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Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:54 -- UMAC


“Spring Forward, Fall Back” is a reminder to change your clocks for Daylight Savings which we did on March 9th.


Likewise, “put your best foot forward” is great advice towards managing your life. Going forward is the direction you should and want to be heading. The following tips align with our Taekwondo Tenets.


Here are 5 Tips to help you move forward:


  1. Go, Don’t Wait! This mantra can be applied anytime you have an idea or goal. Lots of people spend too much time analyzing and not enough time doing. So take your first step forward. As Lao-tzu says, “a  journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

  2. Discover, Don’t Copy. Are you a leader or a follower? To succeed in life, you actually need to be a leader and a follower. But if you are given a project to do, most bosses (and teachers) don’t want you to do what everyone else has already done (plagiarism). Be independent. Find your own way. Be yourself and know yourself...you are an original!

  3. Improve, Don’t Worsen! Strive to be the best you can be. Never give up or give in. Don’t settle for being “just okay”. Who wants to know that you are “just an okay student or employee”?

  4. Surpass, Don’t Lag! Keep up and don’t get left behind.. Exceed your limits. Take time to “sharpen the saw” (Stephen Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People).

  5. Peak, Don’t Bottom Out! Maximize your efforts. Always give 100%. Reach your potential. This is how you grow...enhancing your abilities, confidence, and self-respect.


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Follow these five tips and you never know where your life will take you. Opportunity is around every corner and hidden from view. Many opportunities are disguised as challenges and obstacles. In my Patch blog this week, I ask, “What Do You Do When Opportunity Knocks?” Learning Taekwondo will help you conquer the fear and self-doubt many people have when confronted with an obstacle. Hopefully you will recognize the opportunity and not let it pass you by.


Taekwondo is a terrific way to prepare yourself for life. It’s not just about earning a Black Belt. Learning the Martial Arts can be a lifelong commitment...always knowing more, doing more, and being more. As I say, ‘it’s not about the belt.’


Martial Arts philosophy emphasizes personal development and family happiness. Practicing Martial Arts without philosophy is no better than street fighting.


Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.


Master Berlow


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