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What’s Your Story?

Posted: January 31, 2019

Dear Friend,

 

I trust this blog finds you well. 

That second image is not actually me. 

However, I am only a few poor decisions away from that “condition.” 

Here’s why...

If you don’t have a clear vision of your future, things tend to default in a downward direction. 

What does your future look like? 

Have you given it much thought? 

Oddly, other people think about your future quite often, and decide what it will look like, and it may not be very appealing to you. 

Shouldn’t we all have a clear vision of what we want our lives to be like a year from now?

How about 5 or 10 years from now? 

Have you tricked yourself into believing that you are too busy to worry about the future? 

You don‘t have to worry about it. 

I suggest that you become inspired by the fact that you can shape your future. 

Choices that you are making now will greatly influence the quality of your life - immediately and ultimately.  

Take the time to write the story of your life. 

Perhaps you allowed others to write volume 1 and 2 of your life; your past and present. 

Are you prepared to take full responsibility for the 3rd volume in your life’s story - your future. 

I have great expectations for my future, and like you, I face obstacles and adversity on a daily basis. 

More often than not, these are merely challenges which are relatively easy to overcome. 

Sometimes a serious problem presents itself, and I prefer to be well prepared. 

The small battles prepare us for the big ones. 

When I have difficulty living into the "story" of my future, this picture jolts me into a more powerful state. 

I could easily become that guy in just a few months, if I lose my way, ignore my values, and indulge my vices. 

That guy thinks, "Spring is too rainy, Summer is too hot, Fall is too windy, and Winter is too cold.”

Those are some of the many excuses that the guy pictured above would surely make, to divorce himself from his ability to respond effectively in the moment of choice. 

That guy would lose sight of his greatest “privilege.”

His greatest privilege is called “responsibility.”

We all get off track occasionally. 

In fact, most of us get off track quite often.This is why learning to control our memory, focus, and imagination is vitally important. 

This is why learning to master our alignment, mechanics, gestures, facial expressions, and breathing is so valuable. 

This is why taking command of our vocabulary, and the way we communicate verbally and non-verbally, is priceless. 

These are some of the greatest benefits of the Martial Arts. 

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

 

Respectfully,

Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 

 

 

 

 


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