Shisei – Attitude
In the self-defense classes I teach, I always emphasize attitude as one of
the key ingredients to survival. The example related to me by Jim Mather goes,
“Have you ever held a regular house cat that wanted down?” What happened?
He probably got down didn’t he? At some point, you realized that he wanted
down more than you wanted to hold them. This is attitude.”
Attitude can make up for lack of technique, knowledge or other resources.
All success coaches spend an immense amount of time developing the winning
attitude in their mentorship students.
Whether you want to get better with your personal relationships, run a
successful business or survive a life and death situation, the key principles are
all the same and one of those founding principles is a powerful, never
wavering, positive attitude.
Your attitude is based on the thoughts that you maintain and consistently
think about. This is why your Sensei is always giving you a hard time if they
ever hear you say “can’t” in the dojo. As the saying goes, “whether you think
you can, or think you can’t, you are right.” Having high expectations of
yourself and knowing that whatever you attempt, you will be successful, is the
mark of a true warrior and the key to success in all areas of your life.
One thing that is very apparent to me during this difficult time and tragedy
in Black Forest, CO. is that the proper attitude is extremely important. We have
all lost something and 480 families have lost everything. We can’t control that.
We can’t control what happened to us but we CAN control how we react and
A warrior’s attitude and spirit don’t take away the pain but they allow you to
respond effectively and efficiently. Attitude and spirit make all the difference
as we work toward re-entry and re-building.
As you watch a class of martial artists train, you can see their spirit. It is
exhibited in the way they move, kiai and put their best effort into every
technique that they execute with kime and nuke. These students are exhibiting
Tamashii or an indomitable spirit.
This is the attitude of a warrior who knows how to succeed by giving the
very best in everything he does. This is the attitude of success. This is the
attitude of “Black Belt Excellence”.
This is the path of the Warrior.
Wishing you success in training and life. JWA
Shisei – Attitude