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We’ve all had times in our lives where we felt bound by our past and our fear of failure. We know we should change, but…we can’t. Can you relate? I know I can! How would you like to be able to reframe your thinking to “unthink” your past, eliminate your fear and unleash your potential?


Introduction – from Unchain the Elephant – by Erik Wahl

Several years ago, I had the privilege to go on safari outside Nairobi, Kenya. As I ventured into the vast, unregulated openness of the Masai Mara, I experienced life from a completely new perspective. I witnessed the grace of a pack of gazelles, the migration of the wildebeest, and the clever stealth of the cheetah. But the most memorable encounter by far was when I crested a hill and unexpectedly came face-to-face with the overwhelming size and unparalleled raw power of an untamed elephant. This was not a petting zoo elephant quietly behaving in a crowded room. This enormous elephant was wild and completely unrestrained to explore, to discover, and to enjoy the beauty of its natural habitat. How did this massive, powerful, free creature succumb to a life tethered to a chain in a circus tent? When an elephant is born into captivity, the owner ties the animal to a tree or post with a thick chain to prevent the 250-pound infant from escaping. During the first few weeks of his life, the small elephant tests the chain that binds him, again and again, in an attempt to free himself and wander as his nature urges him to do. His efforts, however, are no match for steel links. Over the course of a few weeks, he eventually learns that his resources are no match for the hardiness of the chain. He gives up any further attempts to free himself, and thus relegates himself to a life within a small circle. As an adult elephant conditioned by a past experience, he can now be tethered to a small tree with the thinnest of ropes or, in some cases, no rope at all. He makes no attempts to wander because he carries with him, for life, the belief that he does not possess the power to break the ties that bind him. The adult elephant could easily snap the rope or uproot the tree to which it is attached, but he makes no such effort, because early in life, he was taught that true freedom was not available to him. For the remainder of his life, he is tame and nothing like the captivating, powerful creature he was born to be. Can you sympathize with this elephant? Do you feel your life has been shackled by what you were conditioned to believe when you were young? Maybe the conditioning was even more recent than that.

The time has come to unchain the elephant.


            Whether you reach success or failure in life has little to do with your circumstances; it has much more to do with your attitude . . . with your faithful courage…with your choices! Non-achievers blame their circumstances; winners rise above their circumstances. Some concentrate on the blank wall that boxes them in; winners always look for a way to get under it, over it, around it, or through it. The secret is: They had optimism and developed a winner’s attitude! With the discipline developed through Isshin-ryu Karate, we should be able to remove our chains of doubt caused by our past and our fear of failure. Have a positive outlook about life. Strive to improve every part of daily life. Do not settle to be mediocre or average; desire to stand apart from the crowd. Along these thought lines this is a thought I developed for the 2007 World Championships . . . A goal, a dream invisible to all the world except to the person who holds it, is responsible for perhaps every great advance of man. It’s the prime cause of much of what we see in the world around us.

            Everything worthwhile, achieved by man, is A DREAM COME TRUE, a goal reached.

            What the mind of man can conceive, and believe, it can achieve.

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