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What’s your SUPERPOWER? What are you truly capable of?

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We all have hidden talents. Superpowers that we just haven’t yet discovered! What’s your superpower? What are you truly capable of?

I was speaking with a parent this week and they said “You had to totally reinvent your business,” and I said “Yes I have. I have never run a martial arts school during a global pandemic. It is definitely something that I am new to.” As we talked about that it got me thinking about this week’s message of the week.

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What was the moment that changed your life?

Do you know the moment that changed your life? We all have a moment. A single event that shifted our journey. Want to know what moment changed my life? My moment happened when I was nine. It’s one of my proudest moments. I think it affected the rest of my life and that’s what this week’s message is all about.

Some background. My uncle taught me how to play chess when I was seven. From then on, and for the next 4 or 5 years, I played multiple games a week. When I was eight, I got into a class and our teacher encouraged us to play every day. We played a ton and I just loved it.

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What’s the most important thing in the world?

What’s the most important thing in the world? With everything that’s been going on lately, it’s hard not to ask some big questions. Inevitably, the mother of all questions gets asked.

For me and I’m pretty confident that it’s the same for most of you, there has been one solid constant. One thing that has that got me through all the ups, downs, the “I’m not even sure’s”… and that got me thinking about this week’s message of the week. This week’s message of the week is really simple…

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How Tip Testing Works

The great thing about the martial arts is that it helps people build confidence. With a built in set of goals, as students work their way through the ranks, inevitably their confidence grows. One important thing that we teach our students is that if you break up a goal into smaller pieces, it’s makes achieving your goals a lot easier. How we do that for our students, is with tips.

Most students have the opportunity to earn their tips in the 3rd or 4th week of the month. To earn their tips, they’ll need to meet certain requirments that include:

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Why it’s important to smile

With so many restrictions this year, some of the things that I love doing and that keep me active have been limited. Now, I don’t deal well with not being active…when I’m active, I can’t stop smiling. One night last week I had a great experience that made me smile and that got me thinking about this week’s message of the week.

This week’s message is very simple…

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Want to know why principles are important?

Last week I got into a discussion with a parent. At the end of it, I was reminded why my principles are important. I also knew after this conversation, that I had to revisit this message.

Our conversation went along the lines of them asking me to do them a favour. It was something that I could totally understand asking, but I was definitely not comfortable doing it. It went against a rule that I have at the school and my principles so I said ‘No’.

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The Key to Success is Effort

Arrgh! Come on! I have just spent, I’m going to say the last maybe thirty minutes trying to make a video and it has not gone well. I have stumbled, mumbled, and butchered my way through my words and have still not done what I wanted. I’ll get it done, because I’m not going to quit. The key to success is effort. But, this all got me thinking about this week’s message of the week.

This week’s message of the week is…

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The Importance of Forgiving

My mom and I had this conversation on the weekend about people making mistakes. It takes a strong person to forgive and forget but the weight that people carry being mad at someone often isn’t worth it. That really got me thinking about the importance of forgiving.

My mom to say the least, can be…passionate about things. Last week somebody did something and it really offended her. She was just outraged and couldn’t wrap her head around anybody doing such a thing. As we talked about it, I realized it wasn’t helping. I also realized she was carrying around this anger and frustration and it was really a burden. That got me thinking about the ability to forgive which leads me to this week’s message of the week…

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The Power of Habits

I was watching a tv show this morning. On the show, the people were talking about the importance of routines and habits. How a person’s habits and routines determine their success. That really got me thinking a lot about my own routines and habits and what I do. That got me thinking even more about the power of habits and how important they are. That lead me to think about this week’s message of the week.

One of the things they were talking about was the old saying “The early bird gets the worm.”. The reality is that not everyone is an early riser. Some people sleep in while other people get up early. I probably get up a little bit earlier and go to bed earlier than most. One of my close friends is the exact opposite. It’s not important WHEN you are awake. What’s important is what you do during those hours that you’re awake and that brings us to this week’s message of the week…

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When I feel overwhelmed, I take a moment & then get going.

Take a moment, breathe, then get going. When I feel overwhelmed I try to remember to do this. It’s the advice I give myself often, and it’s what I told my daughter this morning. I also thought that it would be a great message of the week as we get back to normal routines.

In the mornings, as my daughter gets ready for school, she can feel overwhelmed. She has a tough time organizing her thoughts and figuring out what to do next when she needs to get breakfast, pack her lunch, get dressed, do her bathroom stuff and much more. She finds all those things a bit overwhelming.

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