Courage – Part Four

It is funny how often enough success leaves clues.

That is one of the first sayings that I learned from Fred Degerberg.  I sat across from him many years ago when I only had about 14 students.  I told him all the reasons why I didn’t have students and he re-told them to me like this… “that is all your fault”.

He was right… and thankfully during one part of the conversation he told me to “shut up and listen”.  Well he didn’t say it that nice but you get the idea 🙂

He made me sit there and get the absolute worse verbal beat down of my life.

I left crushed and humiliated.  It wasn’t just me in the room but several others including my instructor Guro Ron Balicki who set up the meeting for me.

I went home with all these ideas but I needed to see past the things to do and look for the message he was trying to deliver.  As he said… “It isn’t any one thing”.  I know, I know… just like the movie City Slickers… but it is true!!!

After all the years I love telling people about that meeting and what it did for me.  It’s taken me years to even understand all of what we discussed in just a few hours.  But you have to understand… it came from Fred.  I had a chance not too long ago to cheer him on when he won the award for Best School in the World!!!  So he knows what he’s talking about.

The largest message I learned from Fred is that the creator gave us two ears and one mouth.  So we should listen two times more than we speak.

It isn’t easy… because often enough you really hear something that sets you off or that you have an opinion about.  Doesn’t matter.  Just sit there and wait.  Wait until it is all done.  Look through their eyes.  Walk in their shoes.  See what they see and feel what they feel.  Understand where they are coming from and more importantly help them get there.  It is easy to point fingers… but it is a challenge to listen and even more to understand.

It is as world leader Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”


Guro Larry, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best
http://www.martialway.net
512-821-3637

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

Courage – Part Three

Change is scary!!!

It could be to try something new or make a change in your diet.  Either way to take action on something you want to do but you know is different can be a challenge.

By nature we are creatures of comfort.  We feel happy in our routine.

Think about every time you wake up.  You have probably got a set 5-10 things you do before you leave for work or school.  Now these things can change in order but if all or some of them are not there… you are one grumpy person.

We all have these types of routines or things that make us feel comfortable.  Often enough though the things that make us uncomfortable are the things that change us.  The things that make us grow.  Take for instance… the one thing I always dislike is sprints.  To run as fast as you can for a small distance.  Take a short break… and do it again.  Ugh!!!  It always hurts so bad… but the pay off is so great.  It always made me in better condition as well as better looking shape.

It was something out of my comfort zone like sprints that took me to my next level.

Right now at this moment you know what it will take.  Deep down you most likely have already thought of what you need to adjust to get yourself to your next level.  However the pain from stretching to reach it might start to hold you back from taking the first step.

So when that happens think of this quote… “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” by Soren Kierkegaard

Take that first step… and keep thinking about what that change will bring you.  If you are 100% happy with yourself, then just change things up a little bit.  Watch the progress that will happen when you do.

Whether you want big changes or small changes… If you show courage and dare to go to the next level then you will have done something even greater.  You will have also taken people you know and led them by example.  Help yourself by having courage to make the change and then mentor others so they can enjoy the benefits with you.

Guro Larry, Lauren & Tori St. Clair

The Always Improving Martial Way Academy

American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate

Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best

http://www.martialway.net

512-821-3637

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

Courage – Part Two

Often enough fear is the thing that holds us back from doing what needs to be done.  It creates doubt in us.  This is a feeling that can really disrupt what we either must do or want to do.  Most often enough all we need to do is think logically about the situation and we can over come it.

I remember the first time I descended into Lake Travis for my Open Water Scuba Certification.  They said you wouldn’t be able to see bottom.  Literally there was just a rope going into nothing-ness.  That has freaked quite a few people out.  It definitely is scary your first or even tenth time in Lake Travis.  The most important thing I remember is something else they said though.  The rope is tied to a platform that sits at 25 feet.  So using logic… I looked at my depth gauge as I went down the rope.  I wasn’t concerned with what I couldn’t see anymore.  I just trusted my instructors and watched for when I got close to 25 feet.  Once I got to about 20 feet… I could see the platform and my fellow students on it.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

Tackling that first hurdle has enabled me to do so much more with diving.  It has also payed off in my Martial Arts training and other parts of my life.  I feel that moment was put in front of me to overcome.  It made me stronger and able to overcome other hurdles and potential  fears put in front of me.

Face it!!!


Guro Larry, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best
http://www.martialway.net
512-821-3637

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

Courage – Part One

We have to have courage before, during and after any situation.  We need it before so that we can become more informed on subjects we participate in.  This may include learning, understanding and becoming better at things we will never be the best at.

We need these steps to feel competent with what we are doing.  This builds confidence which will help you make decisions and execute actions that need to be done.

Afterwards though, we need the courage to stand by our actions.  To be confident in the way we handled things from start to finish.

As with all things… it starts with a single notion or spark… an idea.

I want to become X or I want to do Y.  What is that idea you have had sitting on the back burner?  What is that new thing that you want to try??

As Charles Dubois said, “The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”

The time is now.

“Step Up!!!” as Tony Robbins would say and live it, breath it… feel it.

Courage…

Food Journal Entry – Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

7am – wake up

730am – Advocare – Restore Probiotics

one cup of water

8am – Advocare – Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS) E / Catalyst x3

one cup of water

830am – veggie sausage, veggies, eggs

9am – Advocare – Coreplex / Omegaplex / Joint Promotion x3

cup of water

930am – cup of water

10am – cup of water

1030 – cup of water

11am – cup of water

1115am – Advocare – Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS) E / Catalyst x3

12pm – salad with veggies and fruit

1230pm – D3 (2000 IU) x 2 / Zinc / E / Calcium / DHEA

cup of water

1pm – cup of water

130pm – cup of water

2pm – cup of water

230pm – Advocare – Spark + Argenine Power + Mass Impact

3pm – Advocare – Catalyst x3 / O2 Enhancer x2

330pm – home made oatmeal w/ agave nectar, nuts, fresh fruit

4pm – cup of water

430pm – Advocare – Spark

kicks!!!

530 – cup of water

630pm – Advocare – muscle gain shake

7pm – cup of water

730pm – cup of water

8pm – cup of water

830m – cup of water

9pm – cup of water

930pm – pasta / tomatoes / olives / veggie sausage

10pm – maker mark 46 neat

1030pm – cup of water

11pm – cup of water

12pm – bed!!!

 

 

 

Advocare – Catalyst x3

 

1130am – one cup of water

12pm – salad w/ veggies, fruit and trail mix

 

2pm – 3 mile run

245pm – cup of water

315pm – Advocare – Spark + Argenine Power + Mass Impact

330pm – Advocare – Muscle Strength x1 / O2 Enhancer x2

345pm – Advocare – Catalyst x3

4pm – 1 hr grappling

5pm – Advocare – Muscle Gain Shake

taught Kickboxing / MMA

got some good reps in on pads

630pm – taught MMA (adv)

cup of water

730pm – taught Kickboxing / MMA

got reps in on conditioning

cup of water

8pm – cup of water

830pm – cup of water

9pm – cup of water

10pm – glass of water

1015pm – Advocare – Meal Replacement Shake w/ Coconut Juice, banana, agave nectar

1030pm – Advocare – Coreplex / Omegaplex / Joint Promotion x3

11pm – Advocare – night time recovery x3

1130pm – bed time!!!

 —
Guro Larry, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best
http://www.martialway.net
512-821-3637

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

Food Journal Entry – Monday, March 5th, 2012

730am – wake up / Advocare – Restore Probiotics

one cup of water

8am – Advocare – Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS) E

one cup of water

830am – Advocare – Catalyst x3

830am – veggie sausage, veggies, eggs

9am – one cup of water

930am – one cup of water

10am – one cup of water

1030am – few animal crackers

11am – one cup of water

1130am – one cup of water

12pm – salad w/ veggies, fruit and trail mix

1230pm – Advocare – Joint Promotion / D3 (2000 IU) x 2 / Zinc / E / Calcium

cup of water

1pm – cup of water

130pm – cup of water

2pm – 3 mile run

245pm – cup of water

315pm – Advocare – Spark + Argenine Power + Mass Impact

330pm – Advocare – Muscle Strength x1 / O2 Enhancer x2

345pm – Advocare – Catalyst x3

4pm – 1 hr grappling

5pm – Advocare – Muscle Gain Shake

530pm – Advocare – Catalyst x3

cup of water

taught Kickboxing / MMA

got some good reps in on pads

630pm – taught MMA (adv)

cup of water

730pm – taught Kickboxing / MMA

got reps in on conditioning

cup of water

8pm – cup of water

830pm – cup of water

9pm – cup of water

10pm – glass of water

1015pm – Advocare – Meal Replacement Shake w/ Coconut Juice, banana, agave nectar

1030pm – Advocare – Coreplex / Omegaplex / Joint Promotion x3

11pm – Advocare – night time recovery x3

1130pm – bed time!!!


Guro Larry, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best
http://www.martialway.net
512-821-3637

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!

Food Journal Entry – Thursday, March 1st, 2012

8am – wake up

830am – Advocare – Restore Probiotics

one cup of water

845am – Advocare – Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS) E

9am – Meal Replacement Shake w/ Coconut Juice, berries, banana, peanut butter, agave nectar

915am – Advocare – Coreplex / Omegaplex / Joint Promotion x3

10am – cup of water

11am – Advocare – Catalyst x3

cup of water

1130pm – Advocare – Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS) E

12pm – soyizo, eggs, veggies

1230pm – D3 (2000 IU) x 2 / Zinc / E / Calcium

cup of water

1pm – cup of water

130pm – Advocare – Muscle Strength x2 / O2 Enhancer x1

cup of water

230pm – cup of water

3pm – salad w/ veggies, fruit & trail mix

4pm – cup of water

430pm – Advocare – Spark + Argenine Power + Mass Impact

5pm – Advocare – Catalyst x3

6pm – home made oatmeal w/ agave nectar, nuts, fresh fruit

630pm – cup of water

730pm – cup of water

830pm – tuna fish w/ crackers

cup of water

9pm – chicken, cheese enchilada

930pm – cup of water

10pm – cup of water

1030pm – cup of water

11pm – bed


Guro Larry, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
The Always Improving Martial Way Academy
American Top Team Trained and Certified MMA Affiliate
Martial Arts Training and Fitness Education at its Best
http://www.martialway.net
512-821-3637

The old saying that knowledge is power is just that… execution… now that is POWER!!!t