Goals & Resolutions

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A few days ago most of us made some type of resolution for the new year.  You may not admit it to anyone but it is there in the back of your mind, something you’d like to change or do different this year.  Call them Goals or Resolutions they equate to the same thing, a struggle with yourself, often a battle of endurance which requires willpower!  The most common resolutions focus on our personal selves, weight loss, getting into shape, attaining our next belt, other involve our careers or station in life, we will focus on the former here but what we will look at applies to both.  The problem with the resolutions most of us make is, they require hard work and effort.  Let’s face it if they didn’t we wouldn’t need things called resolutions or goals!

I don’t normally go in for a bunch of motivational gimmicks but I found this one that actually makes sense, SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely
    (Get more in-depth details about Smart Goals here)

Basically this boils down a combination of “keep it simple stupid” and “being realistic and truthful”.  You can’t change if you set unrealistic goals, like I am going to loose 50 lbs next week, that is setting yourself up for failure, which if simply an excuse not to try.  I have known so many people who take this path, actually everyone takes this path eventually if they are not truthful with themselves.  We can learn a lot from addicts in this regard since it is easier to deny the problem then to deal with the problem.

So how do we get on track with our diet and fitness resolutions?  First keep reading this blog!  Secondly take the baby step method, I remember watching this in the old movie “What About Bob”.  You know what, it makes sense.  Break your bigger goal into achievable smaller goals, take small steps.  It may take longer to achieve your goal but the results will be lasting.  Nothing leads to short gains and long term losses then fad diets and an excessive ‘must have it now’ mentality.  The catch here is to make the goals achievable but useful, don’t be so easy on yourself that you aren’t moving towards your goal!  If you are trying to lose weight and you didn’t lose any last week, don’t have the attitude, “well at least I didn’t gain any!”  If you do, you will be saying “well at least I only gained a pound this week” before you know it.  Be honest with yourself but not easy!  This is training, no wimps allowed!!

I will leave you with this interesting study at the University of Hertfordshire which showed that the people most successful at keeping their New Year’s Resolutions did at least three of the following things:

  • broke their goal into smaller steps
  • rewarded themselves when they achieved one of these
  • told their friends about their goals
  • focused on the benefits of success
  • kept a diary of their progress.

There you have it, simple advice that will hopefully help you achieve your goals, regardless of when you set them…unless…

but you’re not that deluded…are you?

Happy New Year!!

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Goodbye 2010

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May we look forward with hope and anticipation,
not back with longing and regret.

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!!

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[zdvideo width=”400″ height=”226″]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/MerryChristmasHappyHolidays-Mickey.flv[/zdvideo]

237 Years Ago

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237 Years ago a group of men decided it was time to stand up and defend themselves against the aggressions of the State.  That singular event by a bunch of Colonials pretended to be Mohawks came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. [History Channel]  I wonder if they ever thought there actions would resonate so far and long through History.

‘Tis the Season

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During this busy time of year we often forget the simple things that are most important, love, charity, and kindness to name a few.  This is the one time of year we are supposed to remember these things above all others, unless you are a Scrooge!  The following video is awesome because it demonstrates the joy we should feel and the way the season should move each of us.

[zdvideo width=”400″ height=”226″]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ChristmasFoodCourtFlashMob-HallelujahChorus.flv[/zdvideo]

One question, if you were in the crowd, would you have stood and joined in or would you leave the singing to the professionals?

Day of the Ninja

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It is the Official Day of the Ninja so don’t forget to send some darts, shurikens, or wishes to your favorite Ninja.

Two of my favorite Ninja-toons:

Happy Thanksgiving

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Be thankful today and every day for all the blessings in your life, both big and small.  To often we are thankful for things when it is to late to express it.  To often we are blind to the things and people we should be thankful for, today take a moment and reflect on that and be thankful for all God’s blessings.

Our Forefathers

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Thought I would extend the celebration of Constitution Day a bit with this excellent series of videos.  I have seen these type of events and the actors always do such a great job of portraying the thoughts and a personality that are in line with historical writings and evidence.  This is a great introduction to some of America’s greatest men.

Part 1

[zdvideo] http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Rushmore_Live__A_Constitution_Day_Celebration__1_of_10_.flv [/zdvideo]

Part 2

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Part 3
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Part 4
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Part 5
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Part 6
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Part 7
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Part 8
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Part 9
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Part 10
[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Rushmore_Live__A_Constitution_Day_Celebration__10_of_10_.flv[/zdvideo]

Hopefully you have enjoyed this as much as I did, a very well put together program.

Happy Constitution Day!

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Today marks the establishment of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. America’s birth was truly a miracle. The Founders knew their mission had a divine destiny to produce the first free people in the history of the world.  These principles are based on the success of a moral and religious society.  Think about that, when the Founders drafted the Constitution every other nation on the Planet was ruled by a King of sorts!

It is important for all Americans and I’d argue non-Americans to understand the Constitution beyond memorizing the words.  We want civic minded citizens that take their responsibility seriously.  After all you don’t want to look like this when asked about the Constitution!…take a look:

[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Barney_Fife_and_the_Preamble_to_the_Constitution.flv[/zdvideo]

Some may not realize the whole story of the Constitution, the thoughts, sacrifices and self-less devotion to a higher purpose that helped forge the greatest document ever written.  This little ditty is helpful in getting a better understanding and it is catchy too!

[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/18_Pages_Jimmy_Joe_Lee.flv[/zdvideo]

Rather then expend my own feeble attempt at expressing my understanding and deep seeded loyalty to the Constitution there is one person who always makes a better spokesmen for America…well listen for yourself…

[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/What_Would_John_Wayne_Do_.flv[/zdvideo]

Why should we pay attention to the Constitution?  Because so many men (and women) greater then you or me sacrificed their fortunes, positions and their very lives to secure a better future for their fellow man.

[zdvideo]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/GoodPatrickHenry.flv[/zdvideo]

SO think about what the Constitution really means today and throughout the rest of the year.

Here is an additional history references for the kids that I know, especially those who love History: President Fact Sheets.