I posted a snipped from 'The Karate Sensei' by Peter Urban a bit back, and it seemed to strike a chord. So, here's a few more from the same book -
"Karate training changes the pecking order of life in our lives, as well as that of the other people in our lives, in this life.
The essence of confidence is overkill over skill! Confidence is a feeling. It is not an efficient feeling. It is a sufficient feeling.
I see life as the time we pass between the womb and the tomb. It is important to Karate Senseis to have an adequat self-defense mechanism with an excellent understanding of CW. This is important equipment on that journey. Overkill is the word that best describes the essence of confidence. I teach my artistic students to view overkill as quality. I teach my engineer students to view the word 'overkill' as efficiency.
Karate psychology tells us that the fear of reading is part of the fear of learning.
Remember - dreams come true when the dreaming part has stopped.
Karate psychology tells us why we cannot be ourselves until we have learned to fight real good. " (As a former, and possibly current overejimacated dorky guy who needs glasses, currently wearing contacts, I fully understand this last one).
"The here and now = zero.
The there and then = the square root of infinity.
The here to come = infinity squared.
Shakespeare knew exactly the same kata you and I do. To wit, the 26 letters of the English alphabet. The rest was up to him.
Today is now!
Your religion is anything you do everyday that works good for you and others all the time.
Karate psychology introduces us to a few new words such as 'shunting' and the abbreviation 'CW,' our lives are never the same after that.
Karate psychology concerns itself with the why and how of human confidence feelings.
Any child, who reads any book on electricity today, knows more about electricity than Benjamin Franklin knew in his whole lifetime.
The book of life is brief, don't skip a page, or even a word of it."
I found Urban's use of the term 'shunting' to be worth remembering, so here's some highlights -
"Remember: it is shunting that makes us as people skip baths, meals, and payments, sometimes. Students and teachers must fight shunting.
Once a neurotic patterns happens twice, a pattern is planted. It only gets fertilized with repetition of the original reality. Laziness and unnecessary fear are excellent examples of neurotic reaction to work and to fighting. Procrastination and cowardice behavior modes are taken as acceptable alternatives for the mind energy path to be switched to. I call this 'shunting.' The amount of energy a person has from moment to moment is a critical factor which lends itself readily to intellectual rationlizaition for any chosen behavior. The term 'shunting' is my contribution to psychology jargon. Shunting is the opposite of concentrating!"
"I call poverty sin. I call shunting retardation. Shunting is nothing new, only the name is. I say that we all shunt until it is pointed out to us. Shunting is feeling one thing and doing another. Shunting is squeezing the trigger on your rifle and blinking the eyes and jerking the face away at the same time. Shunting is looking away while you're punching them in the face."
Well. Petey went a bit off the end at times, and I'm not sure how we'd have gotten on, but I do agree with (most of) this last bit -
"Karate Senseis take delight in teaching their students Karate to make them safe; not to make them dangerous! Cowardice is a form of laziness. Laziness is definitely the fear of work. It is the fear of losing that makes chess champions become super normal players. Fear works excellently in making people work harder. It ranks only secondly to ambition."
I would say, you'll become super-normal, even faster and better, because you love and enjoy what you're doing. Faster than someone in deathly fear of being punched in the face for losing? Yes, I think so. Fear clouds perception, makes you find the first, the VERY first, working solution, and imprint it implicitly.
But to finish this section -
"KARATE QUESTION - What do you do with work?
KARATE ANSWER - Attack it!
DON'T FORGET - Anyone, who cannot control themselves, is destined to be controlled by others.
REMEMBER - Worry, superstition, and prejudice are forms of shunting things in advance. Insurance, maps and understanding the subject are forms of facting things in advance. Simulation is the art of profiting from experience in advance. That is why industrial engineering is so interesting to everyone. It teaches us how to do that real good.
BLOCK SOFT, HIT HARD!
WORK HARD, PLAY SOFT!"