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3 Business Lessons from a Taekwondo Black Belt Endurance Test

Written By: Jeremy Williams

My son, Logan, had one of the most physical challenges he has faced in his life last night taking the endurance test for Black Belt at K-Taekwondo. He had one hour to complete the following: 

  • 60 push-ups
  • 80 sit-ups
  • 80 squats
  • 180 side-to-side jumps
  • 100 roundhouse kicks
  • 200 front snap kicks
  • 60 burpees with 2 snap kicks after each burpee
  • 7 zig zag laps under 57 seconds
  • 100 jumping jacks.  

 Reading it still amazes me his fortitude to push through the nausea and pain to complete all the above. It is amazing how many lessons in this experience transfer directly into being a successful business owner. 

Lesson #1 – Embrace the Pain

 Logan, “Daddy this hurts. My stomach is hurting. I need a minute.” Things you don’t want to hear as a father, yet in the growth building of this opportunity I had to stay the encourager. 

There is going to be pain when you’re a business owner. Most will choose to run away from the pain and few will embrace it. In the pain you can test your character and ability to persevere. Pain here might not be physical. It might be financial, Spiritual, or even mindset. It is in the pain, I know personally, I find the solutions to my challenges. Pain reveals and exposes things that may have been festering in the blind spots of both business and life. Pain is a warning signal. Pain is what can initiate pivoting. Pain is powerful if embraced. Don’t run from it.  

Lesson #2 – Break Things Down to Smaller Goals

 60 burpees with 2 snap kicks between each burpee is daunting. When I heard that was the next challenge on his list, I thought this would break him. I knew I could not let him see that I was thinking this so I reframed the challenge. At first we focused on 5 at a time before taking a short break to recover. I would say, “Come on Logan, just give me 5.” Once he hit the 30 mark, I reframed his thinking again. “Come on Logan, halfway there. 30…29…28…27.”  

Take your business goals and get them to their smallest increments. I’m not saying don’t have a BIG goal, and I am saying that your ability to achieve that BIG goal will increase when you can get your mindset around the smallest increment on the path to the BIG goal. For instance, you want to make $200,000 next year. That is a great goal, and it might be a large goal if you only made $50,000 in your business last year. Take that $200,000, and break it down into monthly goals. So you only need to make $16,666 (I don’t like that number) a month. Now break it down to a weekly goal, which is $4,166 dollars a week. Now break it down to a daily goal working 5 days a week, which would be $833 a day. 

Now that you have the smaller goal of $833 a day. You can engage your brain with questions like: 

What activities need to happen today to make $833? This problem is a lot easier to solve than…How do I make $200,000 in a year?  

Break your goals down, and figure out what you need to get done today to achieve the bigger things in business and life. When you figure out the activities that drive you towards those daily goals, stay consistent and persistent. 

Lesson #3 Don’t Give Up

 Logan could have tapped out. He had to take his inhaler a couple of times because he does have exercise induced asthma. His stomach was hurting because the test was that intense, and it probably didn’t help that he had Whataburger for lunch (bad parenting move on my part). Giving up would mean he would have to face the test again if he wants to advance to Black Belt. Giving up could also lead to him giving up on Taekwondo completely. I knew Logan would not give up. It’s not his mindset, and he would finish at all cost. Most don’t have that mindset. 

In business, many give up too soon. I’ve seen it over the years when someone taps out just before having a breakthrough. They are wanting results to show up immediately, and they don’t realize all the seed planting and cultivating that must happen before being able to experience the harvest. Now there are times to quit, and that is a different post for a different day. Push yourself. If the thoughts of quitting are in your mind, ask yourself, “Am I really doing everything I can to turn my current situation around?” I bet you 99% of the time, you’re not. 

Having these thoughts are often a sign that something needs to change. Growth only happens in our willingness to be able to change. This is where coaching can be very powerful because a coach will look at your situation with no emotion or attachment. The coach will help you through asking powerful questions that can help you shift your mindset, potentially and likely your activities, and challenge you where you’re letting yourself “off the hook”. 

Don’t give up. Get a coach. 

Logan finished the test. Today he is super sore, and you can see it in his walk. A well deserved rest day for him. Embrace the pain. Break the big goals into smaller ones. Don’t give up. This applies to business and life. 

Now go out and live out a great life today. You are worthy of living a great life, and you absolutely deserve it. 

Onward and Upward,
Coach Jeremy Williams
Red Hawk Coaching
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Ready to elevate your health and well being, learn more about the classes for youth and adults at K-Taekwondo by connecting with either Master Ahn or Master Anthony at 832-644-1483 or email ktaekwondo2013@gmail.com.

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Red Hawk Coaching Celebrates 3 Years | Coach Jeremy Williams

Written By: Jeremy Williams 

3 Years… This month I am celebrating 3 years owning Red Hawk Coaching; a coaching services business for small business owners. It is also my 10th year coaching business owners. I encourage my business owners today to follow your passion with commitment and tenacity. 

When I made the decision to launch my coaching business, I had several come to me suggesting it was not in my best interest, and that the likelihood of having success in this industry on my own would be difficult. My passion was bigger than the fear, and instead of looking at F.E.A.R. as “forget everything and run”, I saw F.E.A.R. as “face everything and rise”. For those that have started any business, you understand crossing the threshold into a world that solely depends on the decisions you make. Mistakes are not labeled as failure; they are learning opportunities. Everyday is a new day, yesterday is in the books, and tomorrow hosts greater things to come. There are ups and downs, and mindset is tested daily. It is not the easy path, and I will tell you it is not impossible. 

I’ve been Blessed to work with 100’s of business owners over the years booking over 10,000 hours of coaching and training. My passion is fulfilled daily helping small business owners soar both in business and life. I get to help individuals look at things differently, help them see the importance of adapting their plan of attack, and set them on the path to developing success habits. I chose the path of building my own coaching business because of what I believed to be most important to my clients, and that is a personalized experience. Each person I coach is different, each has different goals and ambitions, and unlike most coaching organizations that coach from a box, my approach is to help people reach their potential utilizing their gifts and talents in an intentional manner. I coach my clients to their goals and potential, and not to what I believe should be their goals and potential (though I believe most live below their true potential). 

3 years ago, did I see myself here? Yes. I thank those that doubted or questioned the decision which I knew was right for me after time spent in reflection and prayer. It was fuel that kept me going daily. I stand here today as a testimony for others starting their journey that yes it can be done. You have to believe in yourself. You must have a vision. You must know your WHY. What you will find is there are always those, for whatever reason, that will not want you to succeed in your passion, yet you will find more people that will root for you and support you in your journey. That has been my experience. 

If you are building your business, or you’re needing a restart, or you are at a point ready to level up, that is what I help small business owners do everyday. I have a few slots left in my schedule. If you would like to learn more about how business coaching can help, let’s start with a conversation. You can call me at 281-387-7689 or email jeremy@redhawkcoaching.com to set up a time to meet.

Onward and Upward,
Coach Jeremy Williams

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Coach Jeremy Williams Jalapeño Dove Poppers

Jeremy Williams

While my blog posts are often focused on helping others to grow both as a person and business owner, I thought I would share a little insight into my passion for grilling and smoking (Traeger 780 Series) with this simple recipe for Jalapeño Dove Poppers. Last week, I had a friend drop off 14 dove breasts from a hunt he had in South Texas. For those that have never tried dove, it is a dark meat with a slight gamey taste. Paired with the following ingredients, the taste was off the charts. Follow these steps for a great pre-game snack for the next college football game.

Step 1:

Split a dozen large jalapeños, deseed, rinse, and place in a container of ice water. This will help take some of the heat off pepper. I would recommend a minimum of 30 minutes. Note: It is a good idea to work with gloves when handling jalapeños, otherwise your hands will feel like they are on fire.

Coach Jeremy Williams Jalapeño Dove Poppers
Coach Jeremy Williams Jalapeño Dove Poppers

Step 2:

Rinse the dove meat and clean off any remaining feathers. This is also a good time to double check for any bird shot that might have remained in the meat. Otherwise, you might lose or crack a tooth. Cut the dove breast starting at the bone, and as you work down the bone, move your knife away from the center. You will end up with two pieces of meat.

Coach Jeremy Williams Jalapeño Dove Poppers
Coach Jeremy Williams Jalapeño Dove Poppers

Step 3:

Fill the halved jalapeño with a small amount of cream cheese, and arrange the halved dove breast on top of the jalapeño. With a half a slice of bacon wrap and secure the dove breast meat to the jalapeño, and then secure with 2 toothpicks.

Coach Jeremy Williams Jalapeño Dove Poppers
Coach Jeremy Williams Jalapeño Dove Poppers

Step 4:

Preheat your Traeger (or grill of your liking) to 350 degrees. I place a piece of foil on top of the grill to prevent things from getting overly messy. Grill for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until bacon is starting to crisp. Apply your favorite BBQ sauce, and finish cooking for another 10 minutes. My recommendation is go with a sweet sauce to help cut the spice of the jalapeño. I use Sweet Baby Ray’s. 

Coach Jeremy Williams Jalapeño Dove Poppers

From start to finish it took me about an hour and a half. While these took a little bit of work, the taste of the finished product was outstanding.

Coach Jeremy Williams Jalapeño Dove Poppers

Though this blog post has nothing to do about coaching, for my people that like to grill or smoke meat, I trust you enjoy this simple recipe. If you don’t grill or smoke meat, just maybe I inspired you today. BTW, this is the Traeger I personally use. You can’t go wrong.

Onward and Upward,
Coach Jeremy Williams
Red Hawk Coaching

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Kingwood Marching Band KM4B 2020 | Kingwood vs Cy Woods at Turner Stadium

Posted by Jeremy Williams

Friday Night Lights (well Saturday in this case) kicked off this last week in Texas. Kingwood hosted Cy Woods at Turner Stadium. While I was excited to see some normality return in the world dominated by COVID-19, the real reason I was in attendance was to watch my daughter march in the band at half time. Kingwood High School is one of the few military marching bands in the State of Texas. 

With only about 7 days of practice, the band known by many as KM4B put together this drill for the half time show which also featured the nationally recognized Kingwood Fillies

I look forward to the season ahead, and GO MUSTANGS!