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Do you ever get down?

I do.

Probably many people in my tribe can’t believe that’s true.

As a proponent and teacher of positive mental attitude, it may seem that I am just blessed with consummate happiness.

But, of course, that’s not true.


Sometimes people let me down.

Sometimes I let myself down.


Sometimes I’m just tired and overworked.

Or worried about something….


Or just melancholy about my kids growing up so fast, or struggling in some area of that all important and all challenging job of raising them up in the way they should go.


Other times I’m just overwhelmed with all I have to do and wonder how I’ll ever get it all done; or rather I’m doing enough.


Do any of these resonate with you?

Perhaps you’ve experienced some of the same, or other challenges that get you down.


Here are some of the tools I use that help me get back on the positive track, and be able to answer “super fantastic, but i’ll get better” honestly, when asked how I am doing.


  1. I focus on the things that I want instead of the things that I don’t want.
  2. I reflect upon, and remember, all the things that I have to be grateful for and all the times God has helped me through situations harder than this.
  3. I pray.
  4. I try to focus only on the things that I can control, and not the things that I can not. Some obvious, yet often overlooked, exclusions being the past and other people’s behavior and choices.
  5. Though this may seem a little like a restatement of #1, I get in my planner, get focused on my goals and my most important tasks for the day and then I,
  6. Take massive action! It almost always makes me feel instantly better.
  7. I always speak into existence what I want. That’s why my answer is and will always be “super fantastic, but i’ll get better”. As a man of my word, this simple affirmation helps me remember to always take the steps to ensure it is true.


I hope these steps prove useful to you.

By the way, my daily prayer and meditation, as well as exercise, reading and writing really help me stay positive too.


Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this.

And for all you do as my student, family, friend or just a member of my KMMA tribe.

Another thing that helps me stay ever positive is knowing that my contributions make a positive difference in other people’s lives.


Thank you,

GM Stephen Del Castillo, Krav Maga Martial ArtsMeditations On Mastery



By the way, if you haven’t heard my recent podcast interview with Master Amanda Olson, aka “Master Mom”, check it out!

She lays down some great wisdom on that all important and all challenging job of raising them up in the way they should go I was talking about!



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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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