Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Achieving Success

I wanted to discuss a little bit about my views on success.  I have talked about the importance of goal setting in my classes, where I challenge of all my students to set attainable goals.  I truly believe that we can do anything we want to in life, but the way to get there is to set a goal and strive for it.  This is a concept that I picked up from fitness expert, Chalene Johnson.  She is constantly talking about setting goals and breaking through those goals to reach the next set.

The first step is to identify the long term and short term goals.  Yes, the idea of long and short term is relative, but I define short term as something that can be done in a reasonable amount of time.  Many of my students list obtaining their Black Belt as a long term goal, and getting to the next rank as a short term goal.  Daily goals are important as well, as they will be the precursor to reaching that short term goal.

One of the easiest and best ways (in my mind) to reach those daily goals is to create a daily to-do list.  Check the list frequently and tick off the items as they are accomplished.  For example:

To obtain a Yellow Belt, the student must have all of the basic stances, punches, kicks and so on, as well as required combinations, jiu jitsus, and color kempos.  A daily goal to obtain this might be to practice each of those things for a certain amount of time.  So we start off practicing our horse stance, which actually can be combined with several other things to practice, for ten minutes in the morning.  After ten minutes, we check off "Horse Stance" along with anything else we practiced, and then we move on to the next item, and so on until our list is done.

This is a very simplistic and obvious example, however it is easy to see how quickly we can achieve our goals by using this simple method.

In the end, the only barrier that really stands in the way of our attainable goals is ourselves.  This leads us back to the ability to accomplish anything we set our mind to doing.  I leave with two thoughts:

1) A wise man (ok, my father-in-law) once said: T+A=S, or Thought + Action = Success.  You can have an idea, but unless you follow through with the action part, then just thinking about it is not going to get it done.
2) EAR, or Expectations + Accountability = Results.  Set your expectations for yourself high, and hold yourself accountable for reaching the goals that you set.  The results are the reward for your hard work.
Happy Birthday America!
Be sure to take some time to wish the USA a happy birthday, and think about what independence day is really all about.

Friday, June 22, 2012


When I first had the idea to purchase my dojo, I was thinking that Ijust wanted to keep every thing the same so that the current students would not experience too much change.  I had fears that someone new would come in and change the style of martial art we were learning, they would change teh way the studio was run or that the studio would just close all together leaving us to fend for ourselves with regard to further training.

I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into at the time, and to be honest, 7 months  later I am still not sure.  But I can say that my perspective on this whole karate business has totally changed.
What I found was that I enjoyed coming to the dojo every day to teach.  No matter what kind of day I had at my regular job, I am always able to leave it at the door, especially on days that I have classes to teach. It seems that I have truly found something that I like doing. The feeling that I get from being able to pass on useful knowledge to each of my students, from helping them to learn something, is quite simply, great.  And when they get that look in their eye indicating that they "get" what I am teaching them, it is even better.

So, after the first 7 months or so, I look back and say that purchasing Soaring Crane Studio was one of the best ideas I have ever had.

That means I owe a huge "THANK YOU!" to each and every one of my students for helping me make this a truly enjoyable decision!