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The Minds of Balanced Life Skills Black Belts

What does it mean to be a Balanced Life Skills Black Belt? As Balanced Life Skills students and instructors: We practice with a positive attitude and focus We set goals for ourselves and take actions to meet those goals We practice compassion for both ourselves and others We practice awareness of our thoughts, words and actions on ourself and others. We practice respect for all life forms. Our practice is not just about the physical. Our practice is about creating peace for ourselves and our community. Balanced Life Skills is looking for students and parents who are of the same

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Open-mindedness: trying new things

Recently we had a motivational speaker visit our school and he told me how he asks young children How many of you know how to color?  They go wild telling him how they know how to color.  Then he asks them How many of you know how to dance?  Again the same reaction.  But when speaking to a group of executives at a large conference he asked the same question and the question received a very timid response, many of them waiting to see if someone else was going to put their hand up.
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Overcoming commitment obstacles

Any goal or challenge that we have will have its good days and bad days. We will have time when everything is going right and we feel on top of the world and then there will be other times that ‘nothing’ is going right and we may feel like giving up.

Neither of these extremes are the whole picture.
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Rewards for keeping commitments

At the same time when we keep a promise like that we can say to ourselves that we know we are dependable and that we can reach our goals, because we stick to our commitments. Guess what? The same is true for adults! The people around us begin to trust us and see us as leaders and reliable when we keep our commitments. It makes a big difference.
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Keeping your commitment

When times get tough or things get hard on some front, it is very easy for us to release ourselves from a commitment. When we are good at something, or when it is fun or when we just love doing it and we get rewarded in some manner that meets our needs then it is easy to keep our commitment. In fact we will fight for the ability to keep our promises to ourselves and others.
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