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The Law of Personal Responsibility
By Terry Bryan
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
unconsciously to be weakened by negative ideas, thoughts or actions,
or even weak training habits, can be the difference between life and
A true warrior understands that life or death is totally his responsibility.
He can never rely on someone else possibly showing up to help.
Thus, the training we do every day – mental, physical and spiritual
-- will be the foundation for success on the battlefield and in life.
For the warrior or the sincere martial artist, personal responsibility
is not an option. It is 100% mandatory. Where you will be tomorrow
is directly dependent on what you do today. Successful people take
a high degree of responsibility over their lives, and there is a direct
correlation between a feeling of self-control and high self-esteem.
Success has been defined as having the greatest number of positive experiences
over the longest period of time. Responsible people are proactive in
making those experiences happen. Make it a point today to take responsibility
for your own life and get away from blaming others for anything.
About the Author:
Terry Bryan is the former General Secretary for the USA-NKF (National
Karate Federation), the official governing body for the sport of karate
with the US Olympic Committee. He currently is the Executive Director
for the American Black Belt Academy, a 501c3 non-profit organization
located in Colorado Springs. His column, Simple Lessons, regularly appears