“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” (George E. Allen)
Hanshi William H. Duessel visited the Isshin-ryu School of Karate this weekend. He joined us for classes and conducted seminars on Friday and Saturday.
Friday’s seminar focused on self-defense techniques, releases, and arm/wrist locks. Hanshi stressed the importance of using “the technique and not strength” to make it work.
Saturday morning, Hanshi joined us for classes at the Panther Valley dojo, and worked kata and combination drills from seisan, seiuchin, wansu, kusanku and sunsu.
Saturday afternoon we went back tot he Hackettstown dojo for a seminar that covered some of the basics and one-step drills. We finished by working several of the multiple attacker drills that were taught to Hanshi by Tatsuo Shmabuku when he trained in Pittsburgh in 1964.
We had a great time, as always, learning from and spending time with Hanshi.
“The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” (Robert H. Schuller)
A study was done at the University of PA with 350,000 business people, sales people, entrepreneurs and professionals over a 22-year period. Each subject was asked, “What do you think about most of the time?” The top 10% responded, that they think about what they want and how to get it. They think about where they’re going and how to get there.
Conversely, the unsuccessful people thought about what they didn’t want. They worried about things that happened in the past that made them upset and angry. They shifted responsibility, they consistently thought about “who was to blame” for their situation.
Top people think about what they want and how to get it while average people think about what they don’t want and who is to blame. When you direct your attention upon what you want and how to get it, your whole life begins to change for the better.
You are extraordinary! Begin revising your thinking by accepting the fact that you ARE a remarkable person, possessed with incredible abilities and potential. You are capable of achieving anything that you really want in life.
I meet many very successful people and I often ask them, “What was your childhood like?” And they trace back to their mother or father or both who told them over and over again, “You can do anything you put your mind to” – and that rang in their young minds. When they grew up, this was their template; their frame of reference. That they could do anything they put their mind to. This is what you should say to yourself! I can do anything I put my mind to. I have unlimited potential!
Your self-concept determines what you think about most of the time. The discovery of the self-concept is the greatest breakthrough in human psychology in the 20th century. Your self-concept is a bundle of all your beliefs and abilities, this determines the way you see the world around you. You don’t see the world the way it is, but the way you are. Your self-concept is the power in your personality. It’s a source of your energy, enthusiasm, attitude and your happiness. When you like yourself, your self-esteem improves, your personality gets better, you feel happier with lots of enthusiasm, and your sense of value and personal worth increases. Your feeling of self-respect and personal pride improve. Setting big goals will cause you to like yourself more and see yourself in a more positive light. You will think better about yourself and you will feel and perform better in every part of your life!
We know that top people, the leaders, the superior men and women who we admire and respect are very clear about their ideals. Unsuccessful, unhappy people are very fuzzy about their ideals. Top people will never compromise their ideals and values for anything. Average people will compromise for the slightest advantage or short-term gain. The starting point for great success is to consistently be the very best person you can possibly be, and to have great clarity about who you are, what you believe in, what you really care about and what you stand for.
Your self-image is the way you see yourself and think about yourself, thereby determining your performance and effectiveness in any particular task or activity. The person you see is the person you will be. Psychologists sometimes describe your self-image as your inner mirror. It’s the mirror you look into to see how you’re expected to behave before you go into any social situation or sales conversation. Your walk is relaxed and confident, and surprise – this inner picture becomes your external reality!
Everyone has a mental picture before they go into a situation. Successful people replay pictures of previous success. Unsuccessful people replay pictures of previous failure. The subconscious mind is unable to distinguish between real or imaginary experiences. If you have positive and successful experiences and you replay them in your mind, your subconscious will record it as a new success experience. When you go into a new situation, your subconscious will say: “I’ve been here before, and you are really successful in this area; I’ve already seen you succeed 50 times!” Now you are operating under a tremendous feeling of confidence, poise and calmness. You can choose the thoughts and pictures you play in your mind. Think only of your very best experiences prior to every event.
THE IDEAS IN THIS MONTH’S SELECTION ARE NOT NEW AND WE HAVE SEEN THEM IN THE NEWSLETTERS, BY NUMEROUS SUCCESS COACHES, EDUCATORS AND PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. WHAT IS UNIUQE IS THE WAY THIS STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA DURING A 22-YEAR PERIOD WORKED WITH 350,000 PEOPLE. OUR DOJO STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF EACH INDIVIDUAL AND WORKS TO HELP EACH PERSON REACH HIS OR HER FULL POTENTIAL. WE HELP TO RELATE GROWTH BY PROMOTIONS EARNED THROUGH EACH PERSON’S EFFORTS. NO TWO PEOPLE ARE THE SAME BUT EACH PERSON IS CAPABLE OF GREAT SUCCESS, REGARDLESS OF RANK. MORE THAN TELLING ME WHAT RANK YOU ARE, SHOW ME, WHILE IN THE DOJO AND IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE. THERE SHOULD BE THE SAME DEMONSTRATION OF KNOWLEDGE, SPIRIT, KINDNESS AND ENERGY. CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATE DURING TRAINING, THAT KNOWLEDGE, ABILITY AND DESIRE TO IMPROVE ARE COMBINED. AS A RANK IS EARNED EACH OF US SHOULD NOT BECOME COMPLACENT AND SAY TO OURSELF OR OTHERS, “NOW I CAN TAKE IT EASY BECAUSE I HAVE ACHIEVED THIS LEVEL AND IT WILL TAKE MORE TIME AND EFFORT TO EARN MY NEXT PROMOTION.” WHERE WOULD WE BE IF THE PEOPLE WHO HELP TEACH THE CLASSES WERE SATISFIED AND COMPLACENT? HANSHI DUESSEL WAS PROMOTED TO 9TH DEGREE BLACK BELT IN 1990 AND BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE 10TH DEGREE BLACK BELT IN OUR ASSOCIATION, THERE IS NO HIGHER RANK HE MAY EARN. HE STILL WORKS EVERY DAY TO IMPROVE SO HE CAN HELP OTHERS. SHOULD WE DO ANY LESS?
PLEASE PAY MONTHLY DUES AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH MONTH.
ADULT SEMINARS AT HANSHI TEMPLE’S DOJO – OCTOBER 4TH. MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND.
THE COST IS MINIMAL AND WHAT MAY BE LEARNED IS HUGE.
HANSHI DUESSEL WILL BE HERE OCTOBER 9TH AND 10TH – – – PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND.
FRIDAY EVENING 6 PM TO 7:30 PM – – – AT THE DOJO (JUNIOR GREEN BELTS AND ABOVE AND ADULTS) – – COST $10.00
SATURDAY AFTERNOON FROM 1:30 PM TO 3:30 PM AT THE DOJO FOR ADULTS – – FOLLOWED BY A GET TOGETHER AT KYOSHI’S – – – COST $10.00
TOURNAMENT FOR THE MT. ARLINGTON F.O.P LODGE #78
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH
IT IS CLOSE TO HOME – – AND PRICED REASONABLY.
SEE KYOSHI IF INTERESTED.
Congratulations to the students who earned promotions since our last newsletter:
- Junior Green Belt #1
- Shayne Davies
- Arshdeep Singh
“The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it – every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.” (John D. Rockefeller III)
“What worries you, masters you.” (Haddon W. Robinson)
Money will buy me a house, but not a home, a bed, but not a good night’s sleep. (Zig Ziglar)
Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.