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Rank Of Contemplation

Yellow Belt - The Rank Of Contemplation

Posted: July 23, 2019

“Are you not paying attention because it is boring, or is it boring because you are not paying attention?” -Anonymous 


Dear Friend,


I trust this blog finds you well. 

If you haven’t read the Habit 1 blog, please do so.

The feedback was excellent. 

Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. 

I strongly encourage you to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. 

I am certain that the principles covered in the book will resonate with you, both as a Martial Artist and as a productive individual. 

Habit 2 – Begin With The End In Mind, is a powerful concept. 

The basic premise is to imagine that you are at the end of your life, looking back at it. 

You will immediately realize that the life you are looking back at, is the life you are living right now. 

You have the power to change it, if you decide to. 

Habit 2 gives you a chance to choose what you want to accomplish and who you want to be. 

If you really embrace the exercise, it will give you an incredibly clear picture of where you are, and where you are going. 

More to the point, it will give you a greater awareness of who you are, and who you are going to be. 

You can also apply the principle of Begin With The End In Mind for shorter term goal setting. 

You will profoundly increase your success when it comes to achieving your objectives, if you know what they are. 

Unfortunately, many of us are reluctant to declare a specific goal because of the possibility of failure. 

Ironically, avoiding goal declaration actually guarantees failure.  

Earning your Black Belt is not an accident. 

It happens on purpose. 

It is the result of a decision most of us make when we earn our Yellow Belt. 

You earn your White Belt by demonstrating the courage to embark upon a new endeavor - by being proactive. 

You earn your Yellow Belt through consistency and commitment to your progress. 

You do not wait until you earn your Brown Belt, to set Black Belt as your goal. 

The more clear you are about the direction of our life, the more likely you are to live it out. 

Do have the courage required to think about who you will be in the future? 

If you are finding it difficult or painful, I have a suggestion. 

You do not have to look at your past or the present. 

Put that aside for now. 

Imagine what you want in the future. 

Think about how you want the people closest to you, to remember you. 

Then you will know exactly how you must live your life from here on out. 

It is simple, but not easy. 

Let me know what you think. 

I always appreciate hearing about your life, on and off the mat. 

Soon, we will take a look at Habit 3 – Put First Things First.

I look forward to seeing you and your family on the mat at the Dojo. 



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 

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