Everybody Needs a Sensei

We need to FOCUS on our goals because energy flows where Focus goes.


And, in Leadership class Saturday I taught on Napoleon Hill’s First Law of Success- Definiteness of Purpose.

Definiteness of purpose is about discovering our life mission, and then going about living that mission with a burning desire.

In the class, I used the goal of getting the blackbelt as an analogy and stated that one must have a burning desire to do so.


That statement resonated wrong with one student that later emailed me to quit and confessed that he diud not having a burning desire.

In counseling him to help keep him focused and moving towards his goal I thought of a few things that are awesome about our Blackbelt Goal setting system- and then remembered how it’s a system that can be used for success in every area of life; but specifically, I was inspired to share this most important truth with you.


No one is inspired, motivated or dedicated all of the time- about anything.

The truth is, it’s hard to keep one’s focus on any one direction very long.

Of course, the hard part is that consistency and never quitting are the most important keys of success.


But doing those two things, in training, in business, in relationships or whatever, is hard.


Well, a success coach, what we call a Sensei in martial arts, is one of the keys to staying the course.

A Sensei is “one who has been there before”.

They too wanted to quit sometimes…


But they did things to stay focus on their goal and keep moving in that direction.


The truth is, focusing on a big goal too much, like getting a Blackbelt, can be a little overwhelming, which is why we use belts and all a student has to do is make it to the next one and the next one and, one day, to the Blackbelt.


We should do the same with all our goals in life- break them into short and mid-range goals along the way.

But even then, we’ll, be challenged some days.

It’s then we need the help of our Sensei.


The awesome thing is that when we let our Sensei help us through our hard times,

we develop the skills to become the Sensei doing the same for someone else one day.


Everyone wants to quit sometimes.

Everyone needs a Sensei.


Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts










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 commissioned 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.

The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.

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