The ways I’ve always done things

Thinking on the ways I’ve always done things. I notice when I slip from it things always go down hill. When it slips you have to fix the culture.

My philosophy:

“Be a magnet for responsible and disciplined people not a net for the undisciplined and uncommitted.”

It comes down to filtering people out. You have to make sure they are willing to put in the work and time.

Cut off times – give people ‘X’ amount of time to get it together or they should move on.

Homework assignments. This tells you who wants it and who doesn’t and who will go that extra mile. I’ve always found it interesting that the people who ‘won’t’ do homework assignments always ask for workout programs, nutrition programs etc.. aka they want others to put in work on their behalf but won’t put it in themselves.

My time is valuable to me, in fact it’s the most valuable thing I have.

This has nothing to do with whether someone is ‘bad’ or not just whether they are a fit for what we do or not, want to invest our time into or not, surround ourselves with or not.

There is only so much time to give.

The old cliche is true.

“You either find a way or find an excuse.”

Most will find or justify an excuse but at the end of the day they didn’t put the work in, they didn’t improve.

It’s really rather simple.

The Rare Gem

Many people come and go in martial arts. Some stick around yet never truly commit or they only half heartly put forth effort, while others move on. The reasons are many – ego, to many things going on in life, to many side interest.

But..

Occasionally you find that rare gem. The student that quietly shows up and focuses for hours to master that one technique, that one skill.  They listen intently and work hard to apply. They stay late, shows up early while everyone else is busy doing other things. They are there alone working; spending hours drilling over and over; paying attention to the smallest detail. They are there not to show off or stroke their ego, rather mastering.

1000 reps, 5000 reps, 10,000 reps – over and over.

You sit and observe as they are busy self talking themselves through what they need to work on; never quite satisfied- highly coachable.

This is GRIT in action, this is focus manifesting and gratitude realized.

They are truly a rare gem.

Desire vs Active Will

There’s a difference between desire & actively willing something into existence.
 
If you say you want ‘X’ yet you spend your time doing ‘Y’, then what you are saying through action is exactly opposite of what your words are saying. The same existence you are currently living is what you ‘actual’ desire because you are putting in no actions to change it.
 
Big difference between desire & actualizing your vision.
What do you spend your time on? What kind of information do you consume? What action do you take with what you have consumed?

A Disconnect of Bravery


“People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.” ~ George Eliot

We are way to concerned with what is happening at a national or international level. Right living starts at home and with our own innangarths.

Courage & Bravery is something we should push for in ourselves. And we should pretty much leave everyone else alone. The world needs more people ‘doing’ the little things..

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

The Phoenix

The Phoenix (Ancient Greek: φοῖνιξ phoinix)

The power of creation comes in birth and growth. But at times in order to create something must be destroyed to make room. In this way we create the space needed.

Looking truthfully at the life we are living we can see if it is working or not. It’s easy to be critical of others but it takes the focus off our own lives and what may not be working.

The power found in destroying comes when it’s focused on burning away what isn’t working in our own lives – habits, mindsets, lack of clarity. From this new space we have created in our minds and life we can breath new life.

The phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its former self.  Life after all is about progress and we will redefine ourselves many times throughout our lives.

Boy becomes a man, a man becomes a husband, a husband becomes a father, a father becomes a grandfather. One generation gives way to the next, passing on lessons and skills – legacy.

Despite what’s happening around us as society seems to limp along, we can create our own world. The world we build can be built on the foundation of traditions, rituals, real meaningful relationships -innangraths with a focus on brotherhood and sisterhood.

Through this we find Frith – peace of mind, purpose, interdependence, shared struggle and order within our kindreds.