This is an excerpt from Grandmaster Lee’s writing, “The Discipline I’ve Discovered in Developing This System”.
“Your true Black Belt attitudes and beliefs will always influence what you experience in life. Your success and greatest achievements will always be in direct relationship to your total Black Belt mindset. People, what you truly believe in the deepest part of your soul is what you will become.
I hope you will come to see that this Black Belt Master’s mindset is crucial in every aspect of your life both in the school and out. Your beliefs are really self-imposed limits that as Black Belts must be examined and then transcended to become a Master. Remember one of my favorite sayings: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re going to be absolutely right.” Think about it.
In 1954, the entire sports world believed that it was humanly impossible to run a mile in under four minutes. Their limiting belief was supported by research reported in more than fifty medical journals of the time throughout the world attesting to that “fact”. We now know that Roger Bannister challenged and broke through that barrier. What is not so well known is that the sub-four-minute mile was achieved by more than forty-five runners within the next eighteen months. It is difficult to believe that all those athletes increased their performance within that short amount of time. A more likely explanation is that once the four minute barrier was broken, they all believed it could be broken again.
I want you to understand that if your mind truly believes “I can’t”, I have found over the many years of teaching that you will sabotage your own efforts and as your teacher, there is nothing I can do if you really truly deep in your soul believe you can’t. You simply won’t be doing what I’m going to require of you to realize the next level of Black Belt Mastery. But when you use the true Master’s mind set and you believe “I can”, you follow paths of the Black Belt Master behavior and through them really ensure that your dream will come true. To the Master, the psychology of real fulfillment includes the mindsets of hope, motivation, commitment, confidence, courage, concentration, excitement, and observation.
To become a Black Belt Master with me in this system, you need to work at all times, and I truly mean all times, to renounce your past restrictive beliefs about what you can and can’t do in Martial Arts and life. Your power as a Richard Lee Black Belt Master starts with the awareness that you have unlimited potential once you align yourself with the Master’s Mind Set of “I can”. Remember always as one of my Black Belts that acting “as if” you can achieve something is SELF-DIRECTION BUT ALSO REMEMBER THAT IT IS NEVER SELF-DECEPTION. It places you on the road of Black Belt Master excellence. As you forge ahead with me, you will find that you learn from your setbacks and mistakes as well as your successes.
The Master knows to neutralize an extreme chi force with its opposite chi force. Meet hard with soft; fight fire with water; fight anger with love; fight “I can’t” with “I can”. People, your Black Belt Master ability to neutralize extremes gives you the power to alter the reality that surrounds all of us. Beginning to believe that you can rather than you can’t is your ultimate weapon of power to alter your surroundings in life and win. As one of my Black Belts, simply start to act “as if” you can in all that you do.”
This is a blog post I came across today about challenging yourself. It fits right in line with Grandmaster Lee’s writing. Do Something Impossible
Bok Fu Fitness
10 Horse Stance Squats
Straight Leg Kicks up the mat
10 Push Ups
Broad Jumps down the mat
Drop stance/ hardbow/ crane stance up the mat
10 Back Ups
Advanced/Reverse Straight Leg Kicks down the mat
5 Rounds for time
10 Heel hands for power on heavy bag or pad
20 Bok Fu Burpees
30 Sit Ups with Cross Punches
40 Wheel Kick Balance (alternate legs each round)
5 minutes partner stretching for hamstrings/hips/shoulders