One of the things I’ve seen in all the Master’s in Martial Arts I’m friends with is what Daniel was described as having in Daniel 6:3. Daniel 6:3 says in part “an excellent spirit was in him.” Daniel was promoted because of this. Daniel was eventually promoted to the 2nd highest in the kingdom of Babylon. This is tangible faith.
Daniel kept his eyes focused on doing what he had been taught to do. He decided to do everything in an excellent way no matter what. That is having an excellent spirit. People today complain so much. They say, “such and such was promoted at work because of favoritism.” And it carries over to every area of their lives. But then I see friends like Justin Harvey who have a Spirit of Excellence. Justin was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2015 and again in 2016. Here’s a link to where he talks about it from 2015.
Special edition the Justin Harvey show USA martial arts Hall of Fame 2015
I looked at the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary and found that a definition of faith is belief. Faith also means to draw towards anything. What are you being drawn to? I’m being drawn to excel in martial arts, my business, my personal life, in school and anything I set my mind to do. That is having a black belt mindset. The people I have as friends who are masters in martial arts made up their minds before ever reaching black belt that they would excel at it.
Do you have this mentality? Do you have the spirit of faith and of excellence? Women I’m friends and others that I follow in martial arts who excel in action movies have a strong spirit of excellence in them. They constantly train. And it shows in how they talk and carry themselves. They don’t accept for anything less than their personal best. And they are constantly working to improve themselves.
This week I was cleared from my doctor to return to martial arts from a car accident last year. One of the things that I must be able to do is push-ups. This is something that I have struggled to do my entire life. But then before I was hit by the car last year I decided I was going to beat this and develop myself to be able to do 10 to start with. I learned to do 9 prior to the accident. Then I had to quit for a while. On Wednesday and again on Thursday I began to work on this again. But, it was literally painful!
I have 2 options at this point. One, quit. After all, who would blame me? And this is the mindset many take. “If it’s painful, you shouldn’t do it!” Or you can take the higher road. This is the path that I have decided on. I went to Reggie Cochran for help. He told me what to do. And by following his advice within 6 weeks I’ve already decided that I will be able to do 10 push-ups. I’ve got a regional event in Kansas City with my company on Oct. 20th and 21st. I am going to have one of my leaders help me go live on Facebook as I accomplish this.
In the past couple of days another opportunity to quit has come up. I am returning to school on Sept. 21st. My classes will be on Monday’s and Thursday’s. But here’s my option for quitting: so is my martial arts classes. I can quit. After all, school is important! But here’s my response. Yes, school is important. But, so is martial arts! In fact, to me: martial arts are more important than school to me. So, I will between now and March do classes at a different dojo. It’s all about finding a way, not making an excuse.
We all have choices to make. I encourage you to take the higher way. And if I can help, contact me on Facebook.
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge and confess with my mouth that You are Lord. I believe in my heart that God raised You from the dead. I thank You that I am now saved from my sins and can look forward to spending eternity with you. I ask You to give me the Holy Spirit with the gifts that come with this decision. Help me to develop a winner mindset and give me victory over everything I battle. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I encourage you to get lessons on how to live this new life by going through these teachings from Kenneth Copeland: http://www.kcm.org/believers-academy/topic/foundational-teachings