Daily Habits Success
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

June 25, 2023, Israel

Success does not come easy. It alludes most of us in most fields. We lead our lives without ever reaching our dreams, our goals. We have dreams, and then life gets in the way. We are young, we all want to be rock and roll stars, but then, you know, life happens, and dreams are put aside.

I recall doing a Krav Maga seminar at a University at New Paltz, upstate New York, I saw a posting on a billboard, it read, "This week, job fair, just in case that whole Rock N Roll thing doesn't work out."

When I was young, I was determined not to lead an ordinary life. But then, family pressure, work, etc. One university degree, and then another and so forth. And then a job at a bank, Wall Street. and then, another bank, but finally I broke free. I decided to pursue a dream, to break from convention. I wanted to become a black belt in martial arts, in Krav Maga. I wanted to "rise above the confusion".

Remember, there are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke, but ...

No reason to get excited."
The thief, he kindly spoke
"There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke"

"But you and I, we've been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour is getting late" (Shabtai Zisel ben Avraham a.k.a. Robert Zimmerman)

I wanted that black belt, I was devoted to the cause. Work opportunities, social opportunities, weddings, events etc., all came second. I wanted to improve all the time. Every day I rated myself. I did not want to fall into some routine that left me unfulfilled. 

I recalled the words of the great American transcendentalist writer, and liver, Henry David Thoreau, “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation." 1849

I did not want to live a life of quiet desperation. I was not going to resign myself to whatever just happened. I freed myself.

I had a regular job, I worked in the banking sector, in the mortgage department. I was up very early every morning, and usually went to sleep late. When the workday ended my body said, not today, forget it, go home, rest. But I made it a habit, it was as if my car would drive by itself, off to the dojo. I always arrived early, even before my teacher Itay. I would sit back, lean against the wall and sleep for a few minutes. Then we began the first lesson. A good kick to the head and I was awake. There were three lessons. There were identical. I did all three, every time. I made that my habit. And then, I went home and taught a lesson. And I slept well. 

What I am trying to share is the habit. We do not always feel inspired. We do not always feel the urge to go train but habit will take us where inspiration will not. There were also times when I gave in to tiredness and went home, very rarely but I remember the horrible empty feeling, how disappointed I felt. At the end of the tired I was tired, the only difference was that some days I accomplished something and some days I did not.

Habits: Develop good habits and stick to them. We all know that baseball players will sometimes get into a rut. There were doing great, hitting everything, and then, suddenly, they can't hit anything, they go into a slump. The fans can't figure out what happened. But the hitting coach is watching, and he will point out that the batter changed something, he fell into a bad habit. Now the coach needs to get him back into his good habits. 

Having good habits is our ticket to success. 


Earning first dan black belt, full contact kickboxing, Krav Maga, Israeli Survival.


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