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Rank Of Courage

White Belt - The Rank Of Courage

Posted: February 26, 2019

"Before you start climbing up the ladder of success, make sure it is leaning against the right wall."


                                       -Dr. Stephen R. Covey


Dear Friend,


I trust this blog finds you well.

Have you read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", by Dr. Stephen R. Covey?

If not, I encourage you to read it. 

If you have read this masterpiece, I recommend that you read it again.

You will be glad you did.

In my opinion, it is the best Martial Arts text book ever written. 

Dr. Covey is not a Martial Artist.

I am sure that he did not write the book with the intention of it being a Martial Arts text book. 

Never the less, the principles that Dr. Covey presents in his book fit perfectly with our philosophy. Our Belt system corresponds directly with The 7 Habits."

Habit 1 - Be Proactive, is the habit of personal responsibility. 

It essentially describes the idea that we can always choose. 

By exercising courage in the moment of choice, we can respond effectively, rather than react ineffectively, to events in our lives. 

When you earn your White Belt, you are choosing to become a student. 

You are proactively approaching your training.

It it not brought to you. 

You go to it. 

You proactively become a "learner", rather than waiting to be "taught."

You can proactively smile and feel good, or you can wait until someone or something makes you smile in reaction. 

You might be friendly on purpose, or you might wait until someone else initiates friendship, and then react to it. 

You may naively attempt to be in a state of neutrality, waiting for a stimulus to respond to. 

You may choose your primary state of consciousness, and have a greater influence on every circumstance of your life. 

You can proactively choose a set of principles to live by, or you can drift through life without a sail. 

Choosing a code of conduct is a great example of being proactive. 

You are proactive. Right?

You understand the concept of "Be Proactive." 

You are not going to show up to a Color Belt Test and react to your classmates energy. 

You will proactively set a very high energy, explosive pace. 

Are you going to see what mood you are in when you wake up tomorrow and approach your day accordingly? 


You will proactively decide your emotional "zone" and make your day a productive one!

Think about the most effective, productive, and accomplished people who you know. 

Are they primarily reactive or proactive? 

Give it some thought. 

Tomorrow, look for a summary of Habit 2 - Begin With The End In Mind. 



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



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 


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