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The Martial Art of Business by Luis Vicente Garcia

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The Martial Art of Business by Luis Vicente Garcia

Business is an art that requires discipline, persistence and skills. One of the main ideas we need to learn is that we need to increase our performance and motivation in order to achieve peak performance.

Martial Arts are systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development.

What could you obtain when you combine the principles and concepts of Martial Arts with the idea of improving your business and creating an environment to promote peak performance?

You get “The Martial Arts of Business”

In this incredible show I interviewed Winston Price, who is a master martial artist and personal trainer but also Senior Executive Producer on the VoiceAmerica Network. As such Winston is the executive producer and co-creator of my own radio show ‘Performing at Your Best: Mindset Evolution with Luis Vicente Garcia‘.

Winston brings together the intense discipline he has learned through the Martial Arts with the skills he has learned in business and marketing where he inspires, motivates and helps maximize the opportunities of the people he trains and coaches.

Join us in the inspiring and idea generating interview and learn how to apply the concepts of Martial Arts into your Businesses!

Winston Price and Luis Vicente Garcia at VoiceAmerica Network
On Winston Price:

Winston Price, Senior Executive Producer, has over 20 years of marketing, advertising and public relations experience. He began his business career in 1995 and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. [Connect with Winston on LinkedIn HERE]

Winston also is a master martial artist and personal trainer with over 25 years of knowledge and experience. Winston runs his own school, Internal Magnification Martial Arts, where he focuses on helping people reach their personal goals of health and fitness via At-Home personal training with martial foci of Taekwondo, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Hapkido and Ba Gua Zhang.

As a senior executive producer for VoiceAmerica, Winston utilizes his skills in business and personal training to help new and existing hosts maximize their opportunity with the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network by supporting his hosts with the complete business and personal aspects of creating and developing their show.

Winston believes that each host brings their own flavor to the Network.

By properly coaching and motivating his hosts, they are able to produce THEIR show with THEIR style and THEIR passion being at the forefront of every broadcast.

Tai Chi Wednesday With Winston Price

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What are You Willing to Sacrifice: Your Character Ascertained by Your Actions

Being open to judgment is one of the first lessons one needs to learn to be able to progress through the journey of attaining efficient skill.  As an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan, not only must I be able to sacrifice my prideful vanity of knowledge to be able to better understand the teachings of my instructors; also, this sacrifice must be made to be open to the critiques of my students.  For some it is difficult to appreciate the nature of proper judgment.  For some, it is difficult to understand that not all judgments are negative.  I believe if one does not attain the understanding of what judgment is they can never efficiently instruct.  Learning that judgments given are tools to help one better assess the reality of a matter aids one in developing a better understanding of who they are and where they are in their development.  Learning to be able to take criticism properly is a major skill to help develop a robust and healthy mental and emotional wellbeing.  Properly gaining this skill as a student aids the learner to properly rise to the responsibilities of an apposite instructor.  It is my belief that a fit instructor not only be able to give tutoring and censure, they must also be able to listen, understand and learn from those around them, be they mentor or apprentice. Hubris hinders proper growth.  Ignorance of meaning hinders proper growth.  One who is full of themselves, unable and unwilling to properly listen to judgment, and who is ignorant of their major and minor shortcomings is destined to fail at whatever they endeavor.  Learning to properly sacrifice to gain proper growth is necessary in the development of efficiency.  Learning to sacrifice your hubris and comfortable ignorance will allow you to better understand judgments made about you, noting that not all positive judgments qualifies one for greatness and not all negative judgments relegates one to failure.   The question is: “What are you willing to sacrifice and why?”

What people are willing to sacrifice is a significant factor of who they are.  Some people are willing to give up their personal relationships for the success they find in having depth of monetary wealth.  Some people will give everything they own to make sure the people closest to them never feel the pain of need.  Others are willing to give of themselves to the detriment of themselves, while others will not sacrifice anything they value for anything other than themselves.  Judgments made based on relevant information can be used to measure one’s self and one’s values to the value sets of those they are around and/or choose to be a part.   The question I have come to find, if honestly answered, that can bring a grand insight on a person’s nature is, “Why did you choose to sacrifice what you did and how does your sacrifice benefit you, your environment and the people you hold most dear?”  This question should be asked of one’s self, one should make it noticeable they are open to receiving this question, and this question should be asked to the people you choose to place yourself around and/or are around. Doing so will open the opportunity for one to gain a clearer understanding of reality.  The problem that arises is many people are willing to ask “why” questions to others and not to themselves and/or are willing to properly answer the question when it is presented by another.  Their comfort level decreases when they are faced with asking themselves this question or when this question is posed by others.

When “why” questions are asked about one’s actions, whether or not the question is interpersonal or intrapersonal, the answers given normally lead to judgments of a person’s character.  We are consistently being judged and judging people, this is how we choose our choices in life.  We, hopefully, accurately weigh the pros and cons of a situation with the given and relevant information available and then make a proper assessment.  There is an imposing negative connotation around the term judgment.  “Who are you to judge me”, “Don’t judge me”, “You’re judging me, stop”; these phrase are uttered in this time of ours, and to me, with no actual accurate account of what judgment is.  Being criticized for one’s actions should aid in the development of one’s being in a society.  The positive attribute gained, from understanding one’s perspective from judgment, is the ability to objectively study one’s self and one’s nature.  It is my belief that we should ask of those we place around ourselves to consistently give their account of our actions thereby giving us the opportunity to evaluate ourselves properly.  Why hold people close to us and not respect their outlook and assessments of our lives?  Shouldn’t we surround ourselves with the most loyal, trustworthy and honest people around us; which are adjectives of judgment mind you, so that we can have proper feedback about ourselves and our actions?    Not all people believe this to be true.  Some people have the desire to never understand the failures and faults of their actions.  Some people are willing to sacrifice evidence of the truth to maintain their outlook on reality.

We can measure priorities of a person by how they choose to sacrifice their time.  The choices we make sacrifice what it is we did not choose.  To make the better choice is to make the choice that betters yourself and others efficiently.  Do you spend time with those you will miss, or do you go do other things that will enrich your life in some other form or way.  Thinking of yourself solely will lead people to judge that you have no true want or desire to have them in your life, which will lead to you not having those you claim to want in your life actually being a part of your life.  The choices of your past and present define your future environment.  What do you do when you are faced with the opportunity to study and focus on a long-term goal and you also have an opportunity to develop a chance that can bring you a perceived instant gratification?  What we choose to do in our lives is a defining factor of who we are, what we believe, and what we hold the most dear.  The moments of change in our lives are preceded by moments of choice.   Our choices of what to sacrifice and what to save shows the people who are aware of the choices we make what we value most.  What we do, why we do it, and who we do it with allows the people around us access to our thought processes and they are able to assess our character accurately by the choices we make in their presence, whether we choose to believe it or not.  What it normally comes down to is the most important things receive sacrifices of the highest levels defined by our personal moral code and the least important things receive little to no sacrifices. Observing what someone chooses opens the opportunity to measure what is the most important to that person.

Choosing what work, hobbies, and other personal life matters are all issues faced when looking at one’s life as a set of options within a finite set of space and time.  We must be able to properly judge those within those realms and ourselves to efficiently make choices.  Not always must we sacrifice one part of our lives for the betterment of another part of our life.  Not always are judgments made negative.  The idea that one has to sacrifice something positive to gain in the product of another positive facet of their life and believing people have no right and should not be able to judge others because judging in and of itself is wrong, to me, is one of the greatest misconceptions people have allowed themselves to believe.  One should not have to give up positive relationships to gain in other endeavors.  One should not have to sacrifice their value set to be able to understand a person or persons of a differing moral order.  This is the difference between compromising and collaborating. Make sure to realize that not all judgments are bad.  Understand and accept what you sacrifice points out what it is in life you hold most dear and those around you will define you by their judgments of your choices; also make sure to hold yourself to your standards and rules, make sure to accurately judge yourself.  Instead of stating to people never to judge you, make sure to ask counsel of those you hold most dear in hopes their judgments of your actions will lead you to creating a better environment for in which you will exist.  Be open to the understanding that when you sacrifice your time for one thing and will not for another, you categorize what it is you hold most dear.  Make sure that what you actually hold most dear can be observed by what you sacrifice.  Make sure that what you hold most dear brings you efficient growth.  To maintain the judgment of high esteem, from yourself and others, make sure your sacrifices are evidence of what you actually hold dear and are of the effect to better yourself and those you hold most dear.  Be willing to sacrifice your hubris and your ignorance so you are better able to attain efficient understanding of the environment of which you are a part and to have an efficient effect on your environment as well.

For more information Winston’s his martial arts academy please visit Internal Magnification.  

Winston Price, Executive Producer, has over a decade and a half of marketing, advertising and public relations experience. He began his business career in 1995 and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. Winston also is a master martial artist and personal trainer with over 2 decades of knowledge and experience. Winston runs his own school, Internal Magnification Martial Arts, where he focuses on helping people reach their personal goals of health and fitness via At-Home personal training with martial foci of Taekwondo, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Hapkido and Ba Gua Zhang. As an executive producer for VoiceAmerica, Winston utilizes his skills in business and personal training to help new and existing hosts maximize their opportunity with the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network by supporting his hosts with the business and personal aspects of creating and developing their show. Winston believes that each host brings their own flavor to the Network. By properly coaching and motivating his hosts, they are able to produce THEIR show with THEIR style and THEIR passion being at the forefront of every broadcast.

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If It Works Don’t Over-Think It: Just Be … for a While

Taking time to be set and comfortable in a positive situation seems to be hard for some and too easy for others.  There is great virtue in always push and striving for better.   Also, there is great virtue in being able to disengage and allow things to just be.   As I believe Aristotle would contend, these virtues are character states of which exist in a continuum.  Within the continuum of which these virtues exist lies the ruinous nature of these states and the states that provide efficient growth.  I do implore you readily familiarize yourself with Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.  When looking through the lens of constantly questioning and pushing toward understanding the root issue of a cause, and adding the filter of utilizing a passive state to reflect and revel in progress; I believe the path to an efficient nature and environment becomes clear.  There are times for both, actively seeking and passively seeking, and when properly regimented positive growth can be not only consistent, it can be constant.

When instructing students in Tai Chi Chuan, a question that consistently comes up is, “How did I do that?  It felt like I didn’t do anything.”  My general response is, “Well, you know you are doing something right when you, and the people around you, feel like you’ve done nothing at all, and you generate the proper product”.  After my response, normally, I will watch what they did and will see them try to recreate the occurrence.  What happens when they cannot recreate the event is the student begins to become frustrated with the situation.  This is when we disengage from the setting.  Many times this is where the lesson of “letting go” starts.  I allow them the information that being worried and getting frustrated are not good states to be in when living.  I tell them that many people mix-up frustration and worry with care and concern.  The difference is the negative nature that worry and frustration carry.  At this point, the point of trying to recreate an occurrence and the outcome generated is a negative environment because they are unable to recreate the occurrence, I invite the student to understand that sometimes instead of trying to dissect a positive observance they should solely revel in the fact that it happened.  What happens, when training this approach with my students, many times they do not exactly replicate what they did; however, what is found are many other efficient ways of producing the product desired.  They learn that relaxing and letting go is not solely physical.  It comes easily to people to attribute relaxing and letting go as a physical occurrence when training the martial arts.  What many fail to realize is that for the physical to truly be relaxed, the mental and emotional states of a being need to be at ease as well.  Many practitioners get caught-up in the desire to “win” and be “perfect in technique”, because of this they become myopic.  Often they get so caught-up in what they want they miss out on many other possible efficient outcomes, and in many cases their myopia breeds corrupt techniques; techniques that are possibly effective however not efficient.

Too often, I believe, we cause a grand amount of stress in our lives trying to recreate great moments of our past.  Sometime we get caught-up in the memories of our happiness and never truly are able to live in the present which would bring us much more pleasure if we were able to let go of the past.  I believe that there is nothing negative about remembering all of the joy brought to us by the things we have done in our past.  Also, I believe that understanding what we have done and how we have done things in our past, which were completely productive and pleasurable, is necessary to have a positive and productive present and future.  However, when one becomes wrought with worry and despair attempting to generate past occurrences, the proper positive nature of regenerating past happiness and joy is lost.

Always be prepared to learn from your past mistakes, understand your past joys to be able to bring about future happiness, and be able to let go of the past and the future so that you are able to revel in your current successes.  Redefine your idea of winning if and when you become overly stressed.  That is not to say you should lower your standards.  Never lower your standards.  However, find a different approach that will allow no stress and complete efficient fulfillment of the product and pleasure desired.

Sometimes to find the most efficient way we must stop our taxing pursuance of what we did and how we did it, and rejoice in the moments positive products are produced.  When we willfully relax and allow thing to happen we open ourselves to many new and efficient ways for things to happen.

For more information Winston’s his martial arts academy please visit Internal Magnification.  

Winston Price, Executive Producer, has over a decade and a half of marketing, advertising and public relations experience. He began his business career in 1995 and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. Winston also is a master martial artist and personal trainer with over 2 decades of knowledge and experience. Winston runs his own school, Internal Magnification Martial Arts, where he focuses on helping people reach their personal goals of health and fitness via At-Home personal training with martial foci of Taekwondo, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Hapkido and Ba Gua Zhang. As an executive producer for VoiceAmerica, Winston utilizes his skills in business and personal training to help new and existing hosts maximize their opportunity with the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network by supporting his hosts with the business and personal aspects of creating and developing their show. Winston believes that each host brings their own flavor to the Network. By properly coaching and motivating his hosts, they are able to produce THEIR show with THEIR style and THEIR passion being at the forefront of every broadcast.

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