I remember wearing a shirt a few years back that said “Attitude is Everything.“ And the more people I interact with the more I believe in this quote. How would you rate your attitude? Do you have a positive attitude? Has your attitude determined your altitude in life?
Today I would like to highlight people that have a Black Belt attitude. First after doing belt testings all weekend, there are a few people that come to mind. First is Bill Grayson, Bill was one of the most impressive adult students I have ever seen at a belt testing. Bill was on fire when it came to attitude. His attitude was shown when he was doing pushups, pull ups, and his sit ups. Of course the 50 push ups were hard after and hour and a half of testing. But the attitude he displayed during his test was inspiring. Bill Great Job!
One of my favorite sayings is to major in the minor things. I notice that people with a positive attitude are experts in this area. Here is a quick list of the minor things that we must major in!
1. Be the best you can every day.
2. Network with people that are more successful than you. Pick their brain. One thing they will all preach is hard work. All the people I network with are hard workers, even though they are successful.
3. Develop the habits of highly successful people-work hard, battle through obstacles, and realize that there is no quick way to success.
4. Seek to improve every day.
5. Be self motivated
Now getting back to people that have shown a Black Belt attitude. I would have to go with a great father, student, and instructor, Sensei Keith Loftus. Sensei Keith made some comments to me this weekend and displayed some great energy in the school that showed his attitude. With his entire family at the belt graduation for his daughter, he told me that the belt graduation was awesome, and encouraged me to do them more often. He said that as a parent, the lessons his daughter are learning make him feel more confident when the day comes when she leaves for college. He said he knows that she will be able to defend herself, and that the life skills that she is learning are invaluable and will take her in a positive direction. I was able to feel his passion through the phone.
In addition to his love of the program, his attitude was shown when I asked him to work with a special student. I asked him to work with this student for 15 minutes. 45 minutes later I was looking for him and I saw him still working with the student. Keith showed that going above and beyond the call of duty was part of his make up. Way to go Keith!
Another one of our great students Nicole, told me the other day that I was a perfectionist. I told her that 15 years ago, I didnt care about anything. It has been the martial arts that has changed my attitude. And talking to people like Jon Malach, Master Farid, and other dear friends that have changed my attitude.
I would like you to challenge yourself to be great this week. This week start over. If you had a bad week last week, so what. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and be grateful for what you have. Think about what you have in your life, not what you don’t have. If you read the secret, then you know its true, you will continue to attract negative energy if you focus and think of all the negatives.
I just can’t wait to teach this week. This week we will show the number one fear in all humans-public speaking. And we will show how to beat this fear through martial arts training. We will teach how to sound and look confident. One of my friends has a saying, ” Confidence has a certain look, and a certain sound.” Do you have this look? Do you have this sound? Come in for class this week, and if you don’t have it, we will give it to you!
Look for my attitude test coming mid week. Do me a favor and have your whole family take it. And
send it your friends. Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?
Live like a Champion,