MARCH 2015

Parts of the following few paragraphs comes from an article written by Jim Rohn, regarding living a successful life. One of the major reasons why we fail to find happiness or to create unique lifestyle is because we have not yet mastered the art of being.

While we are home, our thoughts are still absorbed with solving the challenges we face at work or school. We find ourselves worrying about problems at home. We go through the day without really listening to what others are saying to us. We might be hearing the words, but we aren’t absorbing the message.

As we go through the day, we find ourselves focusing on past experiences or future possibilities. We are so involved in yesterday and tomorrow that we never even notice that today is slipping by. We go through the day rather than getting something from the day. We are everywhere at any given moment in time—except living in that moment.

A successful lifestyle is learning to be IN the moment. It is developing a unique focus, drawing from it all of the substance and wealth of experience and emotions that it has to offer. Lifestyle is taking time to watch a sunset. It is listening to silence. It is capturing each moment so that it becomes a new part of what we are now and what we are in the process of becoming. Lifestyle is not something we do—it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well.

How does a person become successful? The answer is simple: I set the goals that could change my life. I read books that could affect my thinking and my ideas. I attend classes and seminars, to get around other successful people. The main reason most people are not doing as well as they could and should can be summed up in a single word: neglect. This country does no lack money, or opportunity to succeed, or books. Our schools have classrooms with good teachers. Everything we need to become successful is within our reach. Neglect is like an infection. Left unchecked, it will spread throughout our entire system of disciplines and eventually lead to a complete breakdown of a successful life.   As our self-confidence diminishes, so does the level of our activity. And as our activity diminishes, our results decline, our attitude begins to weaken. Ultimately, our attitude begins the slow shift from positive to negative. When given the choice of “easy to” and “easy not to,” do not neglect to do the simple, basic, easy—but potentially life-changing—activities and disciplines.

The moment a commitment to succeed is made, change begins. When this happens excuses are not accepted, only results. Lack of decisiveness has caused more failures than lack of intelligence or ability. The concepts of neglect and indecision often gives an advantage to the other person. Do not leave a decision for tomorrow that needs to be made today.

As preparations are made to participate in our 30th Benefit Tournament in April 26th and the 2015 IWKA World Championship Event in August 6th, 7th & 8th desiring to do well is not enough.   Each person must prepare to do well diligently practicing at home as well as in the dojo. How one practices is the level that one will achieve during any performance. This is also true in school and at work. Each person must begin to visualize success.

Visualization the key to success in the martial arts and life –

From the November 2006 Newsletter It is good to revisit positive messages every so often

Visualization is an inner power that has been documented for thousands of years, has been proven in industries from martial arts to medicine to quantum physics and can be used to perform an advanced technique, pass a test in school, help to heal an illness or help to achieve success.  Done properly, it can increase speed, strength and stamina, and it can make us capable of maneuvers that practice alone could never accomplish. Of course combining it with appropriate physical training is also important to ensure that an individual’s body is coordinated with the mind!  Visualization is used in meditation, affirmations of success and in many other systems in order to control the physical body with the mind.  Again, in the most basic form, it is simply seeing in your mind the completion of an action or having particular emotion associated to a given situation.  Visualization is the use of imagery, which is the way the mind, communicates with the body. An injury or illness cannot be told to heal itself.  There is actually a biological connection between the mind and the body that you can take advantage of with this process.  Visualization has been shown to cure disease, treat stress, and boost self-esteem relaxing the body and mind. If a mental picture of the wound shrinking and healing is visualized, studies have shown that it will heal significantly faster. This technique can be used for almost anything, whether it is to step into the ring and face an opponent, to speak in front of a crowd or to see the success and improvement in the quality of one’s life. A mind is not put to full use when it wanders and focuses on negative emotions or actions. If we do not focus on positive events, our bodies are affected by releasing hormones and chemicals because your body thinks the thoughts are reality. When trained, as many martial artists have discovered, anyone’s mind can create the situation where doing things that others thought were impossible are now possible. To use visualization to practice a maneuver effectively, first know exactly how the action should be performed, because visualizing it incorrectly is the same as physically doing it incorrectly. When you visualize, use deep breathing and picture yourself performing the action flawlessly. Imagine how it feels physically and emotionally as well as how it appears. Visualization is more than a snapshot of what the maneuver is to look like; it is an experience. One theory is that the mind is afraid of the unknown and considers it to be threatening.  If a child imagines a monster in the closet, it is real to the child unless the door of the closet may be opened to prove that there is no monster.  So, what is thought to be real is real until it is tested and proven.   On the other hand the mind considers what we know and understand to be pleasurable.  This means that once the technique or thought becomes a part of the ‘understood or acceptable’ category the brain will stop fighting and will do everything possible to make it happen. This works for physical or emotional challenges. An emotional challenge may be anxiety before a test, fear of public speaking or apprehension to commit to become successful.  Once calmness or excitement is connected to being tested, public speaking or any desired outcome, the visualization associated with success will physically begin to change feelings associated in that situation. By appropriately using visualization to associate positive emotions and outcomes with these situations, feelings of anxiety, fear or apprehension will fade away. The primary stages in accomplishing these techniques are to FIRST, sit comfortably, close your eyes and begin breathing deeply. Clear your mind and focus only on the matter at hand. Imagine doing or achieving the desired technique or outcome.  NEXT, mentally see the scenario as if it was being accomplished perfectly.  As this is accomplished (a number of times) old habits and thoughts are replaced by the successes accomplished by using positive thought processes.  Feelings of positive success begin to translate into physical and emotional excitement.  As the old habit is worked through or as the desired outcome is seen clearly, accept openly the positive emotions of accomplishment and pride. Feel them in every way possible. You should be able to touch, smell, feel, see and hear the skills and abilities becoming reality. Just like learning anything worthwhile, visualization and positive imaging requires practice. In time many parts of life will be positively affected with these techniques, thus improving the quality of live.  NOTHING IS BEYOND THE GRASP OF A POSITIVE MIND!


REMEMBER:  Doug King’s tournament at Newton High School is March 22nd.

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