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Monday, December 20, 2010


Doing What Does NOT Come Easy

Wouldn't it be nice if becoming a success was easy? Unfortunately, it's not. It takes consistent daily action, calculated risks and well...work. Work that involves doing things that don't come easy.

Working like that just doesn't sit well with most people, and that's why most people never reach their ultimate potential and spend their whole life wishing and hoping for things to be different. Wishing and wanting and hoping are not strategies...or actions.

You already know what it would take for you to become an uncanny success. The question is, are you willing to DO what it takes?

Most people aren't.

They don't want to give up doing what comes easy or what they're used to or what comes along to fill up their time. Doing the things they would need to do to change their situation just isn't convenient - they have to give up things they're used to.

Successful people behave differently. They don't base their pursuit of excellence on the actions that are easy for them. They base their actions on what will make them a success.

Stop trying to get ahead by doing the things that feel safe, comfortable and easy - that will just get you more of the same. Determine what actions will make you proud of your accomplishments and then do them, however inconvenient and difficult they may be. Only then will you lead the life you desire.

Choose excellence!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


The Holidays means extra shopping time, carrying extra bags, more cash in your pocket and enough on your mind to keep you distracted. All of those are a dream come true for pick-pocketers. This is their busy season. Come on, a guy has to make a living after all. Who needs those legit employments when you can make a killing this way and not having to pay any taxes on it.
Here are a few tips to help you retain all of your belonging during this Christmas Season.

• Keep an eye on your child. It's okay to let children look around and have fun while they shop, but they also need to understand that it's important to stay near their parents
• Teach your son or daughter what to do in the event you get separated. The best option is to instruct your child to look for a security guard or police officer, or go to the customer service desk where people are trained to help.
• Try to shop when the mall is less crowded -- during the weekday, or at night when malls stay open late for holiday shoppers. Avoid the weekend rush, when it's easy to lose children among crowds.
• Make a list of your major credit cards, their account numbers and the phone numbers to call if cards are lost. Keep this list at home
• Don't dangle your handbag from your shoulder. You are creating a perfect setup for a purse-snatcher. Instead, keep your purse tucked tightly under your arm, slung around your shoulders or better yet, don't even carry a purse. Carry just the necessary cash/card in a small bag around your neck. If you do carry a purse make sure it is zipped, closed snapped shut so no one can just slip their hands inside. You can also choose to wear a fanny pack facing the front instead. Besides allowing your hands to be free to hold onto or carry your child, you’ll eliminate the possibility of leaving your purse behind or having it stolen.
• Never carry valuables in your back pockets
• Don't "flash" large rolls of money in public. You never know who's watching!
• Check to see you’ve been given back your card once you’ve paid for what you bought. Also verify you have the correct change and take time to secure it before you move away from the counter. Don’t try to be nice to the people behind you by doing so in mid air away from the counter.
• Carry a reusable large bag where you can store all your smaller bags into. This will prevent you from forgetting a bag somewhere or from someone slipping one away from you. You probably would not notice the fact that it is missing until you reach your home.
• Make several trips to your car to deposit packages in the trunk. Don't allow yourself to become so burdened down with packages that you become a tempting target.
• Avoid carrying large, heavy packages that block your vision and make you a target for purse-snatchers.
• Don't "flash" large rolls of money in public. You never know who's watching!
• Don’t talk on your cell phone. It is a huge distraction and that is what thieves are looking for in a target
• Look and act as calm as you . People that are look frazzled make and easy target
• A common practice is to work as a team. One bump into you and while you are busy apologizing the other will relieve you of some of your belonging.
• Park in a well lit area. Pay attention to the cars that are parked next to yours and to the people wandering about in the parking lot. If something does not look right, go back inside.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lesson learned: stay out of dark alleys and dangerous places

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I finally found 2 expert knife fighters. They will be hosting a class for us next month. Sign up early, limited seating.
After class we are all going out for sushi

Friday, December 3, 2010

Multi-layered training

We are all busy and need to make the most of our time. Multitasking is a word we all use every day. Why not include your training in this thought process. I call this multi layered training because there are so many facets to this method, some you probably won’t realize until much later.

Running outside on a cold blustery winter day is probably not the first thing that came to your mind, is it? Well it should have been. It is an awesome training opportunity. You have so much more than the benefits from the aerobic training part of it. This is very much a multilayer type of training.

We had rain a few days ago followed by snow and gusty wind. So there is a thin layer of ice under patches of snow and snow drifts blown all over. Challenging to say the least. On top of the difficulties of a long run, I had to constantly adjust from the dryness of the pavement, to the danger of random slippery patches of ice, to the sprain magnet of deeper snow drifts. I had to be constantly on my toes (no pun intended), paying attention and adjusting to the environment. Talk about flexibility, balance and awareness training. Plus it is an incredible interval training (so good for fat loss). I could run fairly fast on the dry pavement, come to a tactical slowing down when encountering ice and the snow bank would add the extra weight and thus work my legs a bit more. You can’t find training like this on a tread mill… impossible. Especially when you couple this with random freezing gust of wind, this just plain toughens your skin… in more ways than one. We all need to be able to overcome the challenges we are faced with. This is a good way to get in the habit to do so. Become mentally flexible.

Adapt, overcome, improvise. The world is my dojo.

On the way back, just when I was getting tired from an already very long day, I encountered a rather large dog whose toothy grin brough T-rex to mind. What to do, what to do… let’s have a quick tactical analysis…. Hmm…., I am cold and tired, I have one eye glued shot and icicles hanging from my nose (yeah I know… sexy), the dog is loose but confined himself to his front yard , yes his teeth are showing but he is not making an aggressive move toward me, with a dog this size the owner would have tied or corralled him if he was unusually aggressive. Results from the tactical analysis: that poor dog is just protecting his home, I stay the course. Of course I am not provoking this giant dog-asaurus, I am not challenging him, (hmm, where have I heard before?) I just stay calm and on task. Show that stage presence we discussed a while back. I was neither a threat, nor was I looking like a victim. Piece of cake. Warm shower… here I come

So during one simple run, I worked on my aerobic, my fat burning ability, my balance, increased my leg strength, my environmental awareness, my stage presence, my mental toughness, my capacity to be flexible (physically and mentally). I probably am missing a few things that I inadvertently worked on. I feel great physically, mentally and emotionally. I worked out hard and accomplished a lot.

How many “layers” can you add to your regular training? The world should be your dojo. Never stop training, your body and your mind.