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Personal Best Karate

How To Acknowledge And Welcome All Your Experiences

Posted: May 17, 2019

Excerpt from the book “Be Your Personal Best: Confidence” written by Master Christopher Rappold

You is it! I know that’s bad grammar, but it is true. The mix of favorites and not so favorites, the good and the bad, the strengths and the weaknesses -- all add up to form who you are today. The exciting part about being human is that most things can be changed or improved.

Allow me to move to an analogy to illustrate the point I want to make. Let’s imagine you are carrying a piece of furniture down a narrow hallway. As you navigate the turn into a room you misjudge and catch your finger in between the furniture and the wall…Ouch. Has it ever happened to you? Well it’s happened to me and it hurts.

After you put the furniture down, you run your finger under cold water and apply some ice. Your finger at that moment isn’t as good and functional as the other fingers but you take care of it and nurse it back to normal health.

Question, do you waste your time hating your finger, wishing it didn’t exist, hoping your finger would just go away? Of course not. You realize your bruised finger is as much a part of you as any other part of you. You know you are better with it than without it, so you do what you can to nurse it back to full health and function.

Each part of you --your fears, doubts and worries, anxieties and things you perceive as imperfections-- are all in the mix of what makes you who you are. If you perceive any of them bruised or in need of improvement or repair, then simply attend to them with the same loving care you would give to a hurt finger. Take the time to determine what needs to happen to make whatever part of you needing healing or improvement better. Hating a part of yourself is as helpful as hating your finger for getting hurt, it’s wasted energy that could be invested in other ways to make you.

Human beings are imbued with the choice and the abilities to change virtually anything about themselves they want. Recognizing this amazing freedom and taking small actions each day to move in the direction of the person you want to become may be the greatest secret to bringing your greatness to the surface getting your heart mind and soul to smile.

Master Christopher Rappold has authored many books on personal development as well as self-defense and bullying strategies. His book Be Your Personal Best: Confidence helps guide yourself and/or others in being more confident and being more successful in life. If you would like a free copy of this book, please visit here.