THE STORY

In a large Southern city, there is a magnificent shopping center which stands on the former city garbage dump. For over a century no one saw this location as anything but the “garbage dump”.

Many years ago, however, some progressive minded citizens started “seeing” that location as a beautiful new shopping center. Immediately, they stopped dumping garbage and started hauling good, clean fill dirt and dumping over the century old garbage. On this foundation, a magnificent new shopping center was built.

TWO POINTS TO THIS STORY

  1. Notice, you can’t build on garbage. You can’t build a shopping mall on garbage, and neither can you build a happy, successful life on garbage. What do I mean when I say garbage? I’m talking about the garbage of negative thinking. There is no way you will be a happy, positive, productive person if you try to build your life upon a foundation of negative thinking. You won’t be happy and successful, and you won’t become a Black Belt either. There is no way you can achieve a Black Belt by thinking negatively or by criticizing yourself and constantly doubting yourself.
  2. We live in a negative world. Maybe someone has been dumping garbage on you, and in your mind. Garbage can get dumped into your mind by other people (by what they say), or garbage can filter into your mind by things that you hear and read (i.e., media). Either way, like building the mall, you’re going to have to cover up that garbage with some good, clean, positive input into your mind.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • To be happy and successful and to achieve a Black Belt, you must build your life on the foundation of a positive mental attitude!
  • It’s so important to read positive material and be involved with positive things like your Martial Arts training.  To be positive, you must surround yourself with positive things!

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