LOOK FOR THE GOLD
During the 1920’s, one of the wealthiest people in America was a man named Andrew Carnegie. What was even more amazing was, not only was Mr. Carnegie wealthy, but at one time, Mr. Carnegie had several millionaires working for him.
One day he was asked why these people were so valuable to him that he paid them a million dollars to work for him. He said, “When these men came to work for me, they didn’t start off worth a million dollars. I built them up to that point.”
He went on to explain that you build men like a minor mines for gold. A miner will sift through tons of dirt to find a single gold nugget, but he doesn’t go in looking for the dirt. He looks for the gold!
What’s the point?- You build people by being a good finder. The lesson of Andrew Carnegie teaches us that we build people up by being a good finder. In order to build up our young people, or our children, we need to be a good finder. We need to constantly remind them of the good that is in them, and then get them to focus on it. We certainly don’t build up others by criticizing them, and focusing on the dirt or the negative. By getting others to focus on the good that’s within them, we increase their confidence which in turn gives them the expectation to become all they can be.
What’s growing in your garden?
Let’s pretend you are going to grow a garden. If you want an apple tree, what kind of seeds do you need to plant? How about a peach tree? What if you want a tomato plant, what kind of seeds do you need to plant? What if you plant nightshade, want kind of plant will you get?
Your mind is like a garden. If you put in the positive, you grow into a positive person. If you put in the negative, you grow into a negative person. You can’t put negative in and expect to get positive out. Impossible!
Because our minds work like a garden, we have to be careful about what we allow into our minds. If you are unfamiliar with the plant nightshade-both the foliage and the berries of this plant are extremely toxic! We don’t want that in our garden and we certainly don’t want any toxic thoughts taking root in our minds. Be careful to guard yourself against allowing negativity from the outside influences to find a place to call home in your mind. What you allow into your mind ultimately determines what you will become.
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Bring it on!
Living the black belt lifestyle is about learning to say “Bring it on!” when presented with a challenge. We know that when we approach life this way we are exercising the tenet of indomitable spirit; one of the most important virtues developed through training in the martial arts. A Black Belt with an indomitable spirit doesn't need a pep talk or a protein shake; his or her strength comes from within!
So the next time you are faced with a challenge, instead of letting it get to you, remember that obstacles and challenges push us to grow and reach our full potential. The next time you are faced with a challenge look at it right in the eye and shout- “Bring it on-I’ve got this!"
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Developing a Major League PMA
In major league baseball, a player could have a long and productive career by maintaining a .300 average, that is, by getting a base hit 30% of the time. This would lead to a lucrative career and fame. Yet the other 70% of the time, this player would have failed. The vast majority of attempts to hit the ball would result in ‘‘making an out’’ and thus pose a potential threat to the player’s sense of personal worth and public perception.
We see this in the martial arts as well. A student will come to us with his or her head hanging low. Instead of focusing on the gains they have made they have instead chosen to focus on their perceived failure to master a technique or techniques in the very short time frame that they imposed upon themselves.
When this happens we have to sit the student down and explain that mastery is not a destination but rather a lifelong process.
Here’s a tip you can use if you ever need to encourage someone you care about. Use FEEL, FELT, FOUND. The conversation might go something like this, “Sam, I understand how you FEEL, when I was a blue belt my confidence was pretty low because I couldn’t remember the techniques I had learned under pressure. So you see, I FELT discouraged just like you. My instructor had a very similar conversation to the one I am having with you. He told me not to try and rush my training. The real secret was just to keep showing up and never give up. I took his advice and what I FOUND was that he was absolutely right. After another 6 months of training the techniques I found so difficult to remember all of a sudden became effortless.”
If you want to improve at any endeavor, if you truly want to reach a new “Altitude”, then know this; it all comes down to staying the course and approaching life with a Positive Mental Attitude!
Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude
Have you ever been around a group of truly successful people? Have you ever spent time with people that are at the peak of their game? What were they like? How did you feel when you were around them? What type of “vibes” did they exude?
The late great Zig Ziglar said "It's your attitude, not your aptitude that will determine your altitude."
One of the things our students love most about their martial arts training with us is the positive atmosphere that we provide. If you’ve never considered martial arts as a way to get fit and learn a valuable skill you really should. It’s a blast! When it comes to kids, there isn’t anything else like it.
As Zig Ziglar points out in the quote above, your attitude determines your altitude…..meaning, the key to success really is put simply, have a positive attitude. That is pretty obvious I know, but when you dig deeper, there is quite a bit entailed in that process.
People: How positive are the circles you travel in? Are you the highest achiever? Do they build you up as a person, or do they bring you down like crabs in a bucket? Do they challenge you? Sometimes to be a peak performer, you need to change the people you surround yourself with. Am I saying to disown your family? Of course not, but if they hinder your positive attitude on a regular basis…..I would think carefully about limiting how much time you spend with them. That goes for friends as well.
Personality+: Another point to consider is that you are responsible for checking your own positivity “barometer.” People often mirror how you act towards them. If you speak negatively, look negative, etc….that is what you will attract back! Some people have natural charisma and a positive attitude. Others have to work for it. If you need to work on it, DO IT! And don’t get upset about it! smile.
Barriers: How well do you deal with obstacles? Do they stop your progress completely? Do they ruin your mood and your positive attitude? Peak performers see them as inevitable challenges to be conquered. They either plug along like nothing happened or they get more excited to overcome them.
Brain: Let’s face it, life is short and you DESERVE to be happy. Your mind is a very unique organ, but it does need to be trained just like a muscle. We do push-ups, sit-ups, run miles at a time, but how much time does the average adult spend training their mind? Not enough! Your mind can either be your greatest asset or your biggest liability. Take the time to train it and you will find that you will be less influenced by negative people and external challenges.
Your mind truly is like a parachute; it works best when open. Work daily on shifting your mindset to a, “Yes I Can Attitude” and you will find a greater level of success in life!
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GARBAGE DUMP THINKING
In a large Southern city there is a magnificent shopping center which stands on the former city garbage dump. For over a century no one saw this location as anything but the “garbage dump”.
Many years ago, however, some progressive minded citizens started “seeing” that location as the location for a beautiful new shopping center. Immediately, they stopped dumping garbage and started hauling good, clean fill dirt and dumping it over the century old garbage. They did this until a solid foundation was prepared. On this foundation, a magnificent new shopping center was built.
There are two points to this story:
Point 1: Notice, you can’t build on garbage. You can’t build a shopping mall on garbage, and you can’t build a happy, successful life on garbage. What do I mean when I say garbage? I’m talking about the garbage of negative thinking. There is no way you will be a happy, positive, productive person if you try to build your life upon a foundation of negative thinking. You won’t be happy and successful, and you won’t become a Black Belt either. There is no way you can achieve a Black Belt by thinking negatively or by criticizing or doubting yourself. To become a Black Belt Champion you have to build your life on the foundation of a positive mental attitude!
Point 2: We live in a negative world. Maybe someone has been dumping garbage on you and into your mind. Garbage can get dumped into your mind by other people (by what they say) and garbage can filter into your mind by things that you hear and read (i.e. media). Either way, like building the mall, you’re going to have to cover up that garbage with the good, the clean, the pure and the positive! That’s why it’s so important to read positive material and be involved with positive things like your martial arts training. To be positive, you have to surround yourself with positive things!
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When someone falls victim to negative thinking, they develop what Zig Ziglar referred to as the “Loser’s Limp.”
You know what the loser’s limp is if you’ve ever seen someone in competition that creates an excuse as to why he or she didn’t win. One of my favorite examples is where an athlete or the team blames the referee for making a bad call that lost them the game; or worse yet, goes on and on about how bad the referees were. In fact they were so bad that they shouldn’t even be allowed to referee in that league ever again! An athlete that develops the Loser’s Limp will mentally injure himself or herself more than any physical injury ever could.
Living the Black Belt Lifestyle is NOT easy. It’s EASY to give up and make excuses. It’s EASY to develop “THE LIMP!” Don’t let that be you. Acting like a Black Belt takes work – especially when everyone around you seems to be enjoying limping around.
Black Belt champions are disciplined and stay focused on the task at hand. Black belts understand that just because you’re a black belt doesn’t mean that you will never fail but it does mean that you will always put forth your best effort regardless of the outcome.
Are there any areas of your life where you may have developed “a limp?” If so, write down all of the reasons why you feel you can’t overcome the obstacle. Don’t miss anything. Then, once you have completed the list crumple up that piece of paper and throw it away!
Now take out a fresh sheet of paper and write down as many solutions as possible. If you run out of ideas ask someone else that you respect and admire that has a positive attitude to help you think up a few more. Once you have your list, TAKE MASSIVE ACTION; nothing will change unless you decide to “Lose the Limp!”
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Rubberbands are useful only when they are stretched!
What separates a great martial artist from a mediocre one? Is it talent? Is it athleticism? Sure all of those things play a part but the real difference between someone who is good and someone who is outstanding is discipline, determination, and drive!
They are willing to stretch themselves and push beyond their comfort zone. Great black belts show up on a consistent basis ready to give his or her very best each and every time.
When is a rubber band useful? Only when it is stretched. In many ways, people are the same way. For each of us to reach our true potential we need to consistently stretch ourselves.
Alan Cohen, author and contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series ,says “To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.”
In the dojo that could mean working on some advanced techniques that have proven difficult in the past or it could mean training with someone in class that really challenges you. Successful people get comfortable at being uncomfortable!
Your attitude plays a big part in this. You have to have the drive and desire to stretch yourself to become more. It all starts with knowing what you want and why you want it.
“If you won’t be better tomorrow than you were today, then what do you need tomorrow for?”
What can you do to grow to the next level? What can you learn? Who might motivate or push you to grow?
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