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The ABC’s of Winning

Congratulations to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on the impressive win over Brees and The Saints!

     It was a great game, as could be expected when two great teams with two legendary winning quarterbacks compete.

The truth is, I was ready to write this blog or one entitled “Even The GOAT (Greatest of ALL Time) loses some times”.

   I wrote a blog on the GOAT, Tom Brady, last week- you can read it here if you haven’t yet.


But in honor of Brady’s win, today’s blog is on the ABC’s of Winning.

     Contrary to some folklore, winning doesn’t happen by luck; or, even more prophetically, winners aren’t just lucky.

Rather it be in football, business or any other competitive endeavor, becoming a winner is as simple, not easy, as learning the ABC’s- at least the ones I am about to share with you.

          And these ABC’s aren’t only the habits of all winners but indeed the formula for those that go on to be the best at anything, or even the GOAT.


A- Aim High

  • The best aren’t satisfied with the status quo or even where they are. They set Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG’s) about who they want to become and what they want to accomplish.

B- Back It Up

  • Then they plan their work and work their plan to accomplish these goals. Championships aren’t won on game day. Success is the sum total of all the daily habits, activities and training that creates it. We have to back our goals and vision by doing the work!

C- Confidence

  • In order to win we have to Plan to Win, Prepare to Win and Expect to Win. The GOAT thinks about a lot of things preparing to win a football game; what he’ll do if he loses is never one of them.

S- Say No

  • This one was the hardest one for me……….
    • I believe I mastered the rest of these on my quest to be the best martial arts school far sooner than I understood this one.
    • The best at anything put laser beam FOCUS on being the best at that one thing.


     In order to be the best at anything,

          We have to say no to many things.


     This one was super hard for me. To be honest, for many years it just hadn’t clicked for me.

I like to be busy and working hard and actually took pride in the number of things that I could do well.

But recent meditation and revelation made me realize that I was saying no to excellence, towards being the best at anything, by saying yes to my exertion of energy, and the distractions to my FOCUS, of so many things.


So recently, I have increased my focus to concentrate on being the best at only a few things, and only one professionally.

     Our only focus at Krav Maga Martial Arts is to be the BEST Leadership development academy that also happens to teach the most practical self defense in the world.

And I honestly believe we are the best at this, and getting better every day.

     We prepare our students to Live (their best lives and to survive violence and other threats to that life if need be),

         and we Empower our students to Lead (to identify and be the best at their calling and to be the leaders in their school, work and ministry communities, families and in our society and world). 

   Read Our Mission Here.


To be the best, I have said no to many of the other things we used to be good at;

     good enough is the enemy of excellence.

So we don’t do before and after school, cardio kickboxing, MMA, full summer day care type summer camps, or any other of the myriad things we dabbled in over the years to earn a little extra income.


   Instead we focus only on being the very best at developing Focus, Confidence, Positive Attitude, Courtesy and Respect and other Blackbelt Leadership Principles in our student families, while also preparing them with the most practical self defense system and skills in the world.

That’s it. It’s what we do.

   What will the one thing be for you?


     Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

     Founder & Chief Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts 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.

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