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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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Lockdown Update

As many of you know York Region was ordered to go into lockdown as of Monday, December 14th and as a result, for the next 28 days, we can no longer hold training in the school.  Given our planned holiday closure, this won’t affect our training too much.

That being said, for the next week, we will be taking classes back online which you can access through Zen Planner.  I’m thankful that so much work has been done that we can quickly adjust to this platform.  On top of that, we’ve made some improvements to our online program so it will be better than before.  For this week, we will be running an abbreviated schedule (Monday – Thursday) and adding to it in the new year. 

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Knowing yourself is so important.


Something happened last week and it reminded me of the importance of knowing yourself. Based on what happened, I don’t think enough people REALLY know themselves.

During our Leadership class, we talked about our personalities and the participants had to describe themselves in three words. After that, they had to identify some of their greatest strength and some of their greatest weaknesses. What came out of all of this was quite shocking to me.

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Have courage and achieve your goals.

I had a conversation with a friend last week and as we spoke, it reminded me of the importance of courage. If you want to achieve your goals, you need to have courage.

My friend and I hadn’t spoken in a long time. After catching up, inevitably, we got on the topic of how our schools were doing. When he asked me, I said “We’re doing GREAT!” Students are training regularly and improving and as a result there’s a bunch of students receiving new belts this week. I then asked him how he was doing and it was completely the opposite. I couldn’t help but feel for him and it reminded me of the message of the week.

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It’s all about developing self-control.

If you’re going to achieve anything great, you’re going to need to start developing self-control and patience.

Part of my job as a teacher is having uncomfortable conversations. This week, I spoke with a parent about their child’s progress and it was exactly that. The conversation was uncomfortable because I had to tell them that their child wasn’t ready to move up a rank. As we spoke, we came to an understanding that this wasn’t anybody’s fault. The fact was that the child wasn’t mature enough and there is very little you can do to help that. Accepting that takes self-control. Not trying to change that, takes patience.

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Believe in yourself. I do!

If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. It’s optimistic and hopeful, but I believe it to be true.

I was speaking with a student this week, and we were talking about them achieving their Black Belt. As we spoke, I got the feeling that they didn’t have a lot of faith in themself. They really questioned whether or not they’d be able to achieve their goal, and that broke my heart a bit.

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