March 14, 2024

In the journey of karate and life, challenges are inevitable, but I want you to know that I wholeheartedly believe in ‘you’.   I want to also share with you that, the path forward doesn’t need to be as complicated as it sometimes may feel.   
We make our experiences complicated through our thoughts, words and actions, but we can make efforts to choose these more deliberately and create more favourable experiences in all areas of our lives.   

“What we give our attention to, GROWS.”
~ Kenneth. H. Blanchard

Below are three simple and positive practices that personally help me navigate hurdles and attain new heights of success in my life.  I know these practices will transform your life as much as they continue to transform my life.   I’ll be cheering for you and remember, be patient with yourself: 

1. Resilience Amidst Adversity: Karate is not just about kicks and punches; it’s a school of resilience. Every challenge you face is an opportunity to grow stronger, both on and off the mats. Believe in your ability to overcome obstacles, support each other, and remember, the toughest opponents are often the stepping stones to our greatest victories. Trust your training, stay focused, and face each challenge with determination and patience (relax). 

2. Consistency is Key, Positivity is Power: Just as in karate, consistency is paramount in life. Celebrate small victories, encourage each other’s progress, and witness the positive ripple effect. Your dedication is not just an individual effort; it’s a collective force that uplifts everyone you interact with. Stay committed, be positive, and watch as your shared energy transforms challenges into triumphs. Know and trust that the small efforts of today accumulate into significant achievements. 

3. Mind-Body Connection:  

Karate is not just a physical practice; it’s a holistic journey that connects mind and body. This principle extends to life outside the dojo. Cultivate mindfulness, be present in each moment, and let your actions align with your goals, uplift others, and create an environment where everyone can thrive. Your positive influence goes beyond technique; it fosters a community where each member can reach their fullest potential. 

 A balanced mind-body connection is the key to achieving not only excellence in karate but also success in every aspect of life. 

Believe in yourselves and the goodness within others.  Your potential is limitless and not just individual; it’s a collective force that elevates communities. Embrace the journey, stay positive, and witness the transformative power of your shared dedication. 

Karate and Life is Better When Shared With Others

Be Great, Be YOU!! 

About the author 

Sandra Phillips

Sandra Phillips
Chito-Ryu Karate-Do: 5th Dan, Renshi (Master Instructor) & Kobujutsu 3rd Dan

Sandra is passionate about living her best life and helping people like you live their best lives. No matter what you may be going through, know that your best days are ahead of you. Choose to challenge yourself to do something today that is important to you (no matter how small it may seem) and create ‘practices’ that help you live your best life.

Be Great, Be YOU! Let’s Grow!!

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