goals are those we create...

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How are you BEing?

Jul 18, 2021

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

                                                                              - Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning


Several years ago, while attending a month-long leadership training, the facilitator of the program made a statement that would prove to be life-changing for me. 


He began one of our first sessions together by saying,


"Most of you in this room are living your lives backwards.”


I thought that was an interesting statement, so I took out my pen to take some copious notes.  He then when onto say, "Most of you are living your lives...

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Bazooka Joe Wisdom

Jul 13, 2021

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

                                                                                      - Tony Robbins


When I was young, I loved bubble gum.  My mom taught me how to blow bubbles with my chewing gum, and I loved showing off my skill in producing the largest bubbles possible without allowing them to pop and caught in my face and hair.


My favorite bubble gum was the Bazooka Joe brand.  Its flat rectangular shape fit easily into my mouth, and within a matter of seconds, the sugary, pliable, pink substance popped joyfully into my mouth.  I also liked Bazooka Joe because of what was inside each wrapper – a comic strip.


One day, I...

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Are You Anxious, or are You Excited?

Jul 05, 2021

“The only real difference between anxiety and excitement was my willingness to let go of fear.”

                                                                                              - Barbara Brown Taylor


As a martial arts master instructor, I have had many opportunities in my career to assist my students in moving through their fears. 


Whether it was stepping onto the mat for their first class, testing for a new belt, breaking a board with an unfamiliar technique, or stepping into the sparring ring versus an opponent, the fear and anxiety felt can be palpable and cause one to freeze or give up before they ever try.


However, one thing I have noticed throughout the years, is those who chose to move...

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What You're Looking For, You'll Usually See

Jun 28, 2021

“What you focus on grows, what you think about expands, and what you dwell upon determines your destiny.”

                                                                                                       - Robin Sharma



Champions, whether it be in sports, business or in life, understand one very simple concept - what we focus on expands.  


Think about a vision you have for your life and/or your business.  When you focus on the things that empower you on your journey to achieving your dream, the things that excite you and feed your soul on your quest, you usually experience people or circumstances that support you on your path.


Conversely, when you just focus on the...

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The Story of the Two Monks

Jun 21, 2021

“Surrender to what is.  Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.”

                                                                                              - Sonia Ricotti


When we get honest with ourselves, most of the upset we experience in our lives is due not to what happens to us or what others have done to us, but to our perceptions, judgements, and stories we attach to these occurrences. 


While there are instances in life that can seem devastating at the time they occur, it is my experience that once we move through, accept, and process these experiences, they are often the catalyst for our most valuable life lessons of growth and expansion.


The two most devasting events of my life were...

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If You Make a Mistake, Make It FULL SPEED

Jun 13, 2021

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly; you're doing something.”

                                                                                           - Neil Gaiman


Every four months, I receive a new group of Black Belt Candidates from our martial arts organization to train in preparation for their upcoming Black Belt Testing with me. 


Since most of these candidates are my student’s students, this is the first time many of them have trained with me.  As you might...

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What Are You FOR vs. What Are You AGAINST?

May 25, 2021

“Dedicating your time to being AGAINST something is the same as dedicating your life to something you hate; you feed it with your energy.  Knowing what you are against, helps you decide what you are FOR.  From there, the best thing to do is to pour all of your focus and time and energy into what you are FOR instead.”

                                                                                                               - Teal Swan


In our society, we are so conditioned to focus on what we are against. 


Today, entire platforms, movements, philosophies and political agendas can be based on this “against-ness”. 


In our personal and...

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Vision Without Action is Merely a Dream

May 15, 2021

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”  

                                                                                           - Joel A. Barker


I believe we are all born with a vision for what we want in our lives inside of us. 


Just think back to when you were child and the numerous visions you had for what you wanted to be in when you “grew up”.  Your imagination was boundless.  I personally wanted to be a cartoonist, a doctor, an astronaut and a super-hero (Actually, when I was 5-years old, I WAS Batman).  


I believe these visions are set inside of us so that we have a path...

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4 Questions to Create Forward Focus

May 11, 2021

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

                                                                                  - Aristole Onasis


Each year, I am blessed to share my message of Black Belt Leadership and its Mind of a Champion principles with several groups across the country.


During many of these sessions, I discuss how the negative stories we create in our minds about our lives can dis-empower us and keep us from experiencing the happiness and success we desire. 


In contrast, I also share how Forward Focused thinking, can be used to overcome our perceived obstacles, and also re-frame our challenges as blessings in our lives when we really look at them with an open mind and heart.


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