Time For A Reboot?

Soon we will celebrate the arrival of another New Year.

   Millions of people in the US and abroad will celebrate this.

Yet, the New Year isn’t real…

   like the operating system on the computer upon which I’m writing this message, the idea of a new “year” is a man-made construct.

But my reason for bringing this up isn’t to discuss the great debate of rather time exists or is just an illusion, As Einstein suggests, but merely to evoke the analogy to the operating system in order to make another point.

If you’re like me, when your computer system starts bogging down or acting funny, you know what to do….

    if you’re like me, it’s the only thing you know to do.

You reboot it.

That’s what the new year is for me too.

   I use the new year as a time to reboot the system- to reflect and evaluate what has worked and what needs to be better, to decide what programs I need to delete and which I need to install.

For the purposes of my argument, there are three key types of programs that I need to decide about:

1. My systems-A system is a group of interacting or interrelated elements that act according to a set of rules to form a unified whole. It’s a good idea to decide what systems we are going to use in our personal and professional lives to move us towards our goals. After all, without a system, we’re guessing. So we should decide on the exercise, diet, financial, professional and other systems we will apply in advance, so that we can execute when the time comes. Time management, itself, incidentally and ironically given my opening argument, is one of the important systems to decide upon. My team and I use The Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt by the way.

2. My habits– One of the most important pieces of software we need to apply if we are serious about goal getting, are our habits. Our Vision and goals tell us where to go, and our Discipline fuels the trip, but our daily habits are the single most important indicators of rather we will succeed.

A few great books on the subject are Atomic Habits by James Clear, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy or The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Another great book to read this time of year is Developing Your Superpowers by yours truly by the way. 😉

Some of the habits I am practicing this week, to be up and running before the new year, are: bed by ten and up by six, morning rituals and exercise, daily reading and writing, and intermittent fasting, to name a few of my personal ones. Of course I have some for my professional and leadership goals too.

3. My environment- In the computer world, the term environment refers to the state of a computer, determined by a combination of software, basic hardware, and which programs are running. For my analogy, we shall also name as software the scripts we are running. This is crucial.

For many years I ran negative scripts that had been programmed into me in youth. It took a lot of conscious reprogramming to change that. Consider areas of your life where you “just act” a certain way, despite knowing you shouldn’t. These can very often point to negative scripts still running in your sub-conscious. The good news, is you can reprogram these. I’ll help. 🙂

The hardware in our analogy refers to our health. We have only one body in which to live, and that hardware deteriorates from year to year…

    but we can and should control that.

How we eat, exercise, and the quality of our thoughts, emotions and associations all influence how long our hardware holds up, and how well it will operate.

       And we already discussed the importance of what programs we are running.

Speaking of what programs we are running, congratulations if you are already a part of my Blackbelt Leadership Program.

   It’s a Program composed of many smaller programs that collectively work together to create awesome systems, habits and environment that create confident and competent Blackbelt Leaders, prepared to survive and thrive and empowered to lead.

If you’re not a student yet, start here.

   And if you need a reboot, see you next week! 

Classes resume January 2, 2024!

                                  Reboot to your best year ever! 

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts

For today’s present, the great Shihan Kyle with a few great exercises you can do this week to warm-up the hardware. and Krav Maga Martial Arts have been empowering lives through the martial arts in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years!

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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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