It’s Your Choice
The most powerful muscle we have is in between our ears.
At Krav Maga Martial arts we train students’ physical muscles, their strength and endurance, through martial arts exercise.
This is important, because it allows them to perform their martial skills, prepares them for real world self-defense and, combined with healthy nutritional and other wellness habits we also develop through training, creates for health, fitness, and longevity, plus the energy to accomplish the wildly audacious goals that we teach our students to set and get!
But the most powerful training we do is training the mind.
The most important outputs, reference the accomplishment of goals and the quality of life we have, are our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.
These form an interdependent engine with which one can drive the choices of one’s life.
I am not exaggerating when I say that these outputs, and the driving of said choices, are the prime indicator of success and happiness.
All else is just circumstance.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am neither insinuating that the mastery of these outputs is simple nor easy; only that they’re imperative.
How good we can drive our choices is directly correlated to the quality of training we have applied to our mind.
I earnestly believe that this is, in fact, the most important benefit of our training program in general- the product of our Blackbelt Leadership program.
Sure, our Blackbelt leaders also look and perform like superheroes by the time they earn their 2nd Degree Blackbelts….
But it is really the choices they are equipped to make, because of the Blackbelt Leadership mental training process, that makes them champions of life.
Consider a few of these choices:
- The choice to Focus the mind on what we want instead of what we do not; on the positive not the negative and towards the accomplishment of the goals we set.
- The choice of healthy and productive Respect for self and others.
- The choice to apply Discipline daily towards the realization of the things we say we want.
- The choice to move Confidently in the direction of our dreams, despite fear or obstacles.
- The attitude of Gratitude that ensures a happy and healthy life.
- The choice of Vision- and specifically Vision that creates new, exciting, and empowering realities for the Blackbelt Leader and all those around one.
In closing, I’ll comment on something I often say that I am perhaps modifying here.
Often, and especially when I observe someone succumbing to their own limiting beliefs, self-fulfilling prophecies, or otherwise destructive mental programming, I have told them that “everything in life is a choice”.
Well, this is true.
However, the candor in which I said it missed the important point of this message: these choices are simple, but not easy.
The ability to wield the power of the mind in a positive, productive and creative way is in and of itself a knowledge, skill and aptitude, not just an attitude.
Like the body, the mind requires training, and even more of it.
Only the trained mind can easily make the right choice.
Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!
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.
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.
See stephendelcastillo.com for more information and to order my book, Developing Your Superpower, Meditations on Mastery, Volume 1.