I believe this applies not only to our lives in the martial arts, but in everything we do.

As we prepare for a new year many will reflect on the past. Much of the focus is on the negative – what we didn’t accomplish, what we had higher hopes of achieving and whatever else we perceive to be “wrong” with us. This is okay to a point, but dwelling is unhealthy and can create a sense of failure and morbidity. All of the negatives should be turned into positives and we should create and revive our enthusiasm to achieve our goals and create and build our reality. I always find it more motivating to look into the future than into the past. There is nothing we can do about the past, but everything we can do about the future.

Make this a year of doing. Turn yourself into that person you envision.

New Year, New You-belts

Here are some basics that I believe may help:

  • Count your blessings and be appreciative of how rich you already are.
    • Value yourself.
    • Make your happiness a priority.
    • Have Goals, not dreams
    • Stop wishing and start working
    • Stop hoping to get lucky and start creating and taking advantage of opportunities.
    • Stop waiting for the perfect time. There is no better time than now.

In many people’s minds the New Year brings with it a clean slate where anything is possible, but as I tell my students often, change doesn’t come with a date. A new day on New Year, New You-set goalsthe calendar isn’t going to make anything easier to accomplish. It takes just as much grit and hard work no matter when you start. But the point is to start. The sooner you start the sooner you will reach your intended destination.

Set your goals, create a plan, commit to and enforce your plan, persevere. I wish you all the best with your goals and lives. Go out and prosper.