Congratulations to Angie Goncalves for earning her promotion to Hachi Kyu – Junior Orange Belt.

“It’s not what you say, but how you say it that turns the switch from ‘off’ to ‘on.'”   John Murphy

 “Stepping Up” by John Murphy Successful people across the world will relate that opportunity quietly surrounds you. Information and knowledge are within reach. Prosperity is silently knocking at the door. Victory mysteriously awaits. Subtle and elusive as it may seem, there is no scarcity of success. Ask: How do I see the world? How do I see myself in the world? Do I see the opportunity? Do I feel worthy and deserving of success? We need people to step up. We believe in them. We see the potential. We know they can do better. We want them to succeed. We just need to see them take charge and step up. Proactive people are advancing themselves without being asked or encouraged. They just do it!

To become successful one must: – Take ownership and responsibility for outcomes – Take a good, honest look in the mirror – Take time to reflect on one’s capabilities – Take measure of one’s current state—the good, the bad and the ugly! – Take advice from wise counsel – Take a chance – Take action – Take another look life and realized results – Take a knee and give thanks for what is had in life

 An excerpt from “Living a Five Star Life” by Betty Mahalik             I’ve watched the movie Chicken Run at least a half-dozen times. Just beneath the surface of its simplistic look and story line lie a number of wonderful messages told through the eyes of a bunch of Claymation chickens trying to break out of their chicken-wire world to escape their fate at the chopping block. Their freedom leader, a feisty little hen named Ginger, comments profoundly in one scene: “the fences are all in your mind.” She reminds her fellow chickens (and us), that a bigger obstacle than the physical fences they’re surrounded by are the mental fences that hold them captive.             Perhaps your mental fence is procrastination, a deadening habit that keeps you stuck. Maybe yours is related to self-doubt, and the on-going internal noise it produces that keeps you immobilized. Perhaps yours is the belief that you don’t deserve success, so you sabotage yourself to avoid having to find out how successful you could be. There are a million variations of the theme, but the result is still the same: we stay stuck like the chickens in the movie.             One of the key questions in the Best Year Yet® program is: “How do I limit myself and how can I stop?” Those limitations are never external. They always live inside us. The antidote to being trapped by our mental fences is to create a compelling enough vision that, like Ginger and her flock of chicken friends, we’re willing to resort to amazing measures to break out. The formula: VISION + CONSISTENT ACTION = FREEDOM             I challenge you to take some bold, even outrageous steps to break free of your mental fences. If it’s procrastination, declare a “freedom day” and take action on everything you’ve been putting off. If it’s self-doubt, sit down and write out everything you value and why it’s important. Then challenge yourself to eliminate anything that doesn’t absolutely reflect your values, or add something that is a profound statement of who you are. Freedom is just the other side of action.             Recognize that your mental fences can only keep you stuck as long as you’re looking at them. They can only contain you as long as you’re not taking actions consistent with your vision. Go ahead, take the action you’ve avoided and leap into a future filled with possibilities. And remember, the fences are all in your mind!

These are powerful questions that can be difficult to answer. They sometimes surface during major life transitions such as family strife, job loss, spiritual awakenings, or the death of a loved one.             Every person is unique. There is only one of you in the universe. You have many obvious gifts and other gifts still waiting to be discovered. One of the most important questions you can ask yourself in your journey to find your purpose is, “How can I serve others?”

           “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer

            “You have not lived a perfect day until you have done something for someone else who will never be able to repay you. Ruth Schmeltzer

            Each day strive to make the world in which we live better. Isshin-ryu Karate strives to unite the body, mind and soul. Use this training to be more than just physically strong. Strive to become mentally and emotionally strong. Help other in as many ways as is possible. What happens from that point is the individual helping will reap benefits far beyond what might be expected. Many authors from the ancient thinkers to current motivational coaches say similar things, the more one gives, the more one receives. Intrinsic rewards are far more rewarding than extrinsic gains.




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