Law of Personal Responsibility
• Because the warrior deals with life and death situations, he understands the concept of one encounter – one chance. He understands that not knowing the difference between real or false, or allowing himself to be weakened by negative ideas, thoughts or actions, can be the difference between life and death. A true warrior understands that life or death is totally his responsibility. We can never rely on someone showing up to help. The training we do everyday – mental, physical and spiritual will be the foundation to success on the battlefield and in life.
• Personal responsibility is not an option. It is 100% mandatory. Successful people take a high degree of responsibility over their lives and this has a direct correlation to a feeling of control and high self-esteem. Success has been identified as having the greatest number of great experiences over the longest period of time. Responsible people are proactive in making those experiences happen. Responsibility looks forward; blame looks backward.
Scanning and The Law of Substitution
• The warrior is a master at scanning as a method of awareness. By moving his attention smoothly and continuously, he builds a comprehensive image of the current situation. There are two major errors in the scanning process fixation and omission. These are universal errors in human attention. Fixation is deadly in combat. It is imperative that the mind be alert and freely moving in combat. The mind must be in the now, not detained elsewhere. Omission is equally dangerous, because if you deny the existence of a threat, then you may miss the attack and get hurt.
• If the subconscious can only focus on one thought at a time, then our mission is to substitute positive experiences for all the negative ones. Even goals should be aimed towards positive outcomes, not trying to move away from negative ones. Negative thoughts such as doubt, fear, guilt, resentment, and jealousy all usually end up displayed as anger. If we envision a negative tree then we can starve the roots by understanding that all negative emotions are weaknesses.
We starve these emotions by denying the right to justify these emotions and take them personally. The best way is to cut it down by the trunk, which is blame. Once you stop blaming, all negative emotions will disappear. The simple statement, “I am responsible”, is the greatest substitution for negative emotions.
Law of Black Belt Excellence – 24/7
• In our quest for black belt excellence, there is no time off. This is a 24/7 endeavor. If you witness senior students they are always working on improving their mind, body or spirit. Winners feel they are destined for success and are constantly trying to grow and prepare for that time. Kaizen is the Japanese word for constant and never ending improvement. Successful people constantly read and listen to positive and inspirational books and tapes. They use their “Automobile University” instead of using the car radio – chewing gum for the mind. They spend time daily on “sharpening the saw” and on personal development. They have clearly defined and written goals and are always on the path (Tao or Do) towards black belt excellence.