Weekly Taekwondo Lesson

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will
delineate and define you.

 – Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd President of the United

By Webster’s Dictionary definition, a catalyst is something that
provokes significant action. That’s what I do — I provoke my
students to think and act differently in their lives for greater

After all, we have to do different to get different.

It is my intention that you find something thought-provoking enough
to do something different in your own life.

Connection happens on two levels. First is connection with the self
in an essential sense of center that’s unshakable by external
events. The second is connection with others for community.

When creativity is open, it’s exciting to explore the unseen —
what’s around your next corner. By being curious, receptive, and
initiating questions or actions, you can play with infinite

By reducing the “noise” in your head, your being, thinking, and
doing become crystallized. Decisions are easier, right action is
smoother, communications and relationships are cleaner — and your
calendar becomes focused.

Life is full of considerations, some of which are necessary.
However, it is important to recognize which are real. It is
important to not tolerate the unnecessary. Compromise only when
it’s meaningful.

There are times when situations require us to confront things that
make us uncomfortable or even afraid. Until we pass through it, we
do not learn our lessons. Having the courage to face it gives us
the ability to move forward.

When you are comfortable in who you are, you naturally make choices
that support your knowingness and demonstrate trust in who/where
you are. It’s a powerful magnet to attracting more of what you want.

It is in giving that we grow, by sharing what we have that we
increase our own capacities. Giving back where we can creates good

Building by partnership/teamwork creates a synergy that otherwise
wouldn’t exist. When two or more people are gathered in focus,
great things are created and achieved.

Honoring what has happened in celebration feels good. It is a
timeless ritual to acknowledge hard work and mark a milestone or an
ending. Without celebration, we may not know that we are moving
into a new beginning.

Circle Back
Review the lessons learned to see if you’ve missed anything, or if
you can use something previously discarded in a new way. Circling
back allows you to express appreciation for both the people who
have been touched by your learning journey and your progress.

Through compassion for others, we acknowledge our oneness. While we
are all at different places on our respective journeys, the
destination is the same.

As long as you are in alignment with your higher self, believing in
what you know to be true for you is the backbone to good decisions,
personal leadership, accountability, and good health.

Speak your truth clearly, concisely, and honestly. You can avoid
about 80% of problems with other people by having good
communication skills. You can resolve 100% of your personal
challenges by being honest with yourself.

Control means doing what you can and releasing whatever you just
did; it has to go do/be whatever you have given it life to do.
Control is a superficial illusion, attempting to force situations,
people, or things to fit — it’s like trying to push a river. Being
in flow means recognizing that there is no control.

Common Sense
Maybe this should be “un”-common sense… common sense comes from
everyday living. If something makes sense to you, do it. However,
just because somebody else does it a certain way doesn’t mean that
it makes the best sense for you.

If any one of these resonated with you on some level, that’s an
indicator of where you can start in doing something different. If
more than one hit a nerve, start with the first one.

You will notice that people and situations around you will change
— be alert. Watch for synchronicities and pay attention to how you
feel — that’s the best measure of your success in being different

Have a great week!


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