The Duration Factor (On Stress And Pain)

Simply because we get used to something does not mean it is good for us. Humans are amazingly resilient and adaptable creatures with a great capacity to work through stress and pain as long as we feel like we are making progress because of it. This survival mechanism can be extremely useful when we need…

Martial Arts And The Freedom To Choose

As long as we have choice, we have hope. One of the most powerful lessons martial arts teach us is that very difficult, seemingly insurmountable problems can be solved by applying the right combination of posture, balance, angles, and leverage. What at first feels like a hopeless challenge becomes less and less so the more…

Blame Is An Attitude Of Failure

If we want to lead purpose-filled lives of positive change, we must avoid the temptation of blame. Blame is an excuse. It is a tool by which we allow ourselves to feel hopeless and helpless by pointing at external causes that are outside of our control as an explanation for us not living the lives…

Breathe And Prioritize

Slow down. Take a deep breath. Prioritize. Follow through. Repeat. Busy is not the same as productive. Doing a lot of activities does not mean that we are actually accomplishing anything worthwhile. It is far better to do less, better than it is to do more, poorly. Priorities, by definition, should be limited in number….

The Dividing Line Between Success And Failure

Some of the world’s greatest innovations were borne out of necessity and limited resources. Limitations do not have to be seen as restrictive boundaries within which we are stuck and unable to escape. With a shift in mindset, away from hopelessness and toward creative solutions, our limitations, whether they be time, tools, or resources, actually…