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8 Steps for Breaking Through Any Obstacle

Breaking Boards

This weekend I came across a video of kids breaking through wooden boards with their hands. I was curious about the technique that these kids were taught in karate class so I started researching it.

The first page I found was at www.WikiHow.com, which had an article called “How to Break a Board with Your Bare Hand.”

As I read through the steps, I was amazed at how similar the steps for breaking a board are to the steps for overcoming all other obstacles in life. Here are the steps, word for word from the WikiHow website:

How to Break a Board with Your Bare Hands

#1. Empty your mind. Relax. Don’t think about success or failure. Take a calming breath. Focus yourself first. Unless you are extremely weak or sick (in which case you shouldn’t be breaking boards at all), mental preparation is the most important aspect of the technique.

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Newton’s 2nd Law of Success: Acceleration

Sir Isaac Newton

Last week we started our series, “Newton’s Laws of Success”, with a post about Perpetual Motion which taught us about actively directing our life towards success and happiness instead of allowing a bad day to turn into a bad week.

Today we will look at Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion and see if we can find a way to apply it.

Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion states that the amount of Acceleration (a) on an object is determined by the Mass (m) of the object and the Force (F) placed on it. In other words, if I want to push an object up a hill, the speed in which I can get the to the top depends on how much muscle I put into it and how Newton's 2ndheavy the object is.…

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Newton’s 1st Law of Success: Perpetual Motion

Newton's Law of Success

We all know about Sir Isaac Newton.

Gravity, the apple, inventor of calculus.

Some of his most famous work was his Three Laws of Motion.

This post is the first in a series of three, looking at how Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion are also really Laws of Success. They each apply to us every day and our understanding of them will lead us to greater happiness, fulfillment and achievement.

Let’s get started.

Newton’s First Law of Motion: An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an external force.

blue_glass_marble___stock_by_mrdragonx-d4u249lSo if we rolled a marble on a glass floor, it would keep going and going but eventually stop because of gravity and the friction of the glass table.…

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John F. Kennedy’s Case for Dreaming Big

John F. Kennedy’s Case for Dreaming Big

JFK moonThis weekend I was reading John F. Kennedy’s speech at Rice University in 1962. You may know it as the speech in which he declared that we would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

This speech is fascinating because at the time it was given, the United States hadn’t even put a man into space yet. The U.S. was repeatedly getting embarrassed by Russia, whose space program was breaking new ground over and over again. In the space race, the U.S. was falling way behind.

When Kennedy took the stage that day he knew he needed to do something to inspire the American people; to wake the ingenuity and creativity of a country. He knew it would take the strength and support of an entire nation to achieve such a lofty goal.…

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New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsLast night when I was putting my oldest son to bed we started talking about the past year and things we wanted to do better this coming year. I asked him if he had ever heard of New Year’s Resolutions. He said, “Yeah, those are the things that people always break, right?” I really couldn’t disagree. But it got me thinking about setting goals with our children and writing down New Year’s resolutions with them. Here is an article I like from PBS.org about setting New Year’s resolutions with our kids:

For many of us, the New Year means it’s time to take stock of our lives and fix what we don’t like. Whether it’s our diet, exercise routine or tendency to procrastinate, there is always room for improvement in the coming year.…

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It’s the 4th Quarter!

It’s the 4th Quarter!

4th quarter scoreboardThis is it! December is here and it is the end of the 4th quarter for 2012. Remember those goals you set back in January? Seems like a long time ago doesn’t it?

Well have no fear, there is still time to do great things! Did you know that on average 40% of the points scored in an NFL game come in the 4th quarter? That doesn’t make sense does it? If every player is a professional and giving a 100% effort from the start to the finish of a game, the breakdown should be 25% of the points in each of the four quarters.

But something happens in those final minutes of the game. The players and coaches have something in reserve; an extra effort.…

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You Don’t Have To Be a Hero

You Don’t Have To Be a Hero

Edmund Hillary

I absolutely fell in love with the website www.zenpencils.com and the fusion of art and powerful quotes. I will be posting a bunch of these and hopefully giving all of the credit to Gavin Aung Than the artist. Check out his site!

– Kris

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It Couldn’t Be Done…But He Did It

Any time I start something new and come up against an obstacle, I remember this poem by Edgar Guest and it gives me renewed energy to go out and get it done. There are plenty of people in the world who will criticize you when you go after your life goals. It is not that they want you to fail but they don’t want you to succeed. Why? Because when you succeed, they feel like it automatically means that they are a failure because they aren’t accomplishing their goals. So remember, when someone says that it can’t be done, they are really saying that they do not feel like putting in the effort to accomplish it. Your job is to prove them wrong! Enjoy the poem!…

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How I Beat King Kong…And You Can Too!

How I Beat King Kong…And You Can Too!

One of my favorite hobbies is road cycling. I like it so much that I get up at 4:30 every morning to go and put myself through pain and suffering. One of the routes we ride takes us up a hill that we affectionately call “King Kong.” It isn’t very long but it is pretty steep. You have to shift into a pretty easy gear to get to the top without killing yourself.

When I first started riding back in high school, “King Kong” was my nemesis. I could make it to the top but I always got passed by all of the other riders. Even as I got better I was consistently getting left behind by riders who I knew were not as strong as I was.…

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