Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Master’s Circle

 The master’s circle is studying, practicing and teaching. Then repeating this concept in a constant and continuous improved way.  As always it is your choice to enter the master’s circle. 

Mastery is not a peak to be reached, but a plateau to be walked.

    The true master’s do not sit on their laurels waiting for others to pay homage but continue to study, practice and teach.

    So then excellent instructors should practice the master’s circle and be the example to the students. As well, the state of “jun bi” (which means ready!) is their trademark. Sharp pressed uniforms are just the outward standard they are sharp on the inside. Patience, trust and loyalty to their seniors and students and the attitude of constant and never ending improvement reveal these individuals.

    This brings us to excellent students, who must know and enter the master’s circle. You might say if you are a new student, sure I can study and practice but teach? Well unless it’s your very first day at the dojang there will be a newer student then you that will arrive. It is all students job to make the newer student feel welcome and part of the TKD family. The excellent student is ready, mindful, (of themselves and others) and loyal to the master and their academy.

    Where does personal power come from? It comes the very moment that we make a decision with our God given free will. Life is to important to leave to chance Decide now to be the best that you can be. Right this very moment you can switch (if you haven’t already) from passivity to enter the master’s circle.
    We have to see ourselves as masters, instructors and students in our own fields of career, school, reltionships.  Study - Practice - Teach, we are not in competition with eachother we are in creation with eachother to create the community we want to live in.
Master Dan Zaleski

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jump Start your Inspiration

We all have something in you lives that we want to change.  People will often say "I am not motivated".  The reality is they are motivated, just motivated to not take action.  They need to become inspired to make the changes that they want.  Here are som tips;

Be Honest with Yourself

                Have you ever felt unhappy with your life?  You know you must make a change, but what.  Are you the type of person who can take an honest look at yourself and realize you are not reaching your full potential?  Can you honestly look at the options you have to change your life and change it?  If you can, then you know you are going to go and start making lasting changes today.

                Anthony Robbins say you have to change your “should” to a “Must” Not you should make that change, but you MUST make this change for the betterment of your health, family, business.  You need to identify what inspires you to make the changes.  For some it is fear of what will happen if they don’t.  That may prompted the change but it may not last, because once you conquer that fear, the motivation is often gone.  However if you focus on the positive side of the same equation, and look at what you will gain if you make the changes in your life that is often a longer lasting inspiration.  It can always be adjusted and improved and therefore will continue to inspire you.

What are you willing to sacrifice?

                Often times if you are making a major change there is always something that you will have to give-up.  If you focus on giving something up (Negative thoughts) instead of focusing on replacing it with something else, you chances of being successful are decreased.  I have to give up watching TV, there is a pain involved with giving anything up.  Even if we know it is not good for us.  Smoking, drinking, and drugs a few examples of just that.  However if I focus on I GET to go for a walk, spend time with friends, build myself stronger and stronger everyday then the sacrifice is non-existent.   When you focus on the positive side of life, you will be amazed an inspired to continue to take action and move towards where you want to be.

  Start with Visualization

                We often use the term “I will believe when I see it.”  However, what if we turned that around and we said “I believe it so I will see it.”  We see the end result in our mind.  We see ourselves crossing the finish line, we see ourselves being successful in business, or we see ourselves receiving our Black belt.  When you are focused on the end result you are looking for, and you hold the vision in your mind of that fitter, healthier, more energized you it is amazing what you can do.  It gets you through the Land Between, which is always filled with hard work, tough choices, and sometimes disappointment.  However when you use visualization on a daily basis, and you see it, and you believe that it will happen, you can make it through those tough times.  Your larger goals will be splintered into smaller more manageable goals, and everyday inch by inch, you will get closer and closer to realizing your vision.  When you see progress, and we surpass milestones, your inspiration will continue to grow.

 Stay Connected

                Have you ever tried to doing thing with no help from others?  It is not impossible, but it is much more fun and enjoyable to share it with others.  As well, if you are surrounded with positive friends, people who want you to succeed, they will encourage and inspire you to heights you never thought possible. 

                There was a martial arts instructor in a small town.  He noticed that one of his students had been missing for the past few weeks.  The instructor called the man and the agreed to get together for tea.  Being that it was cold out, the man had a fire burning in his fire place while him and the Instructor sat and talked.  Finally the Instructor asked him “Where have you been? We are missing you in class.”  The man said “I don’t need to go, I am practicing at home and I don’t people around me to inspire me.  I can do it on my own.”  The Instructor used a set of tongs and pulled a burning hot ember out of the fire and laid it on the hearth.  The two men continued their conversation, but the man got distracted and noticed that the ember changed from burning red, to a dull grey. 

                We too need to share our energy and inspiration with others.  Like the burning ember, it only held the energy to burn when it was with other embers.

                 It should never be one sided always taking or always giving.  It is a continuous circle of sharing, when one person gets down their friends will be there to pump them back up.  If things are very good, both parties get that opportunity.  As a martial arts instructor myself, I take great pleasure in being of service to my students and their families whenever I can.  However it is a double sided sword.  There are days when I need them also.

                As a Black belt you understand that many hands make light work.  And many people create a lot of energy, to stay inspired to reach your ultimate potential.

 Reward your efforts.

                When you are writing your goals, you need to always pencil in a celebration, there needs to be a reward for you.  If you are training hard to burn body fat and you reach a goal, celebrate with friends.  If you got the contract you having been working weeks or months for, celebrate with friends.  With the Black Belt attitude there is no mountain too high for you to climb as long as you take it one step at a time and realize you do not climb the high mountain alone.

Respectfully,  Chris Rowe,
Chief Instructor Quest Martial Arts