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How to Move from "Good Enough" to Excellence in 3 Easy Steps

Nov 27, 2021

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it’s a prevailing attitude.”

                                                                                            - General Colin Powell


Each martial arts class I teach ends with the same question posed to my students, “What’s our goal?”


With enthusiasm they respond in unison, “Black Belt Excellence, sir!”


In the martial arts, the concept of excellence is a reminder that our intention is to always do our best and to show up as the highest expression of ourselves in attitude, focus and action in everything we do.  We know when we do this, more...

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Gratitude is Not Just a Feeling, It's a Practice

Nov 21, 2021

“People aren’t grateful because they are happy, they are happy because they are grateful.”

                                                                                                            - Anonymous


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...

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The 3 Abilities for Breaking Through

Nov 15, 2021

“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...

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Are You Interested, or Are You Committed?

Nov 08, 2021

“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...

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4 Strategies to Break Through Fear

Oct 25, 2021

“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...

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4 Keys to Making Breakthrough Decisions

Oct 18, 2021

“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...

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The 3 Mistakes Made When Dealing with Obstacles (and how to avoid them)

Oct 12, 2021

“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...

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Are You Practicing Your Basics? (Part 2) - 2.0

Oct 05, 2021

“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...

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Are You Practicing Your Basics? (Part 1) - 2.0

Sep 28, 2021

“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......


Black Belt is nothing more than being a 

master of the basics.



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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Reframing Challenges as Blessings

Sep 20, 2021

“Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

                                                                                                   - Dr. Seuss


I am writing this blog in the Las Vegas airport, awaiting my connecting flight back to Denver as I am coming home from my 40th High School Class Reunion in Wisconsin (just to be clear, I was only 2 years old when I graduated).


It was an amazing time, reconnecting with so many friends, many of whom I have known since 1st grade, reminiscing about memories of old and laughing about the times we shared together. 


While physical appearances had changed, many miles were between us and years had separated us for sometimes...

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