Bridging The Gap Between What You Do and What you Love to Do

How many times do you have to drag yourself to work or school or somewhere that you do not want to go because you do not enjoy it? Even though they serve essential functions in your life, such as paying the bills, or getting an education, they are not very enjoyable because they do not tap into the inner you. Maybe they lack creativity, expression, or choice. In one way or another, they encroach upon the person you want to be, rather than highlighting the person you want to be. Hour upon hour seems to drag when you do not enjoy...

Are You Headed in the Right Direction?

Have you ever had a day when you questioned everything about yourself? Maybe you asked yourself some difficult questions, like “Am I headed in the right direction?” or “How do I know that I am doing what I am meant to do?” There are no easy answers. I think at some point we all face not just questions, but an emptiness inside where we have to dig deep to come up with our own truths. I would be lying if I said that I, a positive person, didn’t have a day here or there like this. Part of personal growth...

Only One Winner

I was at a martial art tournament recently. I was not competing, but had a vendor table to sell some of my books. My table was set up in a prime location where I could see all the events happening in the different rings. There were children and adults, beginners to advanced, all performing various skills and techniques, including kata, weapons and sparring. As a martial artist, I am always motivated by what I see at these events. They remind me that I need to work a little harder on my own skills. I can see how much effort and...

Three Powerful Tips for Living a Better Life

I think it is safe to say that we would all like to live the best life that we can. Whether it is health, fitness, finances, or happiness, everyone has a desire to live better in one way or another. Here are three simple life and mindset changes that you can put into action today, so you can become the best you, ever! Stop negative comparisons It is great to have a mentor or role model in mind as you go through each day. It is very encouraging to model yourself after someone who has the qualities that you admire,...

Change How You Think

You don’t need to change your whole personality in order to refine your thoughts. In fact, every bit of who you are should remain intact, even if you wish to convert your negative mindset to something more positive. Your personality is made up of so many different factors. Your emotional stance, mannerisms, eye color, voice, and fingerprint are uniquely yours. None of that needs to be altered. Consider your unique spirit and the fact that there is no one else like you on the entire planet. That is cause to celebrate, not to change! What you should consider altering is your...

What Does Success Mean to You?

What is success? Does it matter if others think you are successful, or is it defined within you? When you wake up in the morning and feel happy, is that success? If you are content with your profession, your relationships, or your finances, is that success? Motivator, Tony Robbins, said “To be great, you have to want greatness.” I love this quote because it is so true. If you think someone is going to make the effort for you, or hand you a platter of greatness from which you can graze, you are mistaken. Wanting it is the first step....

Taking the High Road is Worth It

Have you ever had a day when life feels like it is working against you, for whatever reason? Expectations are uprooted, emotions are volatile, and anger brews right below the surface. Whatever the problem, conflict, or difficulty, it weighs on you. You feel slighted and unappreciated. You want to shut down, keep it all inside, and push it away, and when you do that, anger and frustration begin to control who you are. You’re traveling down a path that is riddled with negative reactions. I’ve learned a lot about conflict recently, and why how you react is so important. Win...

10 Creative Ways to Improve Your Martial Art Mindset

I love martial arts, and even more than that, I love a positive mindset. While this article is directed toward a martial art mindset, all of these improvements can work in your life, too. Read along and pick out your favorite, or create a list of your own. The important thing is for you to take action. As you know, if you take action, you open up a world of opportunity. I made these options simple and even came up with the actions for you. All you need to do is implement! 1. Read! Read a book, a blog, a...

Mistakes Happen For a Reason

Have you ever felt like a mistake ended up being a good thing? I suppose that doesn’t happen very often.  Mistakes usually mean you’ve done something wrong, or something is not the way it should be.  It’s uncomfortable to make a mistake, especially once you realize you’ve made one.  You start to hope no one notices or judges you.  You wish there was a way to erase it.  But, there is no getting around a mistake once it happens. You would be foolish to think you will never make an error.  It’s human nature to have make a mistake every now and...

5 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Martial Art Practice

It’s not easy being a martial artist. Yes, I’m joking, of course! Being a martial artist is one of my favorite things. The question is, how can you roll into 2017 with a fresh perspective on your practice? How can you incorporate the excitement of a New Year into the martial artist within? I’m sure there are many answers to these questions, but if you want a little nudge in the right direction, maybe these 5 suggestions will give you the boost that you need to push your practice into the New Year with renewed energy. Be a student –...