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I borrowed this Idea from my good friend Sensei Gary Engels and I thought I would share it with you

This Video is Brilliant and really speaks to me and my training/teaching as a teacher and leader in my community.

I’m sure you’ll also see the that I too could be viewed as a “Lone Nut” without all of your participation and support. Can you committ to writing a blog post for our blog today? Join in (So I’m not just a lone nut dancing by myself)

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Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for leadership, starting with a golden circle

and the question “Why.”

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Teaming up with the Town of Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone and State Assemblymen Bob Sweeney, parents and students of Chi’s Martial Arts volunteered their Saturday morning to plant trees and clean up Edgewood Preserve.


Teaching the importance of environmental self defense is part of the student education program administered at Chi’s Martial Arts. Students are taught that neglecting the environment can be just as dangerous as any physical confrontation that they might face. The sad fact is that they are much more likely to be hurt by what happens to our environment than being attacked by a criminal.


With over 48 environmental self-defense projects completed Chi’s Martial Arts leads the way for others to follow. Supervisor Steve Bellone commented, “It’s so inspiring to see the youth of our society involved in projects like these. I think Mr. Chi is doing an outstanding job inspiring these young people to be active in community service.”


State Assemblymen Bob Sweeney added, “I have headed the New York State Environmental Protection Program for the past several years and I must say that Mr. Chi’s Environmental Self-Defense program is the perfect teaching platform for educating our children about the things that can really hurt them. I look forward to working with Mr. Chi and his fantastic students on our next project.”

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Whether you desire to transform a dream into reality, failure into triumph, grief into grace, or a relationship breakdown into a bridge of love and higher understanding, these universal principles are the means to
naturally accomplish your goals.

Just as a tree begins with a seed, so too is Insight the “seed” that begins your transformation. One of the greatest insights is simply the knowledge that “You Can.” You CAN overcome your greatest challenges. You CAN transform your dreams into your own living, breathing reality. You CAN create a new life for yourself and your loved ones.
The saying “timing is everything” is not just a nice expression. Without developing excellent timing, you will always be fighting the natural ebb and flow of the universe. Just as most seeds sprout on a particular day in springtime, YOU can develop the ability to recognize the precise day of spring for all you do.Whether asking for a raise, launching a business venture, or bringing up a difficult subject to a friend, loved one or business partner, your ability to recognize the often brief moments of maximum opportunïty will determine how much success and balance you achieve.
Only humans are impatient. Seeds do not attempt to turn into trees in winter. Eagles don’t try to soar during rainstorms. And Mayflowers do not blossom in August. Developing patience – your ability to wait for the right moment in your life cycle to accomplish a particular task or goal – is all important to develop excellent timing and great success.

What must you do to let go of your need to control things? How can you let go of your past mistakes and history that may be preventing you from moving forward? How do you spiritually surrender to “the process”? Without spiritual surrender, you will never be content, you will never have patience and excellent timing. You will nevër experience the joy and “flow” of having the greatest business and life partner you could ever possibly have: namely, “The Universe” and “God.”
With strong roots, a tree will survive any storm. When YOU create a strong foundation, your greatest efforts will withstand the many storms and challenges you inevitably face in achieving your goals.Grounding is what you use to nourish and nurture your goals. Grounding is the books, tapes, schooling, seminars, and people you surround yourself with to support yourself in whatever you want to achieve.Want to have a great relationship? Learn from those who already have one.
Want to earn a million dollars? Read books, listen to tapes, and receive coaching by those who show you how. When you have ample “grounding” to support your dreams, the challenges that come along are merely temporary storms that ultimately make you stronger and more highly energized.

This is a tough one, especially for the most successful people. Even when a tree is well developed, without regular water, sunshine and nourishment, it will not be healthy.
What must you do to balance yourself?
How much sunshine do you get?
How much exercise do you regularly do?
How nourishing is your diet?
How much quiet time do you take on a daily basis with yourself and your loved ones?

Life is a balancing act. Isn’t the minute, hour, day or month you save by working through your natural point of balance just another minute, hour, day or month you subtract from your lifetïme? Take breaks to smell the roses along the way, and in fact, you’ll naturally discover the universe rises up to become your partner rather than it being you against the world.
Growth automatically occurs in direct proportion to your ability to empower yourself with the first 6 Insights.

Evolution blossoms when your growth takes you to a new and higher stage of life, unfolding a powerful Vision of your life you probably never foresaw.
Transformation occurs when you become something very different than that which you started off as. Your initial seeds of Insight becomes a tree of knowledge and accomplishment. You are ready for something greater than achieving for your own personal gain.You, the student, become the teacher, the mentor, the leader. You are the vessel of seeds to birth a new generation. You enjoy the glow of knowing you have followed your highest path that ultimately leads you to helping others follow theirs.All along, you have been transforming into a balanced, successful and fulfilled human being.All along, you have been transforming yourself into a “Black Belt.”

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“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”

– Vince Lombardi

“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” -

- Norman Vincent Peale

“I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.”

– Walter Cronkite

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your heart.”

(Ecclesiastes 9:10) Bible

“Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.”

– Og Mandino

“Enthusiastic people experience life from the inside out.”

– Nido Qubein

“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.”

– Edward B. Butler

“Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire — you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.”

– Denis Waitley

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

– Colette

“Enthusiasm is the match that lights the candle of achievement.”

– William Arthur Ward

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” -

- Charles Kingsley

“I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.” -

- Sir Edward Appleton

“If we seize each opportunity with enthusiasm, someone will surely notice. The “little extra” that is the automatic byproduct of enthusiasm marks the distinction between average and excellence.”

– Neil Eskelin

“To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Doing what we were meant to do creates fun, excitement and contentment in our lives, and invariably, in the lives of the people around us. When you’re excited about something it’s contagious.”

– Mark Victor Hansen

“Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others.”

– David Seabury

“You start it – you may as well start it positive, friendly, and enthusiastic — no matter what.” -

- Jeffrey Gitomer

“In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.”

– Doug Firebaugh

“The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and executive with vigor.”

– Christian Bovee

“When someone does something well, applaud! You will make two people happy.”

– Samuel Goldwyn

“Identifying your enthusiasms requires courage and heroic creative vision. You have to believe that what you want is possible for you.”

– Marsha Sinetar

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As the United States mourned the passing of its 38th President, Gerald Ford, fond memories and kind words came like a flood from all who remembered him. Ford had arrived to the Oval Office after Richard Nixon’s deceit and dishonesty had robbed the Presidency of its honor. As President, Ford would face the daunting task of restoring respect to the White House. In doing so, he built a legacy as a healer, and left us with lessons on how to rebuild in the aftermath of a leadership crisis.

1. Character Comes First

When a leader’s moral failure forces them to resign, the biggest charge of the incoming leader is to restore the integrity of the position. In the wake of the scandal-wracked Nixon administration, the United States desperately needed a man of unquestioned character. Gerald Ford was precisely the man for the job. His unpretentious nature and civility were noted by political friends and foes alike. As a testament to his stalwart moral fiber, President Ford’s approval rating quickly soared to over 70% upon taking office.

2. Cleaning the Slate Is Necessary to Move Forward

Whether being forced out due to moral flaws or poor financial decision-making, a departing leader can leave hurt, pain, and resentment within an organization. The incoming leader must have the courage to clean the slate and offer a new beginning. Finger-pointing over past failures or the bitterness that comes from a leader’s betrayal has the potential to shipwreck a company. The incoming leader must be a catalyst for healing by erasing the lingering negativity of a prior leader’s meltdown.With the unraveling of President Nixon’s dubious activities in the Oval Office, a dark cloud hung over the country. The nation’s premier leadership position had been tainted. With the impending trial of former President Nixon threatening to embroil the nation in a messy and prolonged media circus, President Ford made the tough decision to pardon Nixon of all wrongdoing. At the time, the pardon drew harsh criticism and cost President Ford his popularity. However, in retrospect, political analysts laud President Ford for bringing healing to the country by cleaning the slate and allowing the nation to move past a painful chapter in its history.

3. Coalition-building Restores Harmony

When a leader makes a mess of an organization and steps down, factions develop in the resulting leadership vacuum. Critics of the prior leader squabble with one another over the best way to move forward. Cliques form within the organization, and each lobbies to bring in a new leader who is sympathetic to their point of view. Replacing Nixon put Gerald Ford directly in the heat of a contentious atmosphere. Thankfully, President Ford was renowned for his deftness in working with parties on both sides of the aisle. His open-mind and ability to put aside his ego would enable him build the coalitions needed to get the country back on track. Former President Jimmy Carter, Ford’s opponent in the Presidential election of 1976, commented on Gerald Ford’s strength as a unifier, remembering how he, “frequently rose above politics by emphasizing the need for bipartisanship and seeking common ground on issues critical to our nation.”


Cleansing the stains of an incompetent leader is never easy, but, as demonstrated by President Gerald Ford, the task can be done. By displaying strong character, cleaning the slate of past mistakes, and building coalitions, a leader can chart a fresh course into the future.

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“The only opinion about your dream that really counts is yours. The negative comments of others merely reflect their limitations – not yours.”

--Cynthia Kersey


 Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.

-– Peter F. Drucker

 “A positive attitude is perhaps more important at home than anywhere else. As spouses and parents, one of our most vital roles is to help those we love feel good about themselves.”

–Keith Harrell

“Everything you do has secondary consequences. Considering secondary consequences is the hallmark of wisdom and the basis of all civilization.” Brian Tracy

“Working hard is the foundation for any success in life…but many people have what I call the ‘Reverse Disease´…they see ‘working hard´ as ‘hardly working´…and expect the same results…. yeah right.”

–Doug Firebaugh

“An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.”

–Syndey J. Harris

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.”

–Dale Carnegie

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”

–Henry Van Dyke

“I am only one; but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” Helen Keller

“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”

–Woodrow Wilson

“The most effective way I know to understand and clarify life purpose is to develop a personal mission statement.”

–Greg Anderson

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“The trouble with many plans is that they are based on the way things are now. To be successful, your personal plan must focus on what you want, not what you have.”

–Nido Qubein

“When schemes are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances will fit in with them.”

–Sir William Osler

“Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.”

Blaise Pascal

“The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.” -

- Samuel Butler

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”

– Dalai Lama

“If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.”

– Leo F. Buscaqlia

“The most violent element in society is ignorance.”

– Emma Goldman

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When you are motivated you can accomplish amazing things...when you are not motivated everything seems more difficult. Here is a simple way to quickly get motivated.Make a list of the songs that you love the most; songs that make you feel happy, joyous, excited, full of energy, and young at heart. Make a tape or CD of these songs.

Play these songs at a designated time, such as on your way to or from work, or just when you want to be motivated.
As you listen to these songs, your mood will be elevated.  Picture yourself as succeeding in what is most important to you right now. Do this over and over again. You will find that music triggers will automatically motivate you and give you a feeling of power and well-being. I have been able to place myself in a better mood on cue by playing songs that make me feel good.

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