Master Phil’s Black Belt Leadership Post #183: “You must find a way. You will find the way.”

Do you ever feel overwhelmed?
Do you ever think you like you’ve got too much on the go and asked yourself, “Why am I doing this to myself?”
Do you ever find it difficult to say “no” sometimes?
I feel like that all the time.
In fact, I’m currently going through this thought process as I train for my Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu while finding the time to write my book on “Black Belt Leadership”. These are two major life goals for me in 2013, while I strive to balance everything else including teaching Taekwon-Do, growing my career, spending time with my family, and taking out the garbage and compost.
Seriously, how do people do it?
Then I get inspired.
I get inspired by Georges St-Pierre, UFC Champion, who took the time to write a book, which is currently on my bedside, entitled “The Way of the Fight”, despite his intense MMA training schedule and personal brand empire he is building.
I get inspired by my friend Dr. Glenn Hoa, who is not only a successful dentist, but a father of two young children, busy enough as it is, who has taken on the role of Generation’s Legacy First Ambassador, organizing fundraising events for the past year, in support of the Vietnamese Boat People’s Museum project to be built in Ottawa.
I get inspired by anyone who goes over and above the minutiae of day-to-day life and aspires for greatness, or to do great things. Whether you are doing something for yourself to become a better, stronger, and wiser human being, and/or you are doing something in pursuit of a noble cause for the greater good of humanity, you inspire me.
But how do you do it when you hit a wall? How do you keep going when the chips are down?

How do you achieve your goals and realize your dreams when there are so many hours in a day and so much energy to go around?
In your mind, know that YOU MUST FIND A WAY.
In your heart, believe that YOU WILL FIND THE WAY.
YOU MUST = You owe it to yourself and the world around you to discover your best self and share your unique and precious gift with the world.
FIND A WAY = You know that it’s not rocket science and that the tools, resources, and mentors are at your disposal.
YOU WILL – You will find that place inside of you, that drive, that discipline, and that determination, to produce and progress, to march on towards success, if your goal is powerful enough. “Remarkable people say “I’m not going to wait for the energy to do the work.” Then they say, “I’ll do the work to get the energy.” – Robin Sharma
FIND THE WAY – You ultimately have a path to follow and you must follow your heart and trust yourself that you will do what is right, for YOU. “I do not know what power sets my way, but my feet are set upon a road that I must follow.” – Moses, in the movie “The Ten Commandments”
So next time you find it difficult to say “no”, remember that there is a greater YES inside of you.
Next time you think you’ve got too much on the go and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this to myself?”, remember that you are here to serve a greater purpose and to serve others and be thankful you’ve been given this opportunity.
Next time you feel overwhelmed, remember YOU MUST FIND A WAY. YOU WILL FIND THE WAY.
p.s. This is me on SuperSunday where I recently achieved my Brown Belt in Jiu-Jitsu and it’s been fun writing about this experience. I’m glad I’m somehow managing to find a way to keep up my training and writing. Thank you to Shihan Bill Gatchell, Renshi Steve Lyrette and to all my teachers, senseis, and classmates for helping me along this amazing journey.

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