Bad Case of the Mondays

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I will tell you that Mondays are stacked for me.  There is a lot of prep work to get the first classes of the week started strong.  If I don’t finalize the plan a few days before… well the day is just gone!

That is how I felt today. Basically, I didn’t finalize my task list / calendar set up before the alarm clock went off.  You know what that feels like?  It is like you are standing at the starting line of a race.  The gun has gone off and everyone (the day) has left you behind.  The rest of your day you feel like you are playing catch up.  This causes you to spend most of your time responding to things.

Our momentum slows down drastically anytime we are not taking action towards our goals.  I know what I will be doing tonight before I call it a day.

I hope your day is going well and you are taking action and killing it!

Guro Larry St. Clair
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Timing Is The Key

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Man, yesterday I felt it.  Whether I was ready or not; IT was coming.  The first day of the month is always a busy time for us. Combine that with the 1st day back after a long holiday and the New Year… ugh!

As I reflected on this last night, I was reminded of a powerful concept that someone coached me on.   

“Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan”

You know when to take your lunch.  You know when to pick up the kids from school and you even know when dinner is with your friends.  These dates and times are scheduled on your calendar to help you know “when” to do something.

I give you this because it is “Resolution Time”.  You probably have some goals you want to achieve and you even have a plan to make it happen. But often enough, “what” you do, isn’t nearly as important as “when” you do it.  Just like martial arts and life itself… Timing Is The Key.

Try this with everything and watch yourself accomplish more day to day towards your goals.  This is guaranteed to give you a Happy New Year!

Guro Larry St. Clair
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Did Santa Bring It To You?

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So did you get it?  I mean… did he bring it to you??  You are probably thinking, “Did who… bring me what?”

Did Santa Claus bring you all your Goals you wanted to achieve?

I mean… just asking alone should have meant that you got it right?

I REALLY believe that I was a good boy this past year.  I thought for sure he was going to set me up with everything I wanted… but I guess not.

You see Santa isn’t going to magically bring you everything you asked for.  He’s not going to do the steps it takes to achieve your goals.  It is up to you and you alone to go for it.

So lets do just that.  This time of the year is when I always go into full planning mode.  I have each month’s full calendar printed on individual pieces of paper.  I go through and write all the important dates for our family first.  Then I start to look at Testing and Graduation Dates for our school.  Then special events, holidays, vacations, etc.

After this, I make a long list of goals and projects I would like to accomplish in the next year.  I set a target date and break down each step to finish the entire project.  Once this is done all the steps get written on the calendar.

This creates a great step by step process that maps out the entire journey.

If you can take the small amount of time to do this, I promise… you will be 80% to your destination.  This is all it takes.  Literally an hour of your time to plot out each step.

Do you think generals in the military go into battle without a plan?  Do you think successful CEOs of major companies go in without a plan?

Absolutely NOT!

So take a few moments this week, before the last holiday of the year.  Organize your thoughts, write your goals down and plan your year!!!

Guro Larry
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Blank Canvas Challenge

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I was reviewing some notes this week on goal setting and I realized something.

This time of the year is extremely important!!!

It is a great time to do a self-evaluation for the last 12 months.  You can ask yourself three simple questions.

#1 – What have I accomplished?

#2 – What am I in line to achieve?

#3 – What have I not finished?

As you weigh these out, you want to remember who you wanted to be this year.  Then compare that to who and where you are right now.  This should paint a solid picture and help you create your goals for the next year.

Following this process should eliminate the “Blank Canvas Challenge” and get you moving smoother through your planning phase.

What’s on your list?  Not your Christmas List; but your Goal List?

Guro Larry St. Clair
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The Perfect Plan for 2018

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The new year is approaching fast and I am of course asking all my students what their goals are and what we can do to help.

This has reminded me of some powerful action steps that actually apply to everything we do.  You see it is very easy to look at something and say, “It won’t work.”  It is also easy to do something a few times and say, “It doesn’t work” or “It’s too difficult.”

I share this because you must “try” first before you can “do”.  Once you “do” enough, you can say that you have actually “done” something.  A great example is I have been in two movies in my entire life.  I even had a one word line… whoa!  So obviously I am an actor right?  NOT!  I don’t even consider that “trying” yet.

So whether it be your diet, training, hobbies or whatever it is you want to improve on… “get after it”.  Go for it like Bruce Lee would go for it.  Obsess over it day and night until you reach your goal.  Give it your full attention and put in the TIME!!!

So here are some simple steps…

1) Pick some goals.

2) Start “trying” a little each day towards those goals.

3) “Try” so many times that you can eventually say you are “doing” something.

4) “Do” something for 30 days (minimum) and check out the results.

5) Evaluate the results to your approach.

6) Set up an adjusted plan or pick a new direction.

7) Rinse and Repeat!!!

I know for a fact that if you follow this approach you WILL reach your goals.

Speaking of goals… What will you push to achieve in 2018???

Guro Larry, Sonja, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
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Martial Arts Fitness, Martial Way: How To Get Better, At Everything

We like to take our family and get away from everything by going camping.

Recently, while camping our girls had made friends with a bunch of other kids.  They were all hanging around playing at our site.  I thought it would be a great idea to get the sling shot out and try to hit some cans.

They all tried and after missing three or four times; they were done.  Realistically it makes sense.  They don’t know what they are going to “win” from even just trying.

So first lesson is, always have a prize at the end of your challenge.  Give yourself the reason and desire to fuel your dedication.

“When your WHY is strong enough, the HOW is simple.”

Now since they decided to take a “break” from it, my wife and I got to shoot.

We missed a few but coached each other to stay motivated.  Pretty soon… we started to hear one of the coolest sounds ever…. “KNOCK!!!”.  We hit the tree the can was on.  We were giving each other high fives and celebrating.  A few more “KNOCKS!!!” were met by the best sound in the universe.  When you hear that “TING!!!”, you know you have hit it.

So the kids saw us having a good time and celebrating the misses almost as much as the “KNOCKS” and “TINGS”.  They decided their “break” was over and they wanted to try again.  They missed a few here and there and then all the sudden… “KNOCK!!!”.  Literally all of them were so excited.  A few more misses and “KNOCKS” later and one of them gets a “TING!!!”.  This got them all very pumped and even the kids that kept missing were enjoying themselves.

How is this possible?

Well once they got passed the initial “what is in it for me” phase they grew as a unit.  They saw that you could celebrate together as a team or family.  When one of them hit it… they all hit.  They also learned that the more times they tried the better they got.  Pretty soon, it didn’t matter if they tried 20 times… all they needed was one “TING!!!” and it was worth it.

So the other lesson here is that anything you pick up can be an extension of your body.  It can be a way to express yourself.  You can learn any thing or do any thing you “want”.  Just remember to be patient.  You might not get it on your first, second or even third try.  Just keep going!

Also, you must keep making small adjustments.  Keep things simple and remember, “Little details equal big results.”

Most importantly remember that trying is greater than winning or hitting the target on any day.

Get out there and learn more, try more and you will do more!

The process alone will get you better at everything you do.

Guro Larry, Sonja, Lauren & Tori St. Clair

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Cycle of Tomorrow

Mañana Mañana Mañana!!!  Have you ever had an idea about an invention only a few months later to see it for sale?  Have you ever thought about calling a friend or family member and then suddenly they are gone from your life.  What about when your kids ask you to read to them; but you are too tired so you promise to do it tomorrow?

The example I see the most is when people choose to skip training because their friends invite them out.  Many think, “It’s Monday, there is still four more days of the week.”  But then tomorrow they get called into a work meeting at the end of the day.  Then the next day, their best friend asks for help with something.  Then tomorrow becomes the next day… and the next… and the next.  Pretty soon they are not going to the gym and within weeks they are “too busy” and give up.

So how do we keep from getting caught in the “Cycle of Tomorrow”?

The mindset we must adopt is “What happens if there is no tomorrow?”.  When you begin to think this way you will find yourself prioritizing your time and emphasizing what is most important to you.

For instance, when your significant other comes home you will hug them longer.  When you read to your children will you animate it for them.  When you train, you will train as if it is the last time you will ever get to throw a punch or kick!

So, how much closer will it bring you and your loved ones together?

How much closer will that mind set take you towards your goals?

When you ask yourself these questions, you will find yourself accomplishing more, loving life and making those around you much happier.

What will you do today to defeat the “Cycle of Tomorrow”?

Guro Larry, Sonja, Lauren & Tori St. Clair
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