“The great threat to success is not failure, it’s boredom.”
- James Clear
Throughout my over four decades as a martial arts instructor, I have had the honor of teach literally thousands of students. During this time, approximately 1,500 students have earned their Black Belts.
Of those students, I can think of only two students who when I first saw them, I knew they had everything it took to become a Black Belt and eventually did – only two.
Many others had naturally physical, mental and emotional...
“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...
“It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh
I am writing this blog for myself. My logic in sharing this publicly with you, is I actually might listen to my own coaching (as well as help some others along the way).
Like all of us, I have been blessed with specific talents that have served me quite well. However, I also have some very specific “areas of opportunity” that I could address to make myself...
Commit yourself to life-long learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”
- Brian Tracy
As I am writing this, I am reminded of a conference of entrepreneurial business leaders I attended in Dallas, several years ago. I was honored to be a keynote speaker at the event as well as share my corporate board breaking experience with those looking to “breakthrough” their fears and limiting beliefs and create the life and businesses they desire.
I have attended several business events like this during time as a professional martial arts...
“I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”
- Jim Carrey
Visualization combined with inspired action can be one of the most powerful tools in a leader’s toolbox for success.
When you look at elite-level athletes, you will notice that the difference between them in athletic talent is oftentimes so minuscule it is almost non-existent. It is the person who creates the trifecta of combining the power of their body, mind and spirit that...
“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.”
- John Grisham
As human beings, I believe one of the most amazing...
“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”
- John Wooden, coaching legend
Legendary basketball coach, John Wooden is famously quoted for saying – “Make each day your masterpiece.”
Coach Wooden retired in 1975 as the winning-est coach in college basketball history, leading his UCLA Bruins clubs to an unprecedented ten NCAA college basketball national championships.
Although his official title was “coach”, Wooden referred to himself as a “teacher”, not only of basketball, but of life.
“(A) process orientation (versus outcome orientation) . . . asks ‘How do I do it?’ instead of ‘Can I do it?’ and this directs attention toward defining the steps that are necessary on the way. This orientation can be characterized in terms of the guiding principle that there are no failures, only ineffective solutions.”
- Ellen Langer, Mindfulness
Think of the last time you faced a major challenge in your life.
You may be at that place right now as you read this.
How many times are we caught up in the mind game of whether we can successfully tackle a challenging situation?
Our minds can go in all types of...
“The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?”
- Oprah Winfrey
I continue to be amazed how simple shifts in consciousness can have such a profound impact on our lives. Despite the label we put on our current conditions or the fear of what is up ahead, our worry and displeasure can simply evaporate when we choose to change our perspective and the see the positives of a given situation.
Several years ago, I found myself in a position I never dreamed I would encounter – divorced and playing the role of a single dad.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
- Mahatma Gandhi
In January of 2018, while conducting my Discover Your Breakthrough You board breaking experience workshop here in Denver, I had the honor of meeting an American treasure, the Reverend Harold Middlebrook of Memphis, TN.
Rev. Middlebrook was a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the organizers of the March on Washington in 1963 where Dr. King delivered his I Have a Dream speech, organized voter registration in Selma, AL following the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and was with Dr. King when he was...
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