Don’t scold yourself or others for falling short of your standards.


Don't scold yourself or others for falling short of your standards.

Don’t scold yourself or others for falling short of your standards.

Cognitive Distortions – Part 8
Don’t scold yourself or others for falling short of your standards. 

Do you find yourself telling yourself, “I should’ve done this” or “I should’ve done that”? These type of words and the tone of them can create unnecessary frustration in your life. When you have goals, it’s human to fall short at times. No one achieves everything they want. Take a closer look at your journey and all the knowledge, skills, and relationships you’ve gained. Don’t you think all of them are wins? They are!

Now, the same goes for how you judge others. Don’t scold them for falling short of your standards. I repeat “your standards,” which could be blown out of proportion (another cognitive distortion). Instead, look at all of their gains, which you may have overlooked because of your frustration. Again, as humans, we won’t achieve everything we want to accomplish, but we all can grow from our journey. Appreciate yourself and others for the journeys we undertake.

Sending love and positive energy to you!

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The Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiter is a versatile accessory that can be used as a face covering, headband, bandana, wristband, & neck warmer. 


Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiters worn by a female model

The Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiter is a versatile accessory that can be used as a face covering, headband, bandana, wristband, & neck warmer. 😃⁠

The design on the neck gaiter is of Master 7, the master of mindset to encourage you to maintain a positive mindset daily for a happier life. Check our blog for mindset practices at www.positivemasters.com⁠. Oh, and you can also purchase this neck gaiter here: Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiters.

• 95% polyester & 5% elastane (fabric composition may vary by 1%)⁠
• Breathable & stretch fabric⁠
• Washable & reusable⁠
• One size⁠ fits most
• Printed on one side, reverse side is left blank⁠⁠

The Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiter is a versatile accessory that can be used as a face covering, headband, bandana, wristband, and neck warmer. 

The Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiter is a versatile accessory that can be used as a face covering, headband, bandana, wristband, and neck warmer.

Enter the +positive masters+ universe at www.positivemasters.com for mindset practices, motivational writing, & apparel with inspirational mantras and designs to boost your happiness & counter any stress, anxiety, sadness, or anger that you may be facing. 😊⁠

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To the full extent permissible by law, Positive Masters disclaims all warranties on cloth face coverings and other types of face coverings, expressed or implied, including but not limited to, implied warranties that the cloth face coverings and other types of face coverings will prevent users from contracting germs, other contaminants, and infectious diseases such as but not limited to, viruses and the common cold.

To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Pursuant to the CDC, cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under two years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended by the CDC are not N-95 respirators or surgical masks. Per CDC guidance, those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), N-95 respirators, surgical masks, and cloth face coverings do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants, nor do they completely eliminate the risk of illness or death. The FDA, along with the U.S. Surgeon General, both agree with and reference the CDC’s recommendation that members of the public use simple cloth face coverings when in a public setting to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, since this will help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

As recommended by the CDC, cloth face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. According to the CDC’s guidance, a washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands their immediately after removing their face covering.

On behalf of all of us at Positive Masters, we thank you for your understanding of this disclaimer and the recommendations by the CDC, U.S. Surgeon General, and FDA. Together, we can help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and other infectious diseases. Our cloth face masks are one-size fits most for adults. As mentioned above, our cloth face masks are recommended by the CDC, U.S. Surgeon General, and FDA to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus; however, they do not completely protect you from contracting germs, other contaminants, and infectious diseases.

For more information on the novel coronavirus and face coverings, you can visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov, the U.S. Surgeon General’s website at http://www.hhs.gov, and the FDA’s website at http://www.fda.gov.

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I’ve got you locked in my mental clock.


I've got you locked in my mental clock. A romantic poem based on my first novel.

I’ve got you locked in my mental clock. A romantic poem based on my first novel.

I’ve got you locked in my mental clock.

When I meditate, I go back to our first date.

A different time that no longer exists.

I say I don’t need anyone; yet, my dream persists.

I step into the stream where I last danced with you.

If everything isn’t true, then why do I still love you?

– +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 4/23/2020 – ✒

This love poem was inspired by my first novel (unpublished) about a young politician, Ken who’s miserable with the adversity in his career until he meets a young woman, Kaylee in a coffee shop in his dream – only this is not a dream but a place where lost souls are trapped. As he helps Kaylee to heal the emotional pain of her past, he soothes the struggles of his own soul. However, if Ken saves Kaylee from her suffering, he will lose her forever. To make things worse, there are dark forces who don’t want Ken to learn the secrets of their world. 📖

One of my favorite things to do is write fiction and poems that has a romantic element in them. Love can bring great passion; yet, it can quickly turn dark with sorrow. That’s why in many novels and movies, you’ll see a love interest in the story for that dramatic effect. So long as you can see romance as an adventurous journey rather than something that has to remain in cloud nine forever, you can appreciate its beauty. ❤

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The Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiter is a versatile accessory that can be used as a face covering, headband, bandana, wristband, and neck warmer. 


The Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiter is a versatile accessory that can be used as a face covering, headband, bandana, wristband, and neck warmer. 

The Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiter is a versatile accessory that can be used as a face covering, headband, bandana, wristband, and neck warmer.

The Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiter is a versatile accessory that can be used as a face covering, headband, bandana, wristband, and neck warmer. You can purchase this nick gaiter here: Positive Masters Logo Unisex Neck Gaiters.

• 95% polyester, 5% elastane (fabric composition may vary by 1%)
• Fabric weight: 6.19 oz/yd² (210 g/m²)
• Breathable fabric
• Washable and reusable
• Four-way stretch fabric that stretches and recovers on the cross and lengthwise grains
• One size fits most
• Printed on one side, reverse side is left blank

Disclaimer for Face Coverings

To the full extent permissible by law, Positive Masters disclaims all warranties on cloth face coverings and other types of face coverings, expressed or implied, including but not limited to, implied warranties that the cloth face coverings and other types of face coverings will prevent users from contracting germs, other contaminants, and infectious diseases such as but not limited to, viruses and the common cold.

To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Pursuant to the CDC, cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under two years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended by the CDC are not N-95 respirators or surgical masks. Per CDC guidance, those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), N-95 respirators, surgical masks, and cloth face coverings do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants, nor do they completely eliminate the risk of illness or death. The FDA, along with the U.S. Surgeon General, both agree with and reference the CDC’s recommendation that members of the public use simple cloth face coverings when in a public setting to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, since this will help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

As recommended by the CDC, cloth face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. According to the CDC’s guidance, a washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering. Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands their immediately after removing their face covering.

On behalf of all of us at Positive Masters, we thank you for your understanding of this disclaimer and the recommendations by the CDC, U.S. Surgeon General, and FDA. Together, we can help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and other infectious diseases. Our cloth face masks are one-size fits most for adults. As mentioned above, our cloth face masks are recommended by the CDC, U.S. Surgeon General, and FDA to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus; however, they do not completely protect you from contracting germs, other contaminants, and infectious diseases.

For more information on the novel coronavirus and face coverings, you can visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov, the U.S. Surgeon General’s website at www.hhs.gov, and the FDA’s website at www.fda.gov.

With Warmest Aloha,

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My second office in my living room.


My second office in my living room where I'm able to do business law, business development, e-commerce, research, writing, branding, marketing, and graphic design for my businesses or for my clients.

My second office in my living room where I’m able to do business law, business development, e-commerce, research, writing, branding, marketing, and graphic design for my businesses or for my clients.

 

I have two work stations at my home, one in my office and one in my living room. With technology, basically my laptop and smart phone, I’m able to do business law, business development, e-commerce, research, writing, branding, marketing, and graphic design for my businesses or for my clients. It’s been tough, like it’s been for you. I’m focusing on the things I can control such as some new products and services for my brand +positive masters+ at www.positivemasters.com. I’m super excited! 😉

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Creativity makes your soul happier.


Creativity makes your soul happier.

Creativity makes your soul happier.

I recently watched The Florida Project on Netflix, a movie by Sean Baker about the innocence of kids making the most of their lives despite being poor. I cried. No matter what problems you have, there’s so many other people facing tougher challenges. What an amazing movie, with both playful humor and heart-wrenching drama!


My heart melts for the children going through so many difficulties. Resiliently, many of these kids are still able to find ways to have fun. In my second novel, I wrote about the adversities the children in Iraq faced after the invasion by the U.S. I’m still pitching this story to the literary industry.

I feel for all of you going through tough times. I believe some of your greatest work can come from your emotional pain. If you have something creative you enjoy working on, whether it be drawing, creative writing, craftsmanship, fixing-up vehicles, acting, singing, filmmaking, music production, interior decorating, making crafts, cooking, developing games, photography, software programming, sculpturing, pottery, or anything that sparks joy in your soul, keep doing it when you have time. In fact, make time for it. Creativity makes your soul happier. I love you guys!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon Riki Karamatsu
+postive masters+

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Don’t believe your distorted emotions are the truth.


Don't believe your distorted emotions are the truth.

Don’t believe your distorted emotions are the truth.

Cognitive Distortions – Part 7
Don’t believe your distorted emotions are the truth. 

Don’t believe your distorted emotions are the truth. For example, you make a mistake and tell yourself, “I feel like an idiot; therefore, I am an idiot.” No you’re not an idiot. You made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. In that case, everyone is an idiot. Please. That’s simply not true.

Let’s say you broke up with your lover, and this is the third time you’ve had a serious relationship. You tell yourself, “Since this is my third break-up, no one will ever love me.” Again, your emotions are grossly exaggerated. You have many potential partners out there, and if they had an opportunity to know you, many of them could fall in love with you.

Stay positive! You are wonderful! Sending positive energy to you!

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Try tweaking your personal life and business to make a pivot.


Try tweaking your personal life and business to make a pivot.

Try tweaking your personal life and business to make a pivot.

Try tweaking your personal life and business to make a pivot.

A couple of days ago, I walked around my neighborhood with my friend Claire Ann Niibu @bizcoachclaire who I’ve known since our time as students at Pearl City High School. She’s a business coach who consults in person and offers online courses such as accounting at www.bizcoachclaire.com. We shared our latest happenings in our lives. “I feel like I reached my limits,” I explained. Throughout 2020, I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed and worn down with my business projects and personal challenges. To top it off, like many of you, the Coronavirus has made things worse. How can I feel like this when I apply so many psychology, philosophy, and mindset practices in my life? I share these practices on my personal blog here at www.jonriki.com, on +positive masters+ blog at www.positivemasters.com, and on +positive masters+ and my social media platforms. Yes, I still go through my ups and downs. In my most challenging times, even with the full force of all the mindset practices I utilize, sometimes all I need is a motivational comment from a friend to snap me out of my dark cloud.

Claire told me to try to make some tweaks in my life and business. Using the word “tweak” total shifted my perception of what I needed to do. Rather than being overwhelmed by the huge mountain I have to climb that’s way out in the distance, I started seeing the different trails in front of me. Maybe, I’ll take a different path, or heck, I should go off of these paths and travel where no one really goes. I’ll wear different shoes with more support. As I hike, instead of only listening to music, I’ll mix in some motivational podcasts. Hmmm, these tweaks are making the journey more fun! I’m noticing the little yellow flowers in the green meadow swaying with the breeze and the puffy white clouds floating across the light blue sky. Reaching the top of the snowcapped mountain is just a bonus. It’s the journey that makes life interesting.

Likewise, I need to see the beauty of my journey in my career. I love learning. Therefore, I have to uncover exciting knowledge that will spark fresh ideas. I get a high off of building new skills. Thus, I need to push the boundaries to try different things that will develop the skills that I need to execute on my ideas. Yup, trial and error, that’s how we evolve. Numerous of iterations and tweaks – that’s what we need to do to keep moving towards our dreams.

Wishing you the best in your journey of personal growth!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon Riki Karamatsu
+positive masters+

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Embrace obstacles as something that normally occurs. So when something does go wrong, you’re calm and ready to take it on like it’s no big deal. Tell yourself, “I will become better because of this obstacle.”


Embrace obstacles as something that normally occurs. So when something does go wrong, you're calm and ready to take it on like it's no big deal. Tell yourself, "I will become better because of this obstacle."

Embrace obstacles as something that normally occurs. So when something does go wrong, you’re calm and ready to take it on like it’s no big deal. Tell yourself, “I will become better because of this obstacle.”

It always amazes me when people get upset by an obstacle, like when someone rejects their work or business proposal. They start blaming the messenger. They dumb down the system. They attack the other party that rejected them. This is wasted energy. They could use their precious energy for their next moves.

Don’t be surprised when something goes wrong because it will. Those who wish obstacles never get in their way will always be upset when they do. Those who wish everything is suppose to be perfect will always get upset for any imperfection that occurs. If they don’t blame themselves for the obstacle, they blame others.

No, not you, for you are ready for the good days and even more ready for the bad days. You embrace obstacles as something that normally occurs. So when something does go wrong, you’re calm and ready to take it on like it’s no big deal. You tell yourself, “I will become better because of this obstacle.”

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Embrace your weirdness. It makes you unique. Heck, it could make you a superstar!


Embrace your weirdness. It makes you unique. Heck, it could make you a superstar!

Embrace your weirdness. It makes you unique. Heck, it could make you a superstar!

Embrace your weirdness. It makes you unique. Heck, it could make you a superstar!

You may think something that you’re passionate about is weird; however, that passion may be greatly valued by people. For example, you enjoy collecting Lego since you were a child, and you continue to do so well into your adult years. So you create copyright, videos, and audio about all the things you can build with Lego and provide great tips. People who love Lego from all over the world enjoy your content. Over time, you become a guru of Lego, and people are willing to buy products and services related to Lego from or through you.

Maybe you have a weird imagination. You come up with strange stories never been told before. You showcase short stories and samples of your full-length stories in your blog. After awhile, you develop a following who enjoys your weird style of writing who would love to purchase the debut novel you’re working on.

Take a look at your weirdness. Is there something you can do with it to provide value for others?

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Don’t blow things up out of proportion or minimize them.


Don't blow things up out of proportion or minimize them.

Don’t blow things up out of proportion or minimize them.

Cognitive Distortions – Part 6

Don’t blow things up out of proportion or minimize them.

When you fail, don’t exaggerate your errors and imperfections. Don’t blow them up way out of proportion because doing so will cause you unnecessary grief. Everyone make mistakes. Failure plays a huge role in your learning process; however, you may fear it as you get older. Constantly remind yourself that failure is part of your growth. If you fall down, you can get back up again stronger by learning from your mistakes. When you tried to walk as baby, you would fall down often, sometimes getting injured; yet, you kept getting up and trying again until walking became second nature.

Products, services, and philosophical and scientific theories are proven through trial and error. Thomas Edison went through thousands of prototypes before he was able to successfully create the light bulb. Henry Ford became financially broke 5 times and was advised to stay away from the automobile industry. He persisted until he successfully developed automobiles for the commercial market.

Even Albert Einstein struggled. As a student, he performed so poorly that he nearly decided to drop out and sell life insurance. After graduating from the Swiss Polytechnic Institute at 21 years old, Einstein had to work many odd jobs to sustain himself. His father died believing he was a failure. Einstein was emotionally crushed. Eventually, he became employed as a patent clerk. He would review patents and analyze mathematical equations daily, and he loved it. Einstein’s passion for math led him down the path to becoming one of the greatest scientists in world history. This example shows how failure can lead you to your passions.

Some failures are out of your control such as a car exploding and crashing into your vehicle, causing you to miss an important meeting that that ended badly with the investor leaving. Or, like our current situation with the Coronavirus, a pandemic spreads, causing the economy to shut down, which leads to you losing money. In these situations that are out of your control, don’t exaggerate the errors and imperfections. Instead, always have gratitude for the positive – you are still alive.

Neither should you exaggerate the errors and imperfections of others. By doing so, you will lash out undue judgment. This is where having empathy for others can tame your distorted view on the failure of others. Remind yourself that you could fail just as bad or worse. If you place hell on others, be ready to receive the same wrath from people when you fail at the same thing.

When I was a litigation attorney, I was once stuck in traffic for almost 2 hours on the freeway, on my way to Honolulu District Court from West Oahu because of an accident ahead of me. I arrived at the courtroom with 5 minutes before it was to start; but the judge was already sitting in her chair gaveling the start of the hearing. She berated me without giving me a chance to apologize. A year later, that same judge was almost a half an hour late to another court hearing. She sat down and oversaw the hearing like nothing happened. She didn’t even apologize to any of us. In this real life example, the judge blew things way out of proportion for me even though I had 5 minutes more before the court was to begin; whereas, she treated her tardiness like it never happened. Moral of the story, don’t blow things out of proportion for the errors of others either. You will cause unnecessary stress on your target and others around you. When you make the same mistake, shit will start flying back at you, whether it is uncomfortable stares or more. People like that also seem to have less friends because they hold high standards on others that doesn’t apply to themselves.

Lastly, when it comes to your strengths, don’t minimize them. For instance, when you achieve a nice score on your test, don’t minimize your success by telling yourself that you were just lucky when you studied your butt off. When your third attempt at a start-up company finally succeeds, don’t pass it off as simply being lucky. No, you worked darn hard for many years to get where you are. You sacrificed by living with little money to build your business. Embrace your success. Don’t shrink them. Nor should you minimize the success of others. They also sacrificed a lot to achieve them. Be happy for them. If you’re minimizing yourself now, let me say this, “You’re great, and you deserve those wins! Keep crushing it!”

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To live in the present, you must move with time. The magic happens when you consistently move with time.


To live in the present, you must move with time. The magic happens when you consistently move with time.

To live in the present, you must move with time. The magic happens when you consistently move with time.

I came up with the following quote early in the morning of April 2, 2020 when I thought about how important it is for your conscience to be moving in step with time and to not be stuck in your depressed past or ahead in your anxious future:

To live in the present, you must move with time.
The past does not move. Neither does the future.
Whatever you experienced in the past, stays there.
As for the future, it remains still, waiting for you.
The magic happens when you consistently move with time.

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To live in the present, you must move with time.


To live in the present, you must move with time.

To live in the present, you must move with time.

I came up with the following quote early in the morning of April 2, 2020 when I thought about how important it is for your conscience to be moving in step with time and to not be stuck in your depressed past or ahead in your anxious future:

To live in the present, you must move with time.

The past does not move. Neither does the future.

Whatever you experienced in the past, stays there.

As for the future, it remains still, waiting for you.

The magic happens when you consistently move with time.

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Flower Therapy & Color Therapy!


Orange Kalanchoe flowers for flower therapy and color therapy!

Orange Kalanchoe flowers for flower therapy and color therapy!

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, I won these orange Kalanchoe flowers from playing bingo at an event hosted by the Jodo Shu Hawaii Fujinkai, a women’s organization within Jodo Shu Hawaii. It’s a beautiful succulent plant for your home or garden.

When you care for other living things such as flowers, you get a good feeling and a sense of accomplishment. A dopamine rush lifts your spirit.

Orange can be an uplifting color with its attention-grabbing brightness, which is perhaps why it is often used in marketing. Orange can make you feel happy and energized!

What are your favorite flowers? What are you favorite colors? Use flower therapy and color therapy to alleviate your stress, worries, depression and/or anger.

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Simplicity is in our core.


Simplicity is in our core. If we lose our appreciation for this, we lose our being.

Simplicity is in our core. If we lose our appreciation for this, we lose our being.
– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 3/19/2018 –

Cherish every little thing that brings value into your life. Be present with your loved ones and savor those times with them.

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I seek savior in ages of critical thought.


I seek savior in ages of critical thought.

I seek savior in ages of critical thought.

I’m so lost.
I have one foot in the living,
while the other foot is out.
I seek savior in ages of critical thought.

– poem, +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 3/3/2020 –

At times, you may have conflicting feelings that pull you in opposite directions. In this poem, I refer to your feeling of wanting to get away from everything; yet, you’re still wanting to be a part of it. You’re frustrated with the bad things in the universe; yet, you greatly appreciate the good. If you’re feeling this, I understand. I go through these periods too.

Critical thinking – philosophy has helped me to calm my racing mind and fears. For example, Stoicism and Buddhism has been beneficial for me when managing any suffering I face because these practices help me to accept that suffering is a part of the process of living as a human. By accepting it, I’m more able to direct my mind to work on things that I have control over and to appreciate the good things in my life. Also, reading about the tremendous suffering that a number of philosophers had gone through, some of which were for speaking their thoughts and hypotheses, has motivated me to endure my own suffering.

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No event, good or bad, defines you. You’re a continuous flow, constantly learning and evolving.


No event, good or bad, defines you. You're a continuous flow, constantly learning and evolving.

No event, good or bad, defines you. You’re a continuous flow, constantly learning and evolving.

 

No event, good or bad, defines you. You’re a continuous flow, constantly learning and evolving.

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To counter your anxiety or depression, take one small action at a time, and reward yourself for taking these actions.


To counter your anxiety or depression, take one small action at a time, and reward yourself for taking these actions.

To counter your anxiety or depression, take one small action at a time, and reward yourself for taking these actions.

To counter your anxiety or depression, take one small action at a time, and reward yourself for taking these actions.

When you’re anxious or depressed, you may freeze-up and find it difficult to do your work or even your basic tasks. Instead, you think about your worries or painful memories. When you’re unable to do anything to help yourself progress, your worries or sadness increases because now you have added stress for all the things you haven’t been able to keep up with. As a result, your anxiety or depression compounds, pulling you deeper and deeper into darkness.

People expecting your work, may take it out on you, not knowing the struggles you’re dealing with: death of a loved one, major illness, financial troubles, separation from your lover, failure of a project, etc. When such people put you down or attack you, you fall faster and faster into what seems like infinite darkness.

By taking one small action at a time, you start putting the brakes on your free fall into darkness and begin to boost your energy to counter the negative forces so you can move upwards. By taking small actionable steps, you’ll distract yourself from that internal dialogue of self denigration. With each small action you accomplish, you’ll feel a burst of dopamine, a happy chemical in your brain that gives you pleasure for your accomplishments. Your self-worth returns. You begin to dispel your distorted thoughts. Now, you’re rising upwards, away from the black hole of anxiety and depression.

When I say, “Do a small action,” I mean break down a task into smaller bite-size actions, scheduling a half-hour for each action in your calendar. Over the course of your day, these bite-size actions add up, and by the end of the day, you’ll see a bunch of stuff you accomplished on your calendar. Use your calendar as a tool to ignite your booster engines that will push your momentum upwards. Personally, I enjoy using my Google calendar, which syncs with my laptop and smartphone. It’s an excellent tool for my productivity practices and reigniting my progress when anxiety and sadness freezes me.

My friends, if you’re going through anxiety or depression, I feel you. I hope this article or some of my other ones can be of help. Sending positive energy to you.

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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Don’t jump to negative conclusions.


Don't jump to negative conclusions.

Don’t jump to negative conclusions.

Cognitive Distortions – Part 5

Don’t jump to negative conclusions.

Sometimes you mind read people when you’re not a mind reader. For example, you may jump to a conclusion that a person doesn’t like you when in fact that person finds you interesting.

Neither are you a fortune teller. For instance, you may jump to a conclusion that no one will like reading your book before you even attempt at writing it. How can you predict that? You may have a masterpiece that people love.

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The highest calling for a human is to live a virtuous life.


The highest calling for a human is to live a virtuous life.

The highest calling for a human is to live a virtuous life.

The highest calling for a human is to live a virtuous life. One can reach this way of life through mindset practices, psychology, philosophy, and/or religion. There is no single right way to reach a virtuous life. All that matters is that one is able to reach it.

To be virtuous or morally excellent, one is compassionate, empathic, patient, and loving, among many other great qualities. Virtuous people handle adversity in a calm and collected way because of their heightened awareness of their every thought and every action. We can attain this by holding ourselves accountable, not because of fear of any repercussion, but because it is the right way to live. By working on ourselves daily, we can maintain our mind with right thoughts that leads our body to do right actions since we are constantly aware that everything we do will affect ourselves, others, and our environment.

On the other hand, for many of us, it can be overbearing to exert a lot of effort every single day on numerous mindset practices, deep analysis of the cognition and behavior of ourselves and others, or critical thought. It is so much easier for some of us to be told what is right and wrong through our fear of the wrath of a god or gods, the fear that good and bad things will happen to us depending on how we behave, or the fear on whether or not Santa will bring us gifts based on our past behavior. You see, religion can play a huge role on directing the masses to live virtuous lives just as well as practitioners of positive mindset, psychology, and philosophy. Social science and physical science are increasingly answering more and more questions and replacing religions; however, religion can still work together with science to help more people live virtuous lives. After all, the end goal is the same – for all of us to be happier, kinder, and better humans.

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Happiness comes to those who want it.


Happiness comes to those who want it.

Happiness comes to those who want it.

Happiness comes to those who want it.

– +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 2/26/2020 –

How badly do you want to be happy? If you want it badly, you’ll work at it every single day until your last day alive in this realm. You are your own hero. You can save yourself from yourself to get out of the depths of darkness, which we fall into from time to time. Scroll through our social media posts and our blog at www.positivemasters.com to see practices, quotes, poems, and writings that may be helpful for you to be happy a great majority of your life. You got this!

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Play the ultimate game, in which you can go anywhere.


Play the ultimate game, in which you can go anywhere.

Play the ultimate game, in which you can go anywhere.

They say, “Go to college, get a job.”
“Be clean cut, don’t be a slob.”
So many people showing off what they’ve got.
Some of it’s real, some of it’s not.

Why not be who you are?
Work from your heart and follow your own chart.
Long hair or short hair, who cares.
Play the ultimate game, in which you can go anywhere.

– poem, +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 2/27/2020 –

Are you feeling pressured to do what you think society expects you to do? What do you want to do? You’ve got one life. Before you know it, you’ll be dead.

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6th Annual Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020


My mentor and friend, Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say (front row & 2nd from right) invited me to attend the 6th Annual Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020.

My mentor and friend, Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say (front row & 2nd from right) invited me to attend the 6th Annual Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020.

Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say speaking at the 6th Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020.

Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say speaking at the 6th Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020.

My mentor and friend, Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say (front row & 2nd from right) invited me to attend the 6th Annual Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020. It was great to see the government and entrepreneurs working together to create value for our community and world. I also enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones! 😊❤

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You don’t have control over external things that happen to you, adversity or fortune. The only thing you have control over is how you react to it.


You don't have control over external things that happen to you, adversity or fortune. The only thing you have control over is how you react to it.

You don’t have control over external things that happen to you, adversity or fortune. The only thing you have control over is how you react to it.

You don’t have control over external things that happen to you, adversity or fortune. The only thing you have control over is how you react to it.

Observe how people around you react to good things. This is an easy observation, they’re generally pretty happy, or at least pleased.

The true test on their abilities is when things go badly. Do they panic? Do they yell? Do they take out their frustration on others? On the other hand, are they calm and collective? Do they move forward in a constructive way? Do they make others around them feel like everything will be okay?

Which type of experience do you enjoy more? Now take a look at how you react to good things and bad things. How do you behave? How are you making those around you feel? Choose your practice, for it will determine your legacy.

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In order to see all the wonderful things around us and dispel our cognitive distortions, we must fully live in the present.


In order to see all the wonderful things around us and dispel our cognitive distortions, we must fully live in the present.

In order to see all the wonderful things around us and dispel our cognitive distortions, we must fully live in the present.

In order to see all the wonderful things around us and dispel our cognitive distortions, we must fully live in the present. 😊

– +positive masters+, 2/23/2020, Jon Riki Karamatsu –

You have to be fully present if you want to go into your mind and dispel your distortive thoughts that make you anxious, sad, and angry. You have to be fully present if you want to consistently see all the great things in your life.

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If you want to be happy, you have to work on your mindset daily so it becomes natural.


If you want to be happy, you have to work on your mindset daily so it becomes natural.

If you want to be happy, you have to work on your mindset daily so it becomes natural.

If you want to be happy, you have to work on your mindset daily so it becomes natural. Through your positive lifestyle practices, boosts of joy become automatic, like breathing air.

Below are some of my favorite practices to keep my mindset positive:

1. Be grateful for all the good things.
2. Be fully present to enjoy the good things.
3. Have empathy for others.
4. Get enough sleep.
5. Exercise.
6. Write from your heart.
7. Spend time with your positive loved ones.
8. Gain new skills and knowledge.
9. Read, listen, watch, and/or interact with positive content.
10. Listen to uplifting music.

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Happiness is contagious. So is Anger.


Happiness is contagious. So is Anger. You can make everyone around you happier or more miserable. Choose your legacy.

Happiness is contagious. So is Anger. You can make everyone around you happier or more miserable. Choose your legacy.

Happiness is contagious. So is Anger. You can make everyone around you happier or more miserable. Choose your legacy.

– +positive masters+, 2/10/2020 –

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Remember when we were young, dreaming of all the things we would do.


Remember when we were young, dreaming of all the things we would do.

Remember when we were young, dreaming of all the things we would do.

Remember when we were young, dreaming of all the things we would do.

We talked outside of my parents’ house really late until the hidden sun’s faint glow turned the skies dark blue.

Now, years later, we can look back and smile for doing all the things we wanted to do.

Ahead of us, bigger dreams, bigger goals. Let’s keep pushing forward, through our ebbs and flow. For as long as we exist, we’ll continue to grow.

– poem, +positive masters, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 2/14/2020 –

While talking with my good friend Brandon Mitsuda, I took a picture of this night rainbow, created by the misty white glow from the big moon in Waikele, Hawaii on Monday February 10, 2020.

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Every day, when I wake up from my sleep, I tell myself, “I’m so happy to have another day in this world!”


Every day, when I wake up from my sleep, I tell myself, "I'm so happy to have another day in this world!"

Every day, when I wake up from my sleep, I tell myself, “I’m so happy to have another day in this world!”

Every day, when I wake up from my sleep, I tell myself, “I’m so happy to have another day in this world!”

Gratitude is my favorite practice. If you can master it, you’ll see yourself being much happier.

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Time doesn’t stop. Our friend, death is cheering us on to live a happy and fulfilling life!


Time doesn't stop. Our friend, death is cheering us on to live a happy and fulfilling life!

Time doesn’t stop. Our friend, death is cheering us on to live a happy and fulfilling life!

I do my best to make the most of every step in my life: childhood, teens, young adult, and adulthood. I cherish every moment, every stage of my life.

I try my best in everything I do: sports, community organizations, education, art, politics, law, business, and most importantly, time with my loved ones. I’m excited to learn more and provide value for others.

I make time to be with my loved ones.

Time doesn’t stop. Our friend, death is cheering us on to live a happy and fulfilling life!

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Ghostly apparition, don’t worry, we’re not afraid of you.


Ghostly apparition, don't worry, we're not afraid of you.

Ghostly apparition, don’t worry, we’re not afraid of you.

Ghostly apparition, don’t worry, we’re not afraid of you.
There are things you wish you did, things you wish you said.
We appreciate the love you gave and the many things you did.
You are remembered in this world of the undead.

– poem, +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 2/11/2020 –

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Don’t disqualify your positive experiences. Instead, love yourself for your effort and abilities.


Don't disqualify your positive experiences. Instead, love yourself for your effort and abilities.

Don’t disqualify your positive experiences. Instead, love yourself for your effort and abilities.

Cognitive Distortions – Part 4

Don’t disqualify your positive experiences. For example, when someone praises you, you disqualify it by telling yourself, “They’re just being nice.” Or when you perform well, you tell yourself, “I was just lucky” or “That was a fluke.” No, don’t do this. Instead, love yourself for your effort and abilities. You got yourself to where you are because of you, the good qualities that you have.

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Don’t filter out all the positive things in your life when something bad happens to you.


Don't filter out all the positive things in your life when something bad happens to you.

Don’t filter out all the positive things in your life when something bad happens to you.

Cognitive Distortions – Part 3

Don’t filter out all the positive things in your life when something bad happens to you. By doing this, you focus only on the negativity. No, always allow all the good stuff in your life into your conscious mind. Stay positive!
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I changed my mind regarding watching television shows and playing video games.


I changed my mind regarding watching television shows and playing video games.

I changed my mind regarding watching television shows and playing video games.

I changed my mind regarding watching television shows and playing video games. If they bring joy into your life and help you to alleviate your stress and anxiety, go ahead and consume them in moderation to get that boost of energy that you need to keep working on your dream life.

I hardly ever play video games and rarely watch television programs. I don’t have any video games on my computer, nor do I have a game console at home. About five years ago, I deleted any video game from my smart phone.

This all changed this past Saturday January 25, 2020 when my 9-year-old second cousin E showed me how much he loves the video game “The Battle Cats” by Ponos Corporation (Known as “Battle Nekos,” as named by the founders in Japan), available for smart phones and tablets. He showed me how to play it. The characters are so darn cute, and the battles are fun, like a journey. There’s also funny descriptions for the scenes and characters and motivational comments that are applicable to your life. Playing it was like a tasty medicine that makes you high with pleasure. During the time I played the game, it took my mind off of the darkness that has been clouding my mind and soul: the deaths of those I love, dealing with difficult people and issues, facing prison time for my driving under the influence, opposition against my business projects and career, financial challenges, and other things bothering me. In moderate doses, “The Battle Cats” has recharged my energy to get myself back in the game of business and personal growth. I’m going all-out again after my latest bout with darkness when this past Christmas ended and my sister Mia and her family left Hawaii to return back to California.

The Battle Cats, a video game by Ponos Corporation for your smart phone and tablet.

The Battle Cats, a video game by Ponos Corporation for your smart phone and tablet.

As far as watching television, I avoid the news because of its negativity, but I recently began watching more fictional stories and documentaries that has sparked ideas for my fictional and nonfictional writing and motivated me to keep moving forward on my business projects, personal development, and my dreams for a life of creativity and more time with my loved ones.

So there it is, I changed my life policy on avoiding television shows and video games. In moderation, it can actually be a tool to recharge yourself so you can continue to play your real-life game in your career and personal growth.

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Why be in the thick of craziness, stressed by busyness and a wide range of people and their demands when you can find a way to create greater success within yourself and among a few nurturing people.


Why be in the thick of craziness, stressed by busyness and a wide range of people and their demands when you can find a way to create greater success within yourself and among a few nurturing people.

Why be in the thick of craziness, stressed by busyness and a wide range of people and their demands when you can find a way to create greater success within yourself and among a few nurturing people.

Why be in the thick of craziness, stressed by busyness and a wide range of people and their demands when you can find a way to create greater success within yourself and among a few nurturing people.

Your quality of life is the most important. You can choose your path of purpose and define your success. You can reinvent yourself and stack new skills, knowledge, and relationships on top of your existing ones. You can create value for others by yourself or with a few positive people. Your work is a game because it’s fun, and the people you work with are your friends because you genuinely care for one another.

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If you can fully embrace the unpredictability of your death, you will truly live in the present and appreciate every moment before you now.


None of us can predict when and how we will die. If you can fully embrace the unpredictability of your death, you will truly live in the present and appreciate every moment before you now.

None of us can predict when and how we will die. If you can fully embrace the unpredictability of your death, you will truly live in the present and appreciate every moment before you now.

None of us can predict when and how we will die. If you can fully embrace the unpredictability of your death, you will truly live in the present and appreciate every moment before you now.
– +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 1/20/2020 –

On Thursday, January 17, 2020, my mom called my cell phone. Her voice was filled with elation and joy, “Mia got the job at Stanford University!” My younger sister Mia is a trauma care doctor, a partner of a group of medical doctors at California Pacific Medical Center at San Francisco, California.

“Oh man, I’m so happy! I’m so happy for her! This is awesome!” My voiced cracked with joyful laughter.

My mom continued, “Earlier, I heard dad cheer, ‘Wohoo!’ probably when Mia told him the good news!” My dad was talking with Mia on the phone before my mom. For those of you who know my dad, this type of celebratory action by him is extremely unusual. He’s normally stoic and logical, fitting for a former electrical engineer who helped build and fix nuclear submarines and warships at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Mia fulfilled a dream of my mom’s mom, my grandma Ellen Sakai. When my two sisters and I were little, she told us that we should become doctors. She emphasized how important doctors were. Grandma also told many of her other grandchildren this.

One Summer, while I attended Summer classes at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, majoring in political science, I was living with her and grandpa Tadao Sakai at their small home on Citron Street, in the heart of McCully, Honolulu, Hawaii. Grandma and I had another one of those talks about whether or not I would become a medical doctor.

“Grandma, I plan to go to law school.”

“Ah, lawyers are dime-a-dozen,” she answered.

“I’m not going to be a regular lawyer, I’m going to be President of the United States.”

I smiled as my grandma laughed away. “No one knows you,” she said while continuing to laugh, “You have to be like Jon Yoshimura (a Honolulu politician who became the Chairman of the Honolulu City Council and had a segment on the local news station called “Ask a Lawyer” where viewers got their legal questions answered.). Why don’t you become a doctor?”

Years later, when Mia participated in the white coat ceremony at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Grandma Sakai’s face was filled with pride and joy. So was the expression on my grandma Bessie Karamatsu’s face, my dad’s mom. There was immense pride among all of us, my dad, mom, baby sister Lara, and I. To serve others as a medical professional is a great calling. Every single one of us needs a doctor. We all get sick. We all will die. It’s our doctor who will help us when we face every illness and disease, and ultimately, our death. It’s not just the skills and knowledge that our doctor continuously develops, but the empathic and caring words that he/she says to us that will help comfort our suffering.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Just as my sister Mia was embarking on an exciting new path of medical care practice, public speaking, and research and development to create new healthcare services and products at Stanford University, I picked up the book “When Breath Becomes Air,” an incredible memoir by Paul Kalanithi, who at the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Paul’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life?”

As I read “When Breath Becomes Air,” I felt a deep sadness on how Paul Kalanithi’s potential was cut short from cancer, which mixed with the happiness I felt for my sister Mia who will be heading to Stanford University, starting this Summer to expand her medical career as a practitioner and researcher. The connection, Stanford University, made Paul’s story and my sister’s story very real, on top of them being the same age. You see, Paul did amazing work for Stanford University before he died. In addition to his work in the operating room as a neurosurgeon, he was a neuroscientist in a lab at Stanford University, where he worked on neural prosthetic technology that would allow paralyzed people to mentally control a computer cursor or robot arm. I kept thinking on how Mia and many other doctors will continue on their trajectory, something Paul would have loved to do.

I read this book in two sittings. His journey opened my eyes. I was in awe of the work neurosurgeons and neuroscientists do. It wrenched my heart as he struggled with his emotions and logic when faced with extremely difficult situations that brain trauma patients and loved ones of the patients face such as deciding whether to keep a patient alive knowing that the patient could risk losing knowledge of one’s self and everyone and everything around him/her. Without this function, a person loses his/her purpose. The innocence and excitement felt by Paul and his fellow medical classmates were replaced by fatigue, stress, and death after they ventured into their different residency programs at hospitals and medical centers across the country.

Paul’s writing brought me into his world as if I was with him through his every struggle. I loved it when things seemed to be getting better for him and his wife. I chuckled at his humor. When he cried, I cried. I had to pause from my reading numerous times as tears streamed down my cheeks. In fact, I cried as I wrote this article in a Starbucks coffee shop in Waikele, Hawaii packed with people. That’s how impactful Paul’s book has been on me. He wrote it as he was dying, racing against precious seconds. I felt every word of his as if he was talking to me.

In the past, I’ve written numerous times about death and how embracing it can motivate us to be appreciative of everything we have and make the most of our life. However, unless I face my own dying moments, I won’t fully understand what it’s like to be dying, whether it’s quick and instant or slow and gradual. Likewise, none of you will know until it’s your time. Well, Paul, through his writing shows us exactly what he was feeling as he moved towards his death. His experience became my experience. I could see myself in his life and by doing so, I felt myself experiencing death surrounding me. I will forever keep Paul’s book close to me, opening it every time I stress about challenges for my businesses or clients, financial hardship, public ridicule for my failures, and facing prison time for my driving under the influence case, all of which look so small in comparison to dying.

I’ve lost a lot of loved ones over my lifetime. Last year was especially hard with the passing of my aunty JoAnn Matsumoto (My mom’s cousin and a former elementary school teacher), family friend Eric Kanemoto (My soccer coach, Cub Scout Master, Intermediate School teacher for metal shop, and my dad’s close friend. He and my dad coached my soccer teams, led the cub scouting program I was in, volunteered in the parent and teacher association for my Pearl City High School, and worked together on many other projects. They enjoyed talking with each other and the simple pleasures of life), and uncle Glenn Karamatsu (My dad’s younger brother and co-founder of a civil engineering firm in Hawaii). Reading “When Breath Becomes Air” has helped me cope with the deaths of my loved ones.

I love life. I’m extremely grateful to have an opportunity to try many things while I’m alive. I’m super appreciative of my dad, mom, sisters, nieces, nephew, relatives, and friends. And I’m thankful to be able to speak to you. As I move closer towards my death, I hope I’ll be strong, vulnerable, joyful, sad, and loving. After all, I went through it with Paul and felt his breath become air.

Love your life and make the most of it.

Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, wearing his white coat.

Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, wearing his white coat.

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I dedicate this article to Paul Kalanithi’s wife Lucy, daughter Cady, mom, dad, siblings, family, and friends.

Paul and Lucy Kalanithi at their wedding.

Paul and Lucy Kalanithi at their wedding.

Dr. Paul Kalinithi, Lucy Kalanithi, and their daughter Elizabeth Acadia.

Dr. Paul and Lucy Kalanithi with their daughter Elizabeth Acadia.

Dr. Paul Kalanithi, Lucy Kalanithi, and their daughter Elizabeth Acadia.

Dr. Paul Kalanithi, Lucy Kalanithi, and their daughter Elizabeth Acadia.

 

I also dedicate this article to my dad, mom, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephew, extended family, and friends.

To read Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air,” click here: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

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Knowledge is only potential power.


"Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end."

“Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.”

“Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.”

– “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill –

If you want to better your mindset, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill is a great book to read!

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When something bad happens to you, don’t conclude that it will happen to you over and over again.


When something bad happens to you, don't conclude that it will happen to you over and over again. This is what mental health professionals call "overgeneralization."⁠

When something bad happens to you, don’t conclude that it will happen to you over and over again. This is what mental health professionals call “overgeneralization.”⁠

Cognitive Distortions – Part 2⁠

When something bad happens to you, don’t conclude that it will happen to you over and over again. This is what mental health professionals call “overgeneralization.”⁠

For example, you break up with someone and you believe that no one will ever love you. Or you find a dent on the door of your car, and you tell yourself, “I’m always getting dinks on my car” when you’ve only had two dents on your car in twelve years of driving almost every day.⁠

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Don’t have an all or nothing thinking. Stay positive!


Don't have an all or nothing thinking. Stay positive!

Don’t have an all or nothing thinking. Stay positive!

Cognitive Distortions – Part 1

Don’t have an all or nothing thinking. Stay positive!

The following are a couple of examples of an all or nothing mindset: “I didn’t get accepted into the university that I wanted so I’m a failure” or “I lost my election because people don’t like me.”

All or nothing is the basis for perfectionism. Such thinking makes you feel worthless because of a failure or imperfection. Absolutes don’t exist. If you force your experiences into absolute categories, you’ll always be depressed because whatever you do will never measure up to your exaggerated expectations.

Pictured is our Positive Sign Logo Unisex T-Shirt. We designed the positive sign on the shirt to remind you to keep training your mind to be positive. We want you to withstand your tough times and be happy a great majority of your life!

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Take vacations to recharge yourself!


Take vacations to recharge yourself! Studies have shown the importance of taking vacations from work to reduce your stress.

Take vacations to recharge yourself! Studies have shown the importance of taking vacations from work to reduce your stress.

Take vacations to recharge yourself!

Studies have shown the importance of taking vacations from work to reduce your stress.  Even a staycation or simply staying at home to rest and do the things you enjoy like reading and writing can be extremely beneficial for your health.

I recently took time off during the Holiday Season to spend time with my family and friends. I do my best to be present so I can make the most of every moment with my loved ones. It was especially nice to be with my loved ones who came to Hawaii from California.

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The people you make an impact on will always have a part of you in them.


The people you make an impact on will always have a part of you in them. When we disappear from this world, we'll rise again through those who survive us.

The people you make an impact on will always have a part of you in them.

The people you make an impact on will always have a part of you in them. When we disappear from this world, we’ll rise again through those who survive us.

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If I don’t find you in my lifetime, I will find you in my dreams.


If I don't find you in my lifetime, I will find you in my dreams.

If I don’t find you in my lifetime, I will find you in my dreams.

If I don’t find you in my lifetime, I will find you in my dreams. ❤️⁠

Romantic love is one of those things that happens naturally. If you experience it, consider yourself very fortunate. There are those who never experience it in their lifetime. Some try to force it. ⁠

For me, romantic love is so powerful that the world can be crashing all around me but the feelings for the one I love somehow makes me believe that everything will be alright. Even if I never fall in love again, I’m extremely grateful for being able to experience it.⁠

In my two unpublished novels, I created a love story as part of the bigger story filled with suspense, action, and history. I enjoy the romantic feelings so much that I enjoy writing about it so I can live it again through my characters. 📚⁠

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Make it a point to spend time with your loved ones.


Make it a point to spend time with your loved ones. Don’t let your career or personal interests dominate your life. Set a certain day of the week or month to meet with them. If you don’t hear from your loved ones, make the effort to contact them. The moment before you now is precious. This time next year will not be the same. Even when you are extremely busy, you can still dedicate some time to talk to your loved ones on the phone or on the Internet. Your future self will be grateful for all the memories you create with them.

For instance, every Sunday afternoon, I get-together with my mom, dad, younger sister, bother-in-law, and baby nephew at my parents’ house where we usually do an online video call with my younger sister, brother-in-law, and three young nieces, all living in the Bay Area, California. Afterwards, we either eat dinner at my parent’s place or go to a restaurant to dine. Also, every year my entire immediate family enjoys meeting up in California, Hawaii, or another location. Often times, we meet up several times a year to enjoy one another’s company. This is the most important part of my life, being with my family.

Moreover, I dedicate time to be with my close friends. We talk story, dine, or go out somewhere relaxing. Likewise, have some fun with your friends. Participate in activities together. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea as you laugh and converse. Maybe travel somewhere fun together. These wonderful times with your friends will also be a part of you that you will always be grateful for.

Happy holidays and have an awesome 2020! Go and make some great memories with your family and friends!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon

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Hold me a little longer.⁠ ⁠I want to remember what this feels like.⁠


Hold me a little longer.⁠ ⁠I want to remember what this feels like.⁠

Hold me a little longer.⁠ ⁠I want to remember what this feels like.⁠

Hold me a little longer.⁠

I want to remember what this feels like.⁠

With every second that goes by, ⁠

it only gets harder.⁠

Our souls, ⁠

they’re moving apart even farther.⁠

– +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, poem, 12/18/2019 -⁠

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They’ve got the guns. They’re ready to scream.


They've got the guns. They're ready to scream. A poem on nonviolence.

A poem about nonviolence.

They’ve got the guns.

They’re ready to scream.

I go deeper into my mind.

It sets me free.

I’m ready.

Strike me.

– +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 12/18/2019 –

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In a dispute, not everyone will believe the facts. Keep doing what you can, but don’t let your stress destroy your health or suck the joy out of your life.


In a dispute, not everyone will believe the facts. Keep doing what you can, but don't let your stress destroy your health or suck the joy out of your life.

In a dispute, not everyone will believe the facts. Keep doing what you can, but don’t let your stress destroy your health or suck the joy out of your life.

If you’re facing a dispute or litigation, all you can do is present your side of what happened. After that, it’s up to the trier of fact, whether it be a mediator, arbitrator, judge, or jury. If they side with you, great! However, if they don’t, tell yourself that you did what you could. Continue to do what you can, but don’t let your stress destroy your health or suck the joy out of your life.

My friends, I know it’s tough. The truth will always live in you. Your life means a lot to those who love you.

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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Cherish your friends who help you to be the best you can be!


Cherish your friends who help you to be the best you can be!

Cherish your friends who help you to be the best you can be!

Here, I’m with my friend Brandon Mitsuda @brandon_mitsuda who is wearing the Master 7 Snapback Cap on his birthday at Chart House @charthousehi in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii!!! 😃

Brandon has been there for me in my ups and downs, personal life, political and legal career, and business ventures!! His positive energy is amazing, fitting for the world of the +positive masters+ 🤗🧢🙌❤💥 Visit +positive masters+ at www.positivemasters.com to purchase this cap and other merchandise! 🤙

Cherish your positive friends who help you to be the best you can be! 👊💗

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Make time to be with the people you love.


Make time to be with the people you love. Every moment is precious.

Make time to be with the people you love. Every moment is precious.

Make time to be with the people you love. Every moment is precious.

I dedicate my Sundays to be with my mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and baby nephew. We video call my other sister, brother-in-law, and little nieces living in another State. Then, we have dinner at my parents’ house or go out to eat at a restaurant. Also, when my parents babysit my nephew, if I have a meeting in the area, I stop by to spend time with them.

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When it’s real, you just feel.


I repurposed the following poem I wrote for +positive masters+.

When it's real, you just feel. A romantic poem.

“When it’s real, you just feel.” A romantic poem. Enjoy!

When it’s real, you just feel.

It’s neither here nor there.

It’s everywhere.

Close your eyes and you’ll see.

I’ll focus on you. You focus on me.

Feel the energy as the two of us becomes “we.”

– +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 4/6/2019 –

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