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Domino Chain Reaction

Nov 07, 2023

"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."

                                                                                                 - [email protected]


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...

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The 3 Abilities for Breaking Through

Oct 28, 2023

“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?

Oct 21, 2023

“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 14, 2023

“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 06, 2023

“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)

Sep 30, 2023

“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) - 3.0

Sep 25, 2023

“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) - 3.0

Sep 17, 2023

“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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50 Years and Still Kickin'

Sep 12, 2023

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

                                                                                                                                                                      Albert Schweitzer


On September 13, 1973, I took my first class in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do.


I clearly remember this day as it was my brother Danny’s 5th birthday, and I had a begged my mom to let me miss...

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The 1% Solution to Getting Out of Comfort Zones

Sep 05, 2023

"Gritty people train at the edge of their comfort zone. They zero in on one narrow aspect of their performance and set a stretch goal to improve it." 

                                                                                      - Angela Duckworth


Comfort Zones.  How many times have you heard you need to get out of your comfort zone(s) to achieve the results you desire? 


Authors, coaches and teachers have told us for decades that in order to really realize our dreams, we need to go beyond our comfort zones.


I totally agree. 


In fact, when I think of my own life and when I experienced my greatest results and feelings of satisfaction, it was always preceded with moving out of one of my comfort...

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