Ep 045 - Consistency Dictates Results

We talk about the importance of good choices, good practices, and quality rituals.

  • The definition of a ritual is: “An act or series of acts regularly repeated in a set precise manner.” Another way of saying “regularly repeated” could be consistent.

  • Two things that help us become more consistent are leadership and fellowship.

  • Even though consistency is so powerful, results are not able to be observed right away. And because we are hardwired to seek instant gratification (especially in today’s world), it is often difficult to maintain and sustain being consistent.

  • Being consistent means you commit yourself to a task, activity, or goal — and to stay engaged without distraction over the long-term. It sounds very simple, but it's not easy. And although it's not easy, it simply works. It's the most important factor in leading to accomplishment and success.

  • Hear some of our suggestions on how to become consistent in making wise choices and developing beneficial habits.

 

“What You Do Every Day Matters More Than What You Do Once In a While” — Gretchen Rubin

“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.” — Tony Robbins

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” — Tony Robbins

 

What do you do consistently that makes your life better? Tell us in the comments.

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Ep 044 - Relationship, Leadership, Hardship

Out of an impromptu talk with a teenage black belt came the discussion for this episode:

  • RELATIONSHIP
    It’s important to cultivate REAL relationships. People are in our lives either for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Learn the difference.

  • LEADERSHIP
    Leadership is like an arrow. The arrow’s tip (the leader) must have mass behind it (quality relationships), otherwise it’s nothing. Find good leaders and mentors (ones with no hidden agendas). Follow them and emulate them.

  • HARDSHIP
    Realize that not only WILL you fail, you NEED to fail in order to grow. Endure hardship. Know that there WILL be suffering at times. We must learn and grow (mentally, physically, and/or spiritually) from failure and suffering. Last week we talked about remaining calm to “weather the storm.”

Here’s the video “The Millennial Question” from Simon Sinek that we talk about:

Tell us about a relationship (good or bad) that has changed your life. Is there/was there a strong leader that you learned from? What hardship changed you and made you grow as a person? Tell us in the comments.

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Ep 043 - Martial Arts Philosophy Applied in Everyday Life with Sensei Tim Spiess

If you’ve heard our show before you’ll know we use principles from the martial arts as the foundation for discussion, but in a way so that the concepts can be appreciated by everyone — even those who are NOT martial artists. Our show is intended for anyone who’s looking to live a healthier, cleaner, more vibrant, fulfilling life and become a better, stronger person.

We continue to follow that format, however, if you ARE a martial artist you’ll really appreciate this episode. Sensei Tim Speiss, who is also a federal agent, is another very experienced, accomplished martial artist. He and Sensei Hoover, in fact, have a common teacher. For many years they both trained under Master Tim Hawk.

They discuss how martial arts are seamlessly woven into the fabric of their lives. Hear about:

  • The 45 degree angle principle to get a different perspective on things

  • The hurricane concept, and how remaining calm when faced with “high winds” and dynamic activity can help you “weather the storm”

Have you ever taken a step back and by physically observing something from a different angle the situation changed? If so, give us the details in the comments.

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Ep 042 - Thanksgiving - Appreciation, Celebration, Separation - A Holiday

The Hebrew word Kadosh (קדוש) translates to "holy" but really means "to separate" or "to set apart." Therefore, a HOLIday is a SEPARATE day — a day that is to be treated unlike others. There is appreciation, respect, and caring that isn't present at other times. On this holiday — Thanksgiving 2018 — Sensei Hoover and Steve Mittman talk about their blessings and blessings we can all be grateful for.

Being thankful makes your life better in more ways than we could ever cover in our podcast. One thing is for sure — the more thankful we are, the better life becomes. And the better life is, the more there is to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

What does Madonna have to do with this episode? You’ll have to listen to find out!

What are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments!

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Ep 041 - Dealing with Aggressive and Unwanted Behavior

Anger, aggressive behavior, and conflict is on the rise among drivers, coworkers, all over social media, and even within families — locally where we are based in Allentown, PA and the Lehigh Valley area — and also worldwide. There are scientific studies that prove this, but even setting those aside it’s very apparent that aggression is rampant.

  • Aggressive behavior sneaks up on you when you're least expecting it

  • It’s easier said than done, but we must strive to ignore what other people are thinking

  • When aggression is directly in front of you and it cannot be avoided — that is different

  • In that case it needs to be handled accordingly — hopefully self-discipline and control of your emotions kick in to address the situation appropriately

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Ep 040 - No Matter How Diverse, We All Breathe the Same Air

This episode is especially for anyone in a leadership position — teachers, coaches, managers, etc. It's a great reminder that by helping others — YOU will be more fulfilled. Conversely, by taking care of yourself — THOSE AROUND YOU will be more fulfilled. Again, the duality of yin and yang is present.

Raul and Julie, husband and wife, are two martial arts students from HKA. They join Sensei Hoover and Steve Mittman to talk about the opportunities teachers have to change lives. Julie has been a teacher for many years and has used her position to positively affect countless students — in numerous and various ways. She's able to do these things — major to minor — because she comes from a source of mental, physical, and spiritual strength. She has this strength because she does what it takes to nurture it. Because she is "in a good place," she has "it" to give to others. She takes her role as an educator very seriously, as all teachers should. Listen and you'll see for yourself. You'll also hear about:

  • How we breathe and bleed the same

  • Why we bow in class and to each other

  • How neither culture nor religion separate us

  • Why we wear the same uniform, and sometimes no belts

  • How our martial arts dojo is a microcosm of the larger world

  • Why Julie prefers the word “acceptance” over the word “tolerance”

  • The principle we all abide by is to work hard and strive to be the best we can be

  • Our own unique stories and backgrounds, yet how we are ultimately all the same

 

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal. — John F Kennedy

 

What have you done to get to know someone and genuinely show your interest? How did they react? Comment below — or reach out and let us know privately with the Form on the right.

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Ep 039 - No Need To Act Tough, Find Your Comfort

We all need something that comforts us. If you don’t have someone, something, or some place — you MUST find one. Having a source of comfort allows one to handle uncomfortable moments. Just like the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” says, “There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn), and a time to every purpose under Heaven” — there is a time to be a “tough guy or gal” and a time to not be. Being kind, compassionate, loving, thoughtful, and considerate, does NOT make a person any less tough. In fact, embracing those traits makes us even stronger — stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually. Having a comfort zone is one of the ways you can deal with being uncomfortable.

No need to “act” tough. True strength comes from within when you own your space. A peaceful warrior is a good soul — a good person — and one who doesn’t care what others think about them.

What’s your source of comfort? You heard Sensei Hoover mention relaxing with his wife. Steve mentioned his daughter’s Hello Kitty thermos. Comment below — or reach out and let us know privately with the Form on the right.

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