Mental Jiu Jitsu #7: How To Avoid Being A Low Achiever

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The Bam Bam Martial Arts Academy Mental Jiu Jitsu Series #7

The Principle Of Positive Self-Direction

What is positive self-direction?

Having positive self-direction means living your life according to a plan. It means having clearly defined goals for what you want to achieve in life.

Winners are always goal-oriented people. They live life on purpose. They set clearly defined goals and refer to them all the time.

Losers are people who wander aimlessly through life or self-destruct. They have no purpose or direction. They wander through life like a ship without a rudder and no destination hoping the tides will take them somewhere nice.

Why is positive self-direction important?

GOALS ARE CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS. Studies have shown the setting goals is one of the easiest ways to increase motivation and performance.

Goals are critical for motivation because they give you something to focus on and a reason to get out of bed and get to work on something you value. They add PURPOSE to your life! They keep you from getting BORED with life! IF YOU ARE BORED WITH LIFE YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH GOALS!

People who do not have self-direction lead unhappy, aimless lives.

Since they fail to plan they plan to fail. The reason why most people never reach their goals is because they never define them in the first place. They fail by default.

“The secret to positive self-direction is in establishing a clearly defined goal, writing it down, and then dwelling on it morning and night, with words, pictures and emotions, as if you had already achieved it.”

Remember these three simple steps to goal setting – set a specific goal with a deadline, write it down, and look at it every day

Action Item: Write down 5 -10 goals that you would like to achieve
in your lifetime. Return them to get a merit stripe.

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Father of eight, Dr. Scott Sullivan is the chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and is a seasoned martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience. A firm believer that martial arts really does help people become more fit, safe, and happy, he remains vigilant about helping people improve their lives through martial arts.