Developing a Black Belt attitude: WINNING

Winning is not always about passing the finish line first, having the most money, the biggest house or having the last word. Winning is about how much of a difference we’ve made around us. If we’ve done our very best, then we’ve won, regardless of what anyone else may say. There can only be one winner in a competition but life isn’t a competition. Winning is about having a winning attitude and winning ways. Winning is having a go, even though you’re scared or think you might not make it or might not be good enough or some people criticise you. Winning is failing but trying again and again and not being disheartened by setbacks big or small. You only lose when you give up on yourself or those

Developing a Black Belt attitude: STILLNESS

No movement in body or mind. Sitting completely still free from attachment. The pure neutral state that all movement arises from. Stillness is the one constant that cannot be changed, moved or manipulated. Once an awareness of stillness has been realised, you can learn to tap into its vast space and see all movement on a physical and mental level. Remembering to take 2 or 3 deep breaths before any conflict can quickly connect you to stillness. This will in effect put the mind into neutral and allow you to clearly see what is needed, void of what you think is needed. Being still and neutral, ready to respond is the calling of the spiritual warrior. This is far more evolved than being aggressi

Developing a Black Belt attitude: MANNERS

“Please” and “Thank you” ease the way. Whether you are talking to the janitor, the gardener or your boss, one should always lead with respectful manners. Manners are a very important thing in life. They make us who we are and perhaps show our upbringing. Whether it be thanking someone, “bowing in” in class, a child standing up for an adult on the bus or many more. Manners are the foundation on which all respectful human communication can exist. With applied manners our positive and caring intent will always shine through. Manners make the difference between the civilised and the uncivilised. They’re a show of respect towards another person or group of people. Manners can be displayed in the

Developing a Black Belt attitude: KEEPING YOUR WORD

The thing I would want my child to consider is “think before you promise”. Keeping your word is about integrity and that means being sure before you say you will so something. If you want people to trust you then you must keep your word. If you say you are going to be somewhere or do something, do it. Don’t make excuses nearer the time just because you changed your mind or got a better offer or can’t be bothered when the time comes. Your word and keeping to it defines what kind of person you are. It is one of the few things you can control. To this end, be very careful about what you agree to do and precisely what and who you give your word to. Your word, once given must not be rescinded. K

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