Traci Hinton, our winning participant this month!

April 2003

Volume 5 Issue 4

Aibudo Kanji

     Well, through my time in the and experience in the arts, I have over the years, heard a common statement.  "I just don't have the time to train as I feel I should".

     You may not want to hear this, but there are things that you put up as priorities on your "list".  The higher up items get the most attention and they generally get done.  The items on the bottom of the list are always on the bottom and they never get any attention. They just "rust" away.  There are three questions that you have to ask yourself on a regular basis.

(1)  What are my highest value activities?

(2)  What can I and only I do that if done well, will make a real difference?

(3)  What is the most valuable use of my time right now?

     If you are going to be efficient at what is the most important, you must abide by the following rule!  "Do first things first and second things not at all!".  The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least.  The more honest you are with the above, the easier it will be for you to set clear priorities, overcome procrastination and to get started on the one activity that represents the most valuable use of your time.  I said "activity" and that's what is meant.  Activities are entity's outside of the "necessities" of living.  The first three rules of the "five rules", are living necessities and should never be compromised.  But, when it comes to "outside activities", there should be a priority and that is where you should put your maximum effort!  Now, set down in a quiet place, relax and meditate on the rest of your life.

"In a moment of time"

     It doesn't take much time for many things to happen, either in a good way or bad.  I'm not going to focus on the good, at this time, just something bad.  Most ordinary people wouldn't think that 5 seconds or less would matter much in the scope of things throughout the day, but mister, it could be life or death.  At the time of this writing, I just read about an automobile accident caused by pressing the buttons on a cell-phone.  How long did it take to press a button?  Not long, but what was the result?  Now to a personal point.  My wife went shopping the other night, allowed herself to walk "in front" of her cart and by the time she realized the cart was behind her, the purse she brought into the store with her was gone.  What was in the purse was (besides a very small amount of cash), two checkbooks of two different accounts, 5 active credit cards and the keys to two homes and our business.  How much time did it take to cause this nightmare?  In her estimation, about 15 seconds!  Now, what happened was bad, but what if they wanted more than the purse?  This same scenario if repeated in parking lots, several times each day, throughout the country, with disastrous results.  It not only ends up with a purse stolen, but in some instances a life.  Without you realizing it, while you are active within the martial arts, your level of paranoia, increases tremendously.  If you had a distrust in the human race, before the arts, you really become paranoid, when it comes to activities around you after living in the arts.  Is that bad?  Well, it depends on how you look at it.  Paranoid and safe, careless and, well you know the result!

     Traci was the highlight of the system this past month.  But of course, I guess he felt he had to get some special attention somehow and this was the only way he knew how at the time.  There is a downside to his success though and that is, how to top it.  We're all sure he'll figure out something.  Well, that tournament is over and gone, but there is another one scheduled on May the 10th in Greensburg, Indiana.  It is hosted by Coblentz Academy of Martial Arts.  If anyone is interested in more information, I have that and the pre-registration forms.

"Not Enough Time"

     Why is it that most individuals never seem to have enough time to complete everything that they feel they should.  Well, first off according to an individual by the name of Brian Tracy, you should accept the following rule.

"RuleThere will never be enough time to do everything you have to do!"

According to Brian Tracy, the average individual is working at 110 to 130 percent of capacity.  And if that's not bad enough, we never catch up.  We just keep piling up new projects on top of what we already have.  That's not the worst of it.  Have you heard the statement, "The hardier I try the farther behind I get!"?.  The reason is, the more you hurry, the more mistakes you make.  Making mistakes, causes you to have to redo your work all over again, and you're just that much farther behind than you were to start with.  Ok, now what's the answer?  I know, you're asking yourself, why is he talking about this in a martial arts newsletter?

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