Meditations on Mastery


The man who doesn’t reach decisions promptly when he has all necessary facts in hand cannot be depended on to carry out decisions after he makes them.

There is no one right answer — but an endless number of right answers — to most of life’s problems. Usually, your options are many and varied; the difficulty lies in choosing the best alternative from among many, all in a reasonable time frame. If you devote yourself to making small decisions promptly, you will find it much easier to be decisive when the stakes are much bigger. Most important, you’ll find making decisions and acting on them far easier if you act promptly.

Napoleon Hill


Decisiveness is such an important and rare leadership trait. I remember many years ago being evaluated on the 23 leadership dimensions alongside other cadets training to be officers in the US Army.

We each had our own unique strengths and liabilities, of course, and we all worked to make our strengths stronger and our weaknesses cease to be liabilities; just like we do with our Blackbelt Leadership Training students at Krav Maga Martial Arts today.


Fortunately, decisiveness is one of the dimensions I most often always received the coveted “O’ for outstanding.

I say fortunately because I think the ability to make quick decisions and then quickly and aggressively act upon them is one of the most important traits of a leader- or for success at anything for that matter. I have seen far too many would be leaders fall prey to analysis paralysis and therefore fail to accomplish the mission or their goals.


This is The Thinker, a famous bronze statue by Auguste Rodin.

But do you know what The Thinker’s real name was?

Of course not! Nobody else does either, because he spent too much time thinking and never got around to deciding and acting!


Last thing on the subject and I’ll be done for today.

Just get moving! Don’t wait to get everything right. You can only learn to ride a bike by doing it; so what are you going to decide, learn, act, do today?


Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo

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About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commisioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

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