4 Winning Hacks to Win at Whatever

Today for Winning Wednesday, I would like to address 3 of the greatest leadership principles that I think are essential to win.

  1. Vision
    • Where there is no Vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18)
      • We usually think of this scripture as though it applies to Leadership- and it does. But it is also essential that each and all of us has a Vision for our own life. If we aim at nothing, we will hit it every time.
  2. Gratitude
    • Whereas Vision is the vehicle that leads individuals, families, organizations and societies towards the progressive realization of worthy goals; Gratitude is the fuel for the journey. Trying to drive Vision without being grateful for all the blessings we already have, and expressing gratitude towards those that accompany us upon our journey, is like trying to drive a car or fly a plane with no gas.
  3. Focus
    • Focus is the ability to block out distractions and concentrate on what’s important. There will be no shortage of distractions on our way to where we want to go. Focus is the Blackbelt Superpower that allows us to stay true north.
  4. WIN
    • WIN is one of our acronymns for the Blackbelt Leadership lesson about “What’s Important Next”. It is a high level manifestation of Focus. You see, most people get bogged down with overwhelm when they look at all they need to do- in a job, a day, a journey, a life. This secret to success teaches us to focus one one thing, the next thing; what’s important next.

 

I hope this short lesson has been useful to you today.

These are important lessons I remind myself regularly on my quest to be my best, and also teach to my Team, family and Blackbelt Leadership students at KMMA.

The first 3 are 3 of the 6 foundational superpowers I teach about in my book, Developing Your Superpowers by the way. You can click the link to order your copy on Amazon or, if you’re a student, of course you have one because, like all else you need to succeed at KMMA, it’s included in the program!

If you’re not a student yet but would like to give our special tribe a try, click here to begin.

 

If you are a student, I would like to express my sincere Gratitude for you.

You are the ones that allow my Team and I to do what we do.

We are grateful for you.

 

I especially want to shout out to my Blackbelts and all my Blackbelt Leadership students.

The prior are the ones who walk the talk. You said you would do it, and you did- and you keep on doing so today! 

I’m super proud of the large Blackbelt class we have every Tuesday and Thursday night! You all honor me with your excellence and I am grateful!

And my Blackbelt Leadership students are the ones on that same quest. You saw the Vision and set the goal and are applying the Blackbelt Leadership principles and process to take you where you want to go! 

   I’m proud and grateful for you! 

 

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And if you are one who has made the choice to not use Facebook, please email and tell me that so I can make alternate arrangements for you to get all the same info.

Finally, if you’re not a Blackbelt or Leadership student but are part of our Basic Training & Qualification class, or a future student, you can still join the Official KMMA pageto stay abreast of all things KMMA and/or follow our Krav Maga Martial Arts Facebook page!

 

With Gratitude,

Stephen Del Castillo, 7th Degree Blackbelt, MBA

Founder & Chief Master of Krav Maga Martial Arts

Author Page: https://www.shihansteve.com/

 

 

TampaKravMaga.com and Krav Maga Martial Arts have been empowering lives through the martial arts in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years!

Founded in 2000 by Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo, a 7th degree Black Belt and Sr. Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Krav Maga Martial Arts Adult Krav Maga training is a complete adult self defense, fitness, and conditioning program for adults who want to learn real world self defense, lose weight, and/or get (and stay in shape).

If you have any questions about our program, or would like to go ahead redeem your 2 weeks FREE, you can call us anytime at 813-547-6368 or visit our Krav Maga Martial Arts website.

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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com

 

Teach them to fall

As you probably know, we are a leadership development academy and I am a consummate student and teacher of leadership.

So, when we went away to “sharpen the sword”, the term I give to personal and professional development in a warrior’s nod to Stephen Covey’s 7th habit of “sharpening the saw”, we were adhering to this important principle but also following the leadership principle of leading from the front- leading by example.

It was an amazing weekend in Annapolis and did not disappoint. We learned great leadership lessons from current and former military leaders, martial arts and industry leaders, visited the US Naval Academy and more.

We had fun, learned and recharged and I can’t wait to get back and share with those that I have the honor of leading!

 

Today, I want to share with you one specific jewel of wisdom shared personally with me from a decorated military warrior, leader and hero, CPT Hong Cao of the US Navy Special Operations Command.

CPT Cao has an incredibly impressive resume. He has served and led in many deployments around the world including Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a US Naval Academy graduate and has served as the Commandant of the infamous US Naval Dive School.

To be succinct, CPT Cao has been there and done that.

He taught us about leadership, team building and shared valuable nuggets of wisdom from his 25 year military career.

 

CPT Cao was also a student of my mentor Grand Master Jeff Smith whom many of you have met.

It was gratifying to see him honor his teacher telling stories of his growing up at Grand master Smith’s academy under his tutelage.

As a teacher of future leaders myself, it was edifying to see this great man credit so many leadership and other lessons he had gained through the martial arts for much of his success at the Naval Academy, Special Operations training and in his illustrious leadership career.

 

 

At the end of his presentation, though, I asked CPT Cao this question:

“Sir, what do you see as one of the greatest weaknesses or challenges in our society that we can help address as leadership educators”.

 

With the resolute confidence afforded only to those that really know, CPT Cao offered without hesitation, “teach them to fail”.

 

As you can imagine, it took me a minute more of listening to really understand what CPT Cao was sharing.

He went on to explain that the most important attribute of all, of all the great qualities we imbue into our Blackbelt Leaders through training in the martial arts is toughness- that fire in the belly that will never quit.

CPT Cao went on to explain, in the voice of wisdom that comes from those that know that they know because they’ve walked the walk, that failure is inevitable in any great endeavor, and that only the resilience, perseverance and fortitude that informs what we do after we fail determines our level of success in the real world.

 

Wow, mind blown and marching order accepted!

But then, CPT Cao used that powerful tool of teaching that turns theory into something far more useful;

He gave two real world success stories of personal failure.

CPT Cao shared about the time that he failed his first 2nd degree Blackbelt test under Grandmaster Smith, how he felt, what he did and what that experience did for him.

And he shared about the time that he flunked out of the US Naval Academy.

This amazing successful US Naval Academy graduate who had now had an amazing career as a great military leader was sharing with us that he had failed to make the grade his first time through.

He also shared that they don’t really give second chances.

CPT Cao told the story of all that he had to do to change that, a story of grit and stick-to-it-iveness that ends with the US Naval Academy telling him, “you’re the one”- you’ve got another chance.

 

CPT Cao demonstrated the humility element that he shared as one his four pillars of leadership by sharing with us these and even a few other lesser failures.

And he charged us with this important mission. He told us that we have to prepare our kids to fail. That we have to make them understand that, in the real world, things do not come easy.

We have to give them the toughness and teach them the skills to never quit, and to commit that we will do whatever it takes to accomplish the goal that we want.

He said that this is what is missing in society today and that only leadership institutions like ours can change it, giving our students the real secret to success.

Challenge accepted sir.

 

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts

TampaKravMaga.com

ShihanSteve.com



 

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TampaKravMaga.com and Krav Maga Martial Arts have been empowering lives through the martial arts in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years!

Founded in 2000 by Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo, a 7th degree Black Belt and Sr. Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Krav Maga Martial Arts Adult Krav Maga training is a complete adult self defense, fitness, and conditioning program for adults who want to learn real world self defense, lose weight, and/or get (and stay in shape).

If you have any questions about our program, or would like to go ahead redeem your 2 weeks FREE, you can call us anytime at 813-547-6368 or visit our Krav Maga Martial Arts website.

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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com

 

 

Turning Limitations into Motivation

Early into my 200 mile moving meditation yesterday, I had this one, which became the topic of this morning’s writing.

I know it is a very useful one to me in my own leadership development; and I believe it will be the same to you.

The meditation is this: Every limitation that we face has in it the seed of accomplishment. It is our job to turn the limitation into motivation, and even inspiration.

 

A perfect example, which was really the catalyst of this thought pattern, was when I found myself with a limitation of team members well trained to perform certain tasks recently.

To be clear, since I run a Blackbelt Leadership Academy that raises up leaders and teachers, neither was the deficiency, but there were certain other mission essential tasks that were being left unmanned.

 

My first instinct was to start stepping in and doing many of the things myself.

Then I remembered, with the help of my mentors, that this action would be the very thing that would limit me from doing everything that I need to do as the leader of the organization to ensure that we continue to prosper and grow.

So I decided instead to hire, train and develop more dream team, and to make that task the #1 priority amongst my daily leadership priorities.

 

Immediately that good choice begets more seemingly serendipitous developments and our systems and team building is stronger even than it was before.

 

On the ride yesterday, I realized that all of this began because I decided to turn my limitation into motivation, which then led to inspiration.

I then realized that we, you and I, can apply this same process to ALL of our limitations!

It’s an exciting development that changes everything, really, assuming that you are willing to accept the possibility- that YOU can use this simple paradigm shift to improve your world;

and that you know how to do it.

 

The prior caveat is to you to decide, but the latter is simple and I’ll teach you right here and now.

Simply ask better questions.

 

Instead of I’m the only one that can do that (and then “why do I always end up in this situation”, “why does this always happen to me” or some other weak questions), ask:

Who can I train to do this, to standard, and how fast?

 

Instead of “I can’t afford that”, ask “how can I afford that?”

Instead of “I can’t do that, ask “how can I do that?”

Instead of “I’m not like that (in the case of a desirable trait that doesn’t come to you naturally), ask “what do I have to learn, what must I believe and what could I do to become like that?”

Instead of “I don’t know how to do that”, ask “who could teach me to do that?”

 

There is always a question that you can ask for any situation that you find yourself in.

Admittedly, as I have earlier alluded, you can ask the wrong questions. “Why me” type of questions are always useless and do more damage than good.

But when you learn to ask empowering questions, you set your subconscious mind in motion to give you the answers.

And then, the powers that be come together to bless you, making your subsequent action fruitful and even creating serendipity to aid your way in both answering your new and better questions and turning the answers into realities.

 

What limitations are keeping you from realizing your dreams and goals?

What questions do you need to ask to change that?

How can we help?

This last question is an optional, but not rhetorical one. Remember that my team and I are here to help empower you towards the accomplishment of your greatest goals. It’s what we do.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

     Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!
Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt
Founder & Chief Master Instructor,
Krav Maga Martial Arts
TampaKravMaga.com
ShihanSteve.com


 

Did You See My 9/11 Presentation?

  Here It Is If Not.


 

It’s Level Up Time At KMMA!

  Sept 13-18 is Stripe Test Week!

  • Yellow Belts and above must have 5 Character Leadership Stripes and 3 Performance Stripes To Test for Belt Next Week.
  • White Belts may test with 3 and 2.
  • You will also initial off on your test form for next week this week.
  • All students should make at least 2 classes.

 Sept 20-23 is Belt Testing for Under Blackbelts.

  • All eligible students may test for promotion in their second class this week.
  • All students testing must attend two days.
  • All students who pass will receive their report card plus new belt and certificate at The Blackbelt Extravaganza Sept 26.

 

Sept 24-26 is The Blackbelt Retreat! 

  note: There will be no classes this weekend, but you can join the excitement Saturday by registering for Krav Camp!  All levels, including first time beginners, are welcome!

Sept 26 is The Blackbelt Extravaganza, Where We Celebrate Our Success And Cast Our Vision!

 

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TampaKravMaga.com and Krav Maga Martial Arts have been empowering lives through the martial arts in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years!

Founded in 2000 by Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo, a 7th degree Black Belt and Sr. Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Krav Maga Martial Arts Adult Krav Maga training is a complete adult self defense, fitness, and conditioning program for adults who want to learn real world self defense, lose weight, and/or get (and stay in shape).

If you have any questions about our program, or would like to go ahead redeem your 2 weeks FREE, you can call us anytime at 813-547-6368 or visit our Krav Maga Martial Arts website.

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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com

 

TBT 9/11

(My father and I a few years before I opened the dojo. You never know when you’re standing in history.)

 

Where were you on 11 September 2001?

If you were alive then, you not only remember where you were that day but, perhaps, exactly where you were exactly the moment that everything changed.

 

For a little while, a few years even, America was different.

It was as we had been inoculated against the innocent notion that we were safe from attack.

Americans came together better, and we became aware that there are those that would see us harmed; that we were not immune to a terror attack on US soil.

 

We stopped fighting each other and united as Americans.

 

It does seem like some have forgotten that, or even abandoned the ideal that America is a worthy and noble place, people and idea, and one to be protected.

 

But that’s not the discussion or purpose of my blog today. It’s just a Throwback Thursday, and I want to talk about where I was, and what my experience was on 9/11.

 

On the morning of 11 September 2001, I was in my first little dojo, a small 1,000 square foot space in a building that no longer exists, where Bruce B Downs and 54 intersect.

 

I was alone in my dojo, doing my morning workout.

 

One of my students at that time was a Marine Recruiter named Matt.

Matt was my next door neighbor in the plaza, in his own little 1k plot.

 

I was in the middle of my workout when Matt stormed in just before 9 oclock.

He was yelling something about “they hit the tower” and beckoned me to follow him.

 

I got there to watch the television coverage with him and to witness the second plane’s attack at 9:03.

For a brief moment I thought it was a hoax, or some kind of joke; but it didn’t take long to realize that this was real.

 

As with most people that morning, I was completely engulfed in the confusion of emotion, the uncertainty, and the surreal nature of the events that continued to transpire that day.

 

I remember mourning, reflecting, deliberating, praying and ultimately deciding that I needed to do what I always do, what I am called to do.

I needed to be there for classes and be there for my students that evening.

 

Of course it was a small group.

I didn’t have as many students then, nor was I as experienced a teacher.

But I did know what I was called to do.

And also what I wouldn’t.

 

We decided that we would not allow the terrorist attack to stop us from doing what we do.

When Americans stop working, stop playing, or stop leading in response to terrorism, the terrosits win.

 

So we opened for classes that night and did what we always do.

We opened with a moment of silence to respect all that had perished that day, and to say a prayer for their loved ones, the first responders and our country.

 

And then we trained as we always do.

Our Prepare To Live, Empower To Lead Mission hadn’t crystallized yet then, but it did already start with Empowering Lives Through Martial Art.

 

We got each other through. We prepared to live, and we empowered to lead- even before we knew that’s what we were doing.

 

It’s hard to believe that was 20 years ago.

My son, Shihan Harley was a baby.

The dojo kind of was too (next month is our 21st anniversary).

 

We have grown a lot in those years, in many ways; and had the distinct honor of raising up many great Blackbelt Leaders that have gone on to make incredible contributions to our country- in military service, business, ministry and other callings.

 

As I prepare to give my annual 9/11 tribute to my Blackbelt Leadership students and guests this week, I find myself making the same decision I made 9/11/01.

I am saddened, confused and concerned for our country now too; but as I teach, there are many things that I don’t have control over, and a few that I do. I focus on these.

 

So we will pay tribute to heroes past and present, we will train, and we will raise up strong, confident and competent leaders for tomorrow!

This, we can do.

 

Join us!

 

Click here to join us for the 9/11 Tribute Saturday at 10.

 

Click here to begin your 2 week free trial and orientation.

 

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

 

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts

TampaKravMaga.com

ShihanSteve.com

 

 

 

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TampaKravMaga.com and Krav Maga Martial Arts have been empowering lives through the martial arts in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years!

Founded in 2000 by Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo, a 7th degree Black Belt and Sr. Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Krav Maga Martial Arts Adult Krav Maga training is a complete adult self defense, fitness, and conditioning program for adults who want to learn real world self defense, lose weight, and/or get (and stay in shape).

If you have any questions about our program, or would like to go ahead redeem your 2 weeks FREE, you can call us anytime at 813-547-6368 or visit our Krav Maga Martial Arts website.

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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com