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The 4 I’s Of Improvement

Posted: March 10, 2019

“There are 3 constants in life; changes, choices, and principles.” -Dr. Stephen R. Covey


Dear Friend, 


I trust this blog finds you well.


It scares people. 

Mostly because of their fear of the unknown. 

No matter how bad things may be, the thought of making them worse is particularly frightening. 

Progress is more appealing.

It isn’t nearly as random.

Change can mean anything.

Progress suggests movement toward a desired result.

One of the greatest challenges with making progress, is the propensity to backslide.

There is a ‘process’ underlying all ‘progress.’

Let’s take a closer look at it.


The 4 I's of Improvement...


1. Information - Knowledge is the foundation of power.

We all want and need great info.

It must be accurate and applicable.

Our success and failure often comes down to the quality of our ‘intelligence.’

Always seek the best information from the most reputable sources. 

2. Inspiration - The driving force behind your efforts is essential to your success.

Motivation pales in comparison to inspiration.

Figure out what really inspires you, link it to your goals, and you will be amazed with your results. 

3. Implementation - We must put our information and inspiration to work.

Progress is the result of sustained effort.

You can have the best ideas and intentions, but without implementation, it has very little value.

Transform your thoughts into actions, and your actions will lead to results.

4. Integration - This is the final step.

Unless our newly acquired information is woven into our behavioral patterns, it will quickly evaporate. 

The most effective strategy is to link a new behavior to positive things you already do.

You can also replace a old negative behavior with a new positive one. 

Finally, do not call your most productive behaviors as habits. 

Use a better label. 

Your most effective behaviors are actually called rituals. 

Martial Arts training reinforces these 4 powerful steps. 

I look forward to seeing you and your family in class at the Dojo. 



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 

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