When My Focus Isn’t Good Enough

You probably already know that I teach Focus.

In fact, it’s the first of the six foundational Blackbelt Superpowers that I write about in my book.

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It’s also one of our primary goals of training for students at Krav Maga Martial Arts.

Focus is important for developing youth, and also for successful adults.

In fact, I am going to share in this blog how I too need to be reminded to better focus my Focus sometimes.


When working with youth, it’s a relatively simple thing to teach them Focus.

In fact, one of our claims to fame is how well we have helped severely ADHD kids to focus their energy and become very focused, confident, and competent Blackbelts who excel in school, relationships, and sports as well as martial art because of it.


And when we work with many teens or adults, the Focus gap is also easy to identify and fix.

Most people’s lack of focus is caused by easy to identify distractions, of which there are way too many more available than ever before; and, while bridging this gap is simple not easy, and takes some hard work, it is still not really that difficult.


But even to the most focused and disciplined entrepreneur, business or other leader…

Focus is a challenge.

In fact, I am still very challenged sometimes; even though I’ve been focusing my Focus for many decades now and have improved tenfold many times.


My challenge comes in focusing my time, energy, and attention to the most important priorities in front of me when other good opportunities come my way.

It’s knowing what to say no to, in order to accomplish my most important goals.


There are very few irrelevant distractions in my life; most of what I read, watch, listen to or invest my time and energy in is moving me in the direction of my chief and dominate goals.

But occasionally I’ll have to decide about which personal or professional development, which project or initiative or which priority to keep Focus on.


Just today I decided to say no to something that I really wanted to do, because I realized that I needed to stay focused on the goals and initiatives that I am working on right now.

The reality is that I have not completed my current Big 3 Goals yet; so why was I being tempted to add something new?


So, for me at least, I have found that Focus is as much about knowing what to say no to as to what to say yes.


Having said all of this, I am proud of and grateful for all of you who have made your commitments to Blackbelt Leader and beyond.

One of my most important goals is helping everyone who commits themselves to my Blackbelt Leadership Program to accomplish their goal of becoming Blackbelt Leaders!

One of the important leadership principles to accomplishing any goal is knowing your why- and I know my why with this goal!

I have seen hundreds of times over the last 22 years what happens when one of my Blackbelts in Training stays Focused enough for long enough to become a Blackbelt Leader!

The result is amazing!

I am so proud and grateful for each and all of you who have done so over these years, and especially for the Sensei and Staff who have been with me for decades, many for most of their lives, and are helping bring up the next generation of Blackbelt Leaders today!


Wow! Just got fired up thinking about that!  About all of the uber succesful Blackbelts we have created over the years, and all of their amazing accomplishments and contributions in school, career life and calling!!!

I’m so glad my Focus is focused! 🙂


If you are currently training in my Blackbelt Leadership Program, congratulations!

We are in Blackbelt Goal Setting Season and the goal of this is to help you stay Focus on your goal!

If you are basic training with us, now is the time to qualify for Blackbelt Training and set your goal to Blackbelt and beyond!

And if you’re not even a student yet, start here.


We’ll help you focus your Focus, and so much more.


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






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 commissioned 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.

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