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Living the black belt lifestyle
Our past three blog posts talked about the differences between getting a Black Belt and “becoming” one. We shared stories and analogies to help you see the importance of “living” the black belt lifestyle as opposed to just “getting” a black belt. Here is a quick review:
The stories of the BONSAI TREE and the GREAT SEQUOIA TREES made us realize that we get to choose who we want to be, and what we become with our lives. Unlike these two trees that have no choice in what they are – we get to choose! We can choose to be mighty and great like the Sequoia trees or we can choose to stop growing and waste our potential for greatness.
The story of the old man who was challenged by the two boys that had a bird in their hands reminds us that where we end up in life is “in our hands”. You are responsible for you! The decisions you make will move you closer to your goals or further away. You have the power to choose – so choose wisely.
Finally, we talked about the Loser’s Limp. When people fall into negative thinking, they tend to make a variety of excuses for their behaviors. It’s easy for us to make an excuse as to why we aren’t giving our best to become our best. We can say; “It’s too hard, or, no one else does it”. But excuses don’t make you better. When you make excuses you’re not being honest with yourself and the only thing you are doing is stunting your own growth.
A true Black Belt is one of the Heart. It’s someone who demonstrates that they live the black belt lifestyle of excellence on and off the mats.
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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 her 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 them the game; or worse yet, goes on and one 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 so than any physical injury every 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 enjoying limping around.
Black Belt champions are disciplined and stay focused at 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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According to KidsHealth.org children 6 – 12 years of age need physical activity to build strength, coordination, confidence — and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.
They’re also gaining more control over how active they are.
School-age kids should have many chances to participate in a variety of activities, sports, and games that fit for their personality, ability, age, and interests. Brainstorm with your kids on activities that feel right. Most kids won’t mind a daily dose of fitness as long as it’s fun.
Many parents choose martial arts for a structured activity because Martial Arts teaches kids a lot.
1. The fitness includes strength training with aerobic benefits as well as flexibility.
2. According to martial arts professional Scott Dolloff “Martial Arts is a transformational instruction sport. It’s about developing people from the inside out using their sport or the art they love.”
3. Kids like the kicking, self defense, and parents love the “Transformation” of their kids with more perserverence, confidence, self esteem, courage, respect and courtesy
Physical activity guidelines for school-age kids recommend that each day they:
Get 1 hour or more of moderate and vigorous physical activity on most or all days. Martial Arts 2 – 3 days a week keeps kids on a schedule
Participate in several bouts of physical activity of 15 minutes or more each day
Avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or more unless sleeping. Once again a scheduled martial arts class will give them something to look forward to a couple of days each week.
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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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