Tuesday, June 24, 2008
We wanted him to be able to bring her over but we were worried about our German Sheppard, Sachi’s aggressiveness towards other dogs. Marge, our pug breeder, is an expert dog trainer and she offered to help me socialize the two dogs.
It took only about 15 minutes to have the two dogs walking together. Knowing Sachi’s history, I was truly amazed sort of like the dog’s owners on the Dog Whisperer. In the hour, she schooled me on the basics of dog leadership. In less than a week, I see a huge difference in my dog.
The amazing thing is that dog’s are a mirror to your leadership skills. If you direct the focus from the dog’s bad behavior to your leadership of the dog, your relationship with your dog changes forever. Ever walk and interaction with the dog is a test of your leadership. If your dog is calm and balanced, you are projecting the correct emotions and energy.
This training was just in time because…
I injured my foot in classes, leaving me with a serious limb. I could not walk the dogs because of the swelling.
What was I going to do? Well, Marge said she walked her dogs on the treadmill. I saw the same trick on the Dog Whisperer. I wondered if I could train them on the treadmill. I knew that if I decided to try it, I needed to follow through or risk making my dog fearful of the treadmill.
I decided to go for it. Amazingly, it took me less than one minute to teach both of my dogs. After the 20 minute treadmill walking session, I found that the treadmill requires the dog to really focus in on walking, therefore, tiring them out physically and mentally. Once my foot heals, I will continue the outside walks, but the treadmill will be a great option for the wintertime. My wife, Ester, was amazed and even found it cute.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Technology is changing everything. I found that my library offers downloads of Audiobooks online through OverDrive Media for free. All you need is a valid library card.
OverDrive Media is a desktop application that lets you use your library card to download and view media for a specific amount of time, just like checking out a book from the library. Like the library, only one person can checkout an item at a time. Once your time expires, it becomes available for someone else.
Currently, my library allows me to download AudioBooks, but in researching OverDrive Media, I found that some libraries let you download e-books also. Wow, free books without the drive or the need to store them.
To see if your library is part of the program, check out the OverDrive website here.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Zone is not an ability reserved only for sports pros. Individuals can reach the zone in work, at play, and at home. The Zone is when we work in total harmony with our surrounding. The Japanese call this harmony mushin.
This state of mind is attainable by everyone and we can learn it. The studies given in the book are very interesting. They show that entering the zone requires three basic elements.
First, they found that participant tended to enter the zone when challenged just beyond their typical limits. If the challenge was too far beyond or too far below, they were not able to reach the zone.
The second element is that the participants had an extreme focus on the goal. In other words, everything else melted away as they focused intently on the goal. Interesting! I guess this reiterates the importance of setting goals.
Finally, the research found that people entering the zone had relaxation response to the stress. In other words, the researcher observed that the participant’s heart rates, upon entering the zone, slowed as their performance increase, even in physical activities!
I see many of these elements coming together this year in my life. It’s the feel of everything going right. I consistent challenge myself in every area of life. A few years ago, I would never believe what I am capable of today. This year, I have more intently tracked my progress towards my written goals – keeping me more focused. And during it all, I feel more relaxed and balanced than I’ve ever been.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This week, I started my summer door hanger flyer runs. I treat these flyer runs like I am training for the Olympics. I ride my bike to the local areas. Instead of walking from door to door, I jog the route. It’s a great cross training workout because you are not only running but the course involves uneven surfaces, hills, quick turns, and steps, then riding your bike to the next area.
I am feeling the burn today. It’s like that new Parkour workout, which started in France and is kind of like a French Urban Ninja workout. Parkour uses the environment and natural obstacles as a workout. For more information, check out the Wikipedia definition at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour.
When I train, I always approach it like I am training for the Olympics. In this case, it’s the marketing Olympics.
Approach every day like it’s your Olympics.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Because I find it amazing to watch people strive through adversity and succeed. I also constantly see these amazing transformations happen at our dojo. Every time, it fills me with immense joy. I never get tired of it. It’s why we do what we do.
Click here to watch the episode
I think this show provides so many lessons for our own training.
First, I’ve watched other episodes of MADE. I see one commonality in every episode – their friends, family, and boyfriend/ girlfriends become their biggest enemies. You would think the opposite would happen that everyone would rally around the person as they transform, but instead they experience jeers, jokes, relationship problems, etc. This does not mean that you need to disassociate yourself with these people just don’t accept their image of you as true. In fact, use it to propel you forward.
Second, your greatest failures are prequels to your greatest successes. I think that most people give up just before their greatest success happens. Ryan hit so many roadblocks and strived through them towards his final success. Persistence is a virtue.
Finally, find a coach to support you through the difficult times and to kick you in the a#$ when you are not motivated. As adults, most people lack and avoid proper coaching in their life. We slip into a life of mediocrity because we don’t want anyone telling us what to do (like our parents did when we were young). Unfortunately, the very people who avoid coaching are the ones who need it the most.
Chan Lee, Thank you for taking five weeks of your time to demonstrate the true value of the Martial Arts in transforming individuals. You did a wonderful job in producing an excellent show.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Ester and I think Bobby Flay is great. This recipe comes for his book, Bobby Flay's Grilling For Life with tons of great healthy recipes for the grill.
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons capers, drained
Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, zest, dill, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil and blend until emulsified. Pour the vinaigrette into a small bowl and stir in the capers
4 skinless salmon fillets, 6 ounces each
4 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Fresh dill sprigs
Heat your grill to high. Brush the salmon fillets on both sides with the oil and season with the salt and pepper. Place fillets on grill. Cook until golden brown and a crust has formed, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the salmon over and continue grilling for 3 to 4 minutes until cooked to medium.
Remove from grill. Pour 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette over each fillet, and let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with dill sprigs. Serve remaining vinaigrette on side.
Friday, June 13, 2008
We base our whole school system and determine whether an individual will be successful by IQ-type standardized test like the SAT’s and grades in school. Their research showed that IQ alone is a poor indicator of future success.
This is where it gets interesting. They determined that testing for other skills is a better indicator of future success – dubbed emotional intelligence.
One of the greatest benefits of our karate program is that we develop these emotional intelligences in our students. By honing our student’s emotional intelligence, we develop the leaders within them. Obtaining these skills is equivalent to earning a Harvard or Yale degree in success and leadership.
So what are these magical skill of Emotional Intelligence that transform our students.
5 Main Domains to Mastering Emotional Intelligence
1. Knowing one’s emotions – Self-awareness is the key - being able to recognizing a feeling as it happens. The Martial Arts enhances these skills from the first day in class. We teach students to be keening aware of their body and mind whether it’s focusing on perfecting a physical technique or monitoring our attitude.
2. Managing Emotions – This is about handing feelings appropriately. We teach our student’s skill like anger management and personal resiliency. These skill help our students to shake off bad moods and attitudes. They become able bounce back even in the face of adversity.
3. Motivating oneself – Marshalling emotions in the service of a goal and delaying instant gratification is essential to paying attention, creativity, and mastery. Emotional self-control opens the door for get into “The Zone” that enables superior performance of all kinds. Our belt system creates small goals that gradual challenge our students into higher and higher levels performance.
4. Recognizing Emotions in Others – Once we understand ourselves through self-awareness, empathy is the fundamental “people skill.” People with empathy our more attune with subtle social cues that let them know what others need or want. Our Random Acts of Kindness program polishes this valuable skill in our students.
5. Handling Relationships – The art of relationships is about projecting and managing emotions in others. Social competence is the foundation of popularity, leadership, and interpersonal effectiveness. Martial Arts build camaraderie, teamwork, and good sportsmanship between students.
Emotional Intelligence these days is as essential to our success as getting good grades in school. A excellence karate program is one of the only places to receive this indispensable success training and leadership development.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Now, I'm back and stronger than ever! April and May were big months at our dojo. I am currently working diligently to expand our new and improved leadership program that we will release by July.
Alright! Here's my recipe of the week.
This recipe is from Sandwiches, Panini, and Wraps: Recipes for the Original Anytime and Anywhere Meal. If you remember, I gave a recipe from this book a few weeks ago. I am enjoying the recipes in this book because they are fun and easy to make.
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1 cloves of garlic
4 portuguese sweet rolls or Hawaiian rolls
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
8 slices swiss cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked
1/4 cup whole cilantro leaves
6 ounces oven-roasted ham, thinly sliced
6 ounces roasted chicken breast, thinly sliced
Preheat gill to medium. Combine oil and garlic in small bowl and set aside. Combine mustard and sweet relish in second bowl. Spread bottom half of each roll evenly with mustard/relish mixture. Layer with Swiss cheese, bacon, cilantro leaves, ham, chicken, and top half of roll. Coat outside half of each roll with garlic/ oil mixture. Grill until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Remove from grill and let sit for 5 minutes.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Here’s some tips for a Safe and Fun Summer
2. Get Permission – Before you go anywhere, get your parent’s permission first and then let them know which route you are taking
3. Go With Friends – When you go places this summer, travel with friends when possible. You’ll have a good time, and can look out for each other.
4. Never Talk to Strangers – Never talk to strangers. Don’t accept rides or gifts from them. If a stranger asks you a question, don’t talk to them. Run away
5. Stay on Guard – Stand with confidence and be aware of your surroundings. If you see anyone doing something that makes you uneasy, tell your parents or a trusted adult.
6. Stay Safe on the Internet – People on the web may not be who they say they are. Never give out your name, address, or any other personal information.
7. Don’t Tell Anyone You’re Home Alone – When you’re by yourself, keep the doors locked. If someone calls on the phone, or comes to the door, don’t let them know that you’re home alone.