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  • Your Personal Vision

    “The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it. VISION will ignite the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve excellence. Only VISION allows us to transform dreams of greatness into the reality of achievement through human action. VISION has no boundaries and knows no limits. Our VISION is what we become in life. ” ** Tony Dungy Your personal vision is the roadmap, the guideline, for you to develop your best self you can. Think about what the best people in any profession do. They develop an extremely detailed personal vision of what they want to accomplish. Some even can visualize ....

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  • A New Year, A New Chance

    A new chance to face challenges in your life a different way. A better way. A way that leads to a better you. Possibly even to seek out these challenges and actively choose a different way to meet them than you did in 2016. If you truly want a new year, a new chance, you must choose differently than you did before. Doing the same thing in the same way only leads to the same results. If you really want a different you, then do things differently. But not in a haphazard way. Decide what kind of you needs to take the place of the old you. Look back at how you handled things and see the results. If the results were not what you wanted, figure out how to do those things in a different ....

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  •  in Bergenfield - Blue Dragon School Of Martial Arts - New Year’s Resolution: Staying Motivated to Reach Fitness Goals All Year Long

    New Year’s Resolution: Staying Motivated to Reach Fitness Goals All Year Long

    The end of every year revolves around holidays, cold weather, and an amazing plethora of delicious foods, so it’s no wonder that one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to increase fitness. It is easy to make that resolution, but a lot harder to keep it for the long haul. In order to achieve a fitness resolution, you have to change your perspective. Simply saying you want to lose weight, workout more, or gain muscle is too vague and doesn’t give you a path to follow to get to those goals. Laying out some specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goals will help you achieve success. The SMART model is one way to reach your fitness ....

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  • Chi Kung

    The ancient Chinese exercises called chi kung has been around for thousands of years. They are so effective, they now are a part of the Chinese national medical system. Before starting any new exercise method, you need to check with your personal physician to make sure you’re healthy enough for the work out. Nearly everyone can participate in chi kung. It is a method of exercise that is composed of slow and deliberate movements rather than strenuous working out. It also combines meditation and breathing exercises. These movements are not designed to help you lose weight, although that may happen, or to increase your heart rate. They are designed to improve your circulation, ....

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  • The Importance of Sleep

    Knowing the importance of sleep may be one of the best ways you can help yourself live longer, work better, and improve your ability in any area of your life. Getting sufficient sleep profoundly improves your physical feelings and significantly slows the aging process. Sleeping allows the body to catch up from the stresses encountered during the day. Whether those stresses come from a physically demanding work-out in your martial arts training or a tough day at the job, you need good sleep to recover. Everything about us is compromised with too little sleep. Our immune system doesn’t work as well, we don’t feel intellectually sharp, our moods are more variable, and we ....

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  • Fear And The Martial Arts

    Fear and the martial arts? Sounds like a contradiction in terms, doesn’t it? Yet, fear plays a part, possibly a large part, in training for and using the martial arts. For some people, fear is the motivating factor in starting martial arts training in the first place. Fear of being attacked in this increasingly violent society in which we live. These people believe fear and the martial arts go hand-in-hand. They’re afraid, they get trained, they’re no longer afraid. Their fear of vulnerability turned into their ability to feel confident about handling whatever happens in their lives. For some, the relationship between fear and the martial arts goes in a different ....

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  • Victim or Overcomer?

    All of us will at one time or another experience something in which we’re the victim. That’s normal. The question we face then is will I become a victim or overcomer? There are plenty of people we all know who live with the victim mindset. They constantly talk about what others do to them, how ‘they’ have it in for them, how powerless they are to make changes. These people continually blame others for what happens to them. It’s easy to see which way they answered the question, victim or overcomer. But that’s not the way things have to be. It’s not the way things should be if you want to be successful in anything you attempt. You can choose ....

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  • Meditation and Kung Fu

    Kung-fu is a way to increase your self-defense skills, your physical well-being, and a way to bring balance to your mind, body, and spirit. Meditation and kung-fu go hand-in-hand in this latter goal. Meditation is a way to remove yourself from the tendency many students of kung-fu have to try to think your way into using techniques for self-defense or for winning sparring matches. By staying in your head, you tend to undermine yourself and get tied up in doubts, fears, and uncertainties. Meditation and kung-fu help you achieve the ability to stay centered. To draw power that you can then use in the application of techniques you learn. Staying centered helps you draw energy from the ....

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  • Training For Life

    When you think about martial arts training, you automatically think of training to fight. But it actually is training for life. Training for life? How so? T hink about this: The skills you learn in your martial arts training are skills that easily transfer to the rest of your life. What do you learn? Self-confidence, patience, listening, self-control, respect, responsibility, setting goals, sticking with tasks, teamwork. What do you need in your training for life? The very same qualities. When you begin your martial arts training, you learn quickly to pay respect. First of all to your trainer. Bowing, standing when told to stand, kneeling when told to kneel, listening when ....

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  • Believe In Yourself

    Human beings tend to get stuck on negative thinking ; when you believe in yourself, you break this habit. Why is it that we seem to concentrate on what we can’t do instead of what we can? Why may not be the most important issue. What you will do to change is much more important. And change is possible. It is very possible to learn to think more positively. It is possible to learn to believe in yourself. When you set out to believe in yourself, you may find all kinds of thoughts coming to mind that push you in the other direction. If you grew up with, or are living with, someone who thinks you don’t have the skill or talent to do something, the constant reminders of this ....

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