Be the Person Who Loves to Run

Be a hard worker, seek challenge, love struggle, and celebrate the journey. Be the someone who chooses the 1200 page book because it will last longer. If you’re thinking about the finish line in mile 1 of a marathon, the next 25 miles are going to be very hard going. Be the person who just …

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The Hard Worker’s Trap

I can be an impatient person. When I start something often I’m eager to see it finished. Sometimes when I go to a  concert I’m already excited about having the event as a memory. When I encounter an emergency I want to divert all my attention to it right away and get it solved as …

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Taking on a Ridiculous Challenge May be Easier Than a Small One

Sometimes a lot of failure can be easier to deal with than a little. Failing at something that you feel you ‘should’ be able to do can have some sting to it. Failing at something that is downright ‘impossible’ to do is expected and can thus seem less risky from a psychological or social perspective. …

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Did I challenge myself? Celebrating effort over success.

I watched a line of students finish a perfect series of parry drills in class tonight.  On one hand I might congratulate myself on having done so well with my students yet the real question to ask is “Are my students challenging themselves enough?” Perfection is the enemy of a healthy training mindset. Not simply …

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Be Straight Forward in Speaking

I am a good speaker. I’d say my command of the English language is formidable. I love the subtleties that can be communicated and the fullness a message can have when well described. However being partnered with someone who does not have English as a first language has shown me how important direct and plain …

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Haters

If you don’t want haters, don’t do anything. The more you seek to do and the more powerfully you succeed in doing it, the more you will challenge others and not everyone likes a challenge. If you want everyone to like you, make sure not to express your views too loudly. Don’t rock the boat. …

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Building Strength Instead of Armour

In my quest to act with truly deep integrity one of the challenges and realizations I struggle with is the recognition that integrity does not always feel good. It’s downright uncomfortable and even terrifying to reveal myself, even to those I trust. What’s easier and more comfortable is to armour up. Building armour feels strong …

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Don’t Talk About It, Do It

If you’re meeting with someone about a new video project, set the date to start shooting right then. Have a great idea for a new product? Instead of talking about it, prototype it. Want to make a change in your life, take the first step now. 5 minutes of movement is often worth more than …

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