Surviving and Thriving: Tips from experts

  “Thrival Guide: 2012” four ideas to help you stay on course              Many businesses experienced a 30% drop in revenue in 2008.  How do you survive that?  What do you do when your gross income drops from $500,000 to $300,000 in just twelve months?  If your revenue has dropped and your expenses remain roughly […]

Deal With The Elephant (part 4)

DEAL WITH THE ELEPHANT or IGNORE IT?  (part 4)   IGNORE THE ELEPHANT — LOSE CREDIBILITY There’s this thing called “credibility,” and it means simply, “believable.”       The word comes from the Latin, “credo,” which means, “I believe.”   And I fear that all too few instructors realize that the value of their program is directly proportional […]

Here Comes the Elephant: Part 3

“Number three front kick and reverse punch.  Just watch Madison our JTI leader.  See….step together….kick……land….reach…..punch.   You always kick with the front leg.   OK, let’s all do it now, by the count.”  And so you begin leading twelve basic students, mostly white belts ages 7-12, down the floor.   It’s going OK, but several are challenged with […]

An Elephant in the Classroom: Part 1

  When someone says, “Gee, there’s an elephant in the room.”  He is referring to a common situation in which something has been said or done and yet no one who obviously has heard or witnessed the event says anything about it.    Everyone in the room simply ignores what is so obvious or they all […]

An Amazing Story of Life Skills in the Midst of Heartbreak

“Men are respectable only as they respect.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson All of our life skills, like discipline, honor, integrity, courtesy and respect, form the bedrock of traditional martial arts.  These values set us apart from any other sport or activity and define what it means to be a martial artist. We teach these life […]


“Stress is an ignorant state.  It believes that everything is an emergency”.  Natalie Goldberg–Wild Mind As martial artists, we do everything we can to prepare for outside threats such as bullies, criminals and other people who would do us harm.  But here’s the irony: We have an equal chance of being harmed by a “hidden” […]

Become an Unstoppable Achievement Machine! July 2010

“The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business–or almost anywhere else for that matter.” — Lee Iacocca This month I want to pass along two  powerful strategies to help you reach your goals.  The first is called the S.M.A.R.T. approach to goal-setting.  S.M.A.R.T. stands […]

Personal Victory

“Embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing” – Kahlil Gilbran As this year comes to a close (can you believe we’re almost in 2010?), I feel it’s important to look back and reflect on what we all accomplished this year.  You see, part of growing as a martial artist is patting yourself […]

Download your Lenten Study Guide Here ================================================================================== Denial for today: “I fast from fear.” Affirmation for today: “I feast on courage.”     I agree that this is a hard one, so let’s take it slowly.   It seems that I am asking you to just let go of your fear, your uneasiness, your worry.  And you […]


DOWNLOADABLE STUDY GUIDE HERE   ********************************** What if you “liked” everything about your life? Sorry, I realize that’s too much to ask.  Let me rephrase it. What if you “accepted” everything about your life? Let’s go back a little further in this thought process.  You do understand that thoughts are things and they take up […]


A new Lent for you Every year in late February or early March, the Lenten season begins.  It is, or can be, a marvelous experience in self-improvement.  In a way, Lent is coincidental with spring, the season of new growth in nature.  The trees and flowers are not content with the blooms of last year.  […]


An introduction to Lent Lent is about personal growth. Welcome to a great experience in personal transformation.  That’s right!  Lent is a time for introspection; a time to look inward, to re-evaluate our patterns of thought, and emerge more capable of spreading love and light throughout the world.   Like the caterpiller becomes the butterfly, you […]


THE ADVENT SEASON: Week 4 – Joy a metaphysical interpretation of Christmas Faith, Peace, Love, Joy   Joy is your natural state   The important thing to remember about JOY is that it is your natural state. JOY is not something that we experience in response to some circumstance. Joy is the natural outpouring of […]


THE ADVENT SEASON #3 a metaphysical interpretation of Christmas Faith, Peace, Love, Joy LOVE – WEEK 3: PART 1 Be love in the world Nothing sums up the meaning of love better than this comment that’s floating around Facebook: As the world fights to figure this all out, I’ll be holding doors for strangers, letting […]


THE ADVENT SEASON: Part 2: PEACE a metaphysical interpretation of Christmas Faith, Peace, Love, Joy   ORDER BOOKLET Order your downloadable version of the 2023 Christmas Booklet, “The Sweetest Christmas” at this link. PEACE – WEEK 2 – PART 1   “Peace is a choice.  regardless of the circumstances I am going through, it is up […]


THE ADVENT SEASON: a metaphysical interpretation of Christmas Faith, Peace, Love, Joy ORDER BOOKLET Order your downloadable version of the 2023 Christmas Booklet, “The Sweetest Christmas” at this link.        FAITH:  WEEK 1 – Part 1    ADVENT: the season of “coming.” Many Christian traditions recognize the four weeks prior to Christmas as […]


Advent Season The Meaning of Christmas An Introduction Did you know there are 14 religious holidays during December? With deep respect and love, I acknowledge all these great spiritual traditions. But as Mark Twain said, “Write about what you know about.” And so over the next four weeks I will be talking about Christmas. It […]


As the date September 11 approaches every year, we are gain reminded, “Never Forget.” Well, I am not sure exactly what I am supposed to “never forget.”


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