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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


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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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