January 2012


After a discussion during one of my college classes, I started thinking again about success, and what helps people achieve this quality.  As we enter a new year, commit to succeed!

  • One must love one’s self before it may be given to another.
  • The sense of value determines the quality of performance. Performance is only a reflection of internal worth, not a measure of it.
  • Trying to impress less makes one more impressive.
  • What is shown on the outside is a mirror the feeling felt inside.
  • Chase your passion.  If work is not enjoyable – do something else.

The key trait shared by athletic champions and winners in every walk of life is the fundamental belief in one’s own internal value.

If success depends on external possessions, anxiety will be predominant in life. Being cheered for personal success is necessary, the individual is not concerned for internal gratification, but external rewards.  One can never win over a long period of time if the concept of success depends upon the perfect performance or receiving a gold medal.

Talent, appearance and other attributes are not equally distributed, but we’re all given an abundance of value.  Life is not played on a level playing field in terms of education, a supportive home life, and other circumstances beyond our control, but each person is born with the qualities of a champion. That is the quality of value.

Champions are born, but they can be unmade by their perceptions, exposure and responses. Losers are not born to lose. They are programmed that way by their own responses to their environment and their decisions.

The idea of the inner winner describes the kind of person who recognizes his or her internal value, and who is able to use that recognition as the foundation for achieving any goal. The secret of success or being a winner is to understand that results are determined by positive focused action, positive determined attitude, using one’s positive mental abilities without expecting external praise.

“You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.  Ruth Smeltzer 

 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? by Marianne Williamson


     A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading a training session, explaining stress management to the audience; with a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’…
     She fooled them all. . . “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.  Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.  She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter.  It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.  If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.  If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”  She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”
     “As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night – Pick them up tomorrow.
Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax; pick them up later – After you’ve rested.
Life is short. Enjoy it and the now ‘supposed’ stress that you’ve conquered!”

1. Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!

2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3. Always read stuff that will make you looks good if you die in the middle of it.

4. Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8. Never buy a car you can’t push.

9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11. Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12. The second mouse gets the cheese.

13. When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

16. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19. Have an awesome day and know that someone thought about you today.

20. It was me, your friend!

Save the earth — It’s the only planet with chocolate!


 CONGRATULATIONS to the people who earned promotions since our last newsletter:  Brown Belt #2Shirley K. Zavala, Scott Conroy.    Junior Yellow Belt Megan Baker, Smyan Chinnam


Remember: There will be no classes on December 24th and 31st.  If these are your normal training dates plan to make them up when you are able.

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