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You’ve Got To Work Through The Process

Feb 1st 2011 at 6:17 AM

I’d just graduated 5th grade with all A’s and on the 1st day of summer vacation, my best friend’s dad rewarded us with a day at a nearby Karate tournament. He had front-row tickets and I was so excited I could hardly stand it. Other than looking through the window at the dojo Karate school) that was down the street from our house, I’d only seen Karate fights in the movies. This time I’d be up front and close to the action.

Before starting the actual fights, they put on several demonstrations. There were guys and girls showing their styles and techniques, and some of them were my age. I especially liked the weapons demonstrations with nunchakus, swords, throwing-stars, and the like.

After the demos, some of the karate teachers, known as Senseis, and their students went through the crowd passing out fliers inviting people to join their schools. I recognized the teacher from the school near my house and waved at him. He came over and I told him how cool the demos were, and that I would love to learn how to do Karate. He told me that it took a total commitment to work through the process. But if I’d give him that (and $30 bucks a month) he would help me succeed.

Well I came from a large family and my folks didn’t have $30 bucks a month to spend on Karate. So I got a paper route and mowed lawns in order to pay for it myself. Nothing was going to stop me from doing this.

On the 1st day of class the Sensei explained how the training worked. There were 5 levels or phases of the training, and whenever you completed a phase you were awarded a different color belt to show your achievements. Each phase took an average of 90 days to complete and was broken down into 30-day segments. In the first month we were going to exercise –a lot! We had to build endurance, and strength. And we had to teach our muscles new habits, new ways to move. Then during the 2nd month, we would learn punching, kicking, and blocking techniques and start putting them together into routines (or katas in Japanese). In the 3rd month we’d just practice-practice-practice until we could perform those katas in our sleep. The rest of the phases would work exactly the same way. All told, it would take a little over a year to reach Black Belt (expert) status.

It wasn’t easy. There were all kinds of distractions. Getting up at 5 am every morning to deliver papers in all kinds of weather made me want to quit more than a few times. Mowing lawns and shoveling snow was no fun either. And on top of it all I had to keep my grades up or I’d be forced to quit. But through it all, I want you to know that I showed up at that dojo nearly every day over that year no matter what it took. I worked my butt off. And I earned my Black Belt, became a paid instructor, and was a “featured” tournament fighter and demonstrator. I wanted it more than anything else in the world, and with commitment, hard work and excellent instruction, I achieved my goal.

Hi. My name is James Medley. I’m an Internet Marketing newbie. I’ve spent the past 7 months virtually punching and kicking at air. I HAVE NO TECHNIQUE! But I’m about to fix that. I’ve just begun a 100-day Internet Marketing Challenge under my new Senseis, Jordan Schultz and Adam Chandler; both recognized Superstars in the industry. They’ve inspired me to believe in myself again. So I’ve set some very high goals considering I’ve only got 3 months to achieve them. And it’s going to take a total commitment to work through the process. But my Senseis have promised me, that if I’ll give them that, they’ll help me succeed. And it won’t even cost me $30 bucks a month!

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