Life is NOT a Spectator Sport!

Contrary to popular belief “Life is NOT a Spectator Sport” but looking from the outside in you would probably beg to differ. We live in a society that prides itself on doing less with more, instead of more with less.

To be blunt, the majority of us will make any excuse to avoid moving our bodies in a fashion beneficial to our health or interacting with others around us.

We we’re not designed to remain at rest. Inactivity is completely unnatural to the body. And what follows is an eventual breakdown of the body’s equilibrium.

When the beneficial effects of activity on the heart and circulation and indeed on all the body’s systems are absent, everything measurable begins to go awry.

Up goes everything you would like to go down and down everything you would like to go up.

Up goes the girth of the waist and the body weight. Up goes blood pressure and heart rate. Up goes cholesterol and triglycerides.

Down goes vital capacity and oxygen consumption. Down go flexibility, efficiency, stamina and strength.

Fitness and health fast become but a distant memory.

When putting our butts on a couch, eating chips while watching “The Biggest Loser” on the boob tube becomes our perception of exercise and interaction… Houston, I think we definitely have a problem!

Being human we are genetically wired for community, when we are part of a community, we are happier, healthier and live longer, when we lack social contact and interaction our lives become  much less fulfilling and rewarding.

How did we as a society get to this point?

There could be many reasons for this, personally I think technology has become our portal to the outside world and replaced the human connection with nature, ourselves and each other that we so crave and replaced it instead with Facebook.

We as a society have become addicted to technology, and now we rely on it more than ever. Before this decade it would have been absurd to see a teenager with a cell phone, and now elementary schools have to ban them. We have become so adapted to this technology that losing your cell phone or not having internet service for more than a couple of days becomes a crises.

Now I’m not saying that technology is a bad thing, I do love my new iPhone 4, but when technology trumps one on one contact with others and turns into a huge time suck, it’s then that it becomes a serious detriment to our personal well-being…aka, not enough damn exercise and one on one interaction.

Technology has given us a surplus of individualism and health problems and a deficit of companionship and good health, so the deficit becomes a much more valuable commodity.

When our lives become a spectator sport, well, I think that’s a humongous cue to hoist that S.O.S. flag.

Now where did I put those chips?

By: Master Tim Bell


Bell’s Taekwondo is Now Bullfrog Powered with 100% Green Electricity!

Bell’s Taekwondo is taking a stand for 100% low-impact renewable electricity by signing on with Bullfrog Power for our Dojang.  Choosing green electricity is a practical and meaningful way for us to reduce our environmental impact, advance the development of new renewable electricity and help to create a cleaner world for today and tomorrow.

We took this action to do our part to address the environmental effects of conventional electricity generation. Fossil-fuelled electricity generation is a leading industrial source of carbon dioxide, a primary greenhouse gas linked to climate change, as well as other emissions that contribute to poor air quality. Green electricity from emissions-free EcoLogoM-certified sources, such as wind and low-impact hydro, helps to clean up our air quality and reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Bullfrog Power is a viable option available to everyone, providing an immediate way to begin minimizing their carbon footprint. Bullfrog simply ensures that the amount of power that we use is injected onto the regional electricity grid.

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From 0 to 10…

When you hear the phrase “From 0 to 10” do you imagine a fleet of foot runner, the length of distance between point “A” and point “B” or the space shuttle countdown to blast off? Well you’re right, all 3 are correct.

But have you ever thought about the numbers from 0 to 10 as a metaphor for Effort, Excellence, and Indomitable Spirit, with 0 being lack of and 10 with excess.

What is it that separates those who live their lives at a 0, to those that live at a 10, and why do so many of us live in the status quo middle?

Being a Martial Arts instructor, I’ve had students come into my Dojang that represented both ends of the preverbal scale and everything in between. One burning question that I always had was how do I light that fire to get everyone to a 10?

As individuals we are all different and unique, not only aesthetically, but in our composition and inherited DNA. Could this be that we were pigeon holed before birth to either be a 0 or a 10, or is it through life’s circumstances, experiences and karma that will determine our ultimate number in life.

We’ve all heard the feel good stories of celebrities and athletes who came from a life of pain and adversity to rise above the rest.

What is it that drove them to excellence and beyond in their lives?

I believe that a lot of these questions that I propose can be better answered when we as individuals, discover what makes us “Go”.

Here’s an interesting tidbit, whenever I speak to my students, regardless of their age or belt rank, and I touch their “hot button” their enthusiasm and energy always goes higher. All they are really missing is their own strategic plan that would allow them to maintain that level 10 on a consistent basis.

The secret to living at a level 10 is to find out what you think about or do, that will consistently press that “hot button” to elevate your energy and enthusiasm. When you find it, you are now closer to what could be your purpose in life and how far you can rise.

Everyone has God given gifts and talents, no matter what our station in life. These will always be with us. What I do as a Martial Arts instructor is try to find a way for someone to go to that next level with that gift or better yet rediscover and share with others whom are younger or could benefit from their knowledge.

When you finally discover what makes you sing, it becomes much easier to write your song.

Are you living life at a 10?

By: Master Tim Bell

Limits, Labels & Luggage: Leaving Behind What Holds Us Back

Robyn redsuit web1b Limits, Labels & Luggage: Leaving Behind What Holds Us BackBased on Dr. Robyn Silverman’s Keynote: Limits, Labels & Luggage: Shedding the Past so We Can Claim Our Future

Many of us have what I like to call, “Goal Envy.” We see others setting and achieving goals that we want to be our own.  And yet, we come up with all kinds of reasons why we can’t succeed.

It’s not the right time.

I’m not that kind of person.

I would never have the _______, _________, or _________ to be able to do it.

Even before we try—no—even before we allow ourselves to think about setting such a goal–we have already come up with why we could never achieve it.  So, we sit by watching, longing, and wishing that our “luck” would change.

When we think of those who do indeed succeed we know that luck (being in the right place at the right time or knowing the right people) may be just one small piece of their success.  Intuitively we know that hard work, brains, skill, and a go-gettem’ attitude may have also played a part. But more than all of those things, these people know that the true secret of success is the: (1) Removal of limits; (2) Shedding of Labels; and (3) Unpacking of one’s Luggage.

Limits: These loom in front of us like a stop sign at the foot of a mountain.  Weconvince blog stop Limits, Labels & Luggage: Leaving Behind What Holds Us Backourselves that “that goal” and that climb is not possible for us. What we don’t often realize (as we convince ourselves of something that we believe with all consciousness) is that these limits are typically self-imposed and based on the past.  Most inventions are thought to be impossible until they are invented just as many records are thought to be unbreakable until they are broken. Roger Bannister was the first man to run a 4-minute mile, something that people knew without a shadow of doubt, couldn’t be done.  And yet, he did it because he believed he could. He removed the limit and then achieved the goal.  That is the order of things. What limits are you buying into that keep you from claiming your most fulfilling future?

Labels: This is our own Scarlet Letter. Some are bestowed. Others are self imposed. Either way, blog labelfragile Limits, Labels & Luggage: Leaving Behind What Holds Us Backthey become part of us. We brand ourselves with an iron so hot that we often can’t see ourselves without the label we’ve assumed.  Shy. Ugly. Loner. Party Girl. Stupid. Player. Slut. Yes, at times there are positive labels that push us in a positive direction but even markers like “the responsible one” and “the A student” can keep us from taking risks and admitting fault or struggle. Labels put us in a box and don’t allow us to grow.  They don’t allow us to color outside the lines of our life even when the benefits are obvious. They yield to expectations and allow us (and others) to prejudge how we’ll act even before we do. What labels are keeping you from claiming what you really want?

Luggage: One thing that everyone has in common is that we all have a past.  Whether you are Oprah Winfrey, Robyn Silverman, or the boy that lives on the corner of Main and Broad, everyone has a compilation of experiences that have made them who they are today.  The problem is, we take all those experiences and allow them to define what we are tomorrow as well.  We shy awayblog suitcase Limits, Labels & Luggage: Leaving Behind What Holds Us Back from certain risks, people, and opportunities because of something that happened last year, 10 years ago, or when we were little kids.  We were bullied so we don’t assert ourselves too loudly.  We failed a math class so we don’t even try for pre-med.  We even allow our baggage to sabotage the achievements that are so close they are practically ours.  Think of the boy who froze on stage in 5th grade and now won’t allow himself to become Valedictorian for fear someone will ask him to speak at commencement.  Or the women who was told she was “irresponsible” and now won’t allow herself to start her own business. Luggage is powerful. What’s holding you down? What’s holding you back from setting and getting the goals you truly desire?

The thing about limits, labels, and luggage is that they are only as powerful as we allow them to be.  Others may buy into them but we give them weight. What can you do today to disengage and disconnect? Where would you be without these restrictions? No doubt you would be living your most fulfilling life. Believe it. See it. Achieve it. Assume your rightful place in this world.  It’s waiting for you.

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By: Dr. Robyn Silverman