“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.” — Vince Lombardi
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they approach… or avoid… competition. I was never more keenly aware of this than just the other week while standing next to a blind man about to compete at a Kuk Sool Won Korean martial arts tournament. He stood out as the only person in the noisy, crowded gymnasium standing implacably straight and calm, like a royal guard keeping watch quietly by the wall, as he awaited being called to enter the ring. I introduced myself and informed him that other competitors were stretching now, so this could be a good time to loosen up. I stood transfixed, watching him enter the ring and stretch, as he prepared to compete in empty hands form and techniques. With single-minded focus, he demonstrated proficiency in defending himself against an unseen attacker who grabbed both his arms… and pounced on him with a knife. Later in the day, he displayed these martial arts techniques as part of the special master’s demonstration to wild applause:
What an inspiration! Those who keep doing their best, despite the challenges, motivate everyone. This and other master’s demonstrations at the tournament showed people challenging themselves to go beyond what they may ever have thought possible, thereby encouraging us to consider transcending whatever limitations we may face in our lives. Another amazing master’s demonstration was given by Master Sung Jin Suh, displaying a beautifully elegant Kuk Sool fast hands form:
I gain important aspects of a winning attitude when viewing people doing extraordinary things, as I stretch my imagination of what may be possible for myself. Could I do as well with self defense techniques if unable to see? Hopefully so. Could I learn to move with tremendous grace, strength, flexibility and speed? I’d love to know!
Is there something in your life you wish you could be or do… but for some reason, you feel it’s just beyond your grasp? You can watch this video to join me in a meditation to get and keep a winning attitude:
You can feel successful in all areas of your life, gaining a sense that you’re on your way to your best possible future life. Keep imagining how good it can get, knowing you’ve got tremendous support and love as you are perfect doing and being what only you can do and be!