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Facing Your Fear of Risk


Facing your fear of risk.

9th Rest Day for 2022

I took my 9th rest day for 2022 yesterday, Friday, April 8, 2022. I also rested most of Thursday, April 7, 2022 except for pro bono legal work I did for my client in my work as a business attorney. For my day to count as a rest day, I have to avoid all work and be present with my relaxing activities by myself or with loved ones. This past week and the week before, I spent 6 days with my entire immediate family since my sister Mia and her family were staying at my parents’ house in Pearl City, Hawaii for 6 days. They vacationed on their own for 4 days on the Big Island, Hawaii. Despite dedicating my time with my family, I still snuck in work and meetings mainly for my waste to energy and proposal writing ventures with my business partners; thus, those days were not truly vacation days for me.

When I rest, I often read books, listen to audio, and watch videos that help to improve myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. On Thursday, April 7, 2022, I watched and took notes in Google Keep on Marie Forleo’s YouTube interview of Tim Ferriss for 3 hours. The link to the video is here: https://youtu.be/h3X9OFzF6ds. I watched it before in 2017, but there are gems that I did not fully incorporate into my life practices, so it was great to re-listen to it. The following are practices that I will do to manage my anxiety with uncertainty:

Facing Your Fear of Risk 

What if I …

Define – Write worse case column with at least 10 items.

Prevent – What can you do to prevent the worse case column, even if it’s 1%? Free subsidies, educational scholarships, work in a gig economy service, etc. Write them down.

Repair – What can you do to repair the damage in your worse case column, even by 1%? Write them down.

What might this look like if it were easy? When I face a challenging project or issue, I will ask myself, “What might this look like if it were easy?” Just by thinking in this way, makes me look at my audacious and time-consuming projects as doable, even easy. This action changes my perspective to a positive one.

I will add another practice that I came up with when facing challenging projects by asking myself, “What might this look like if it were fun?” because when you have fun working, you get into a flow. There is an element that makes it fun whether it is getting new ideas, solving problems, or feeling accomplished. This type of practice also changes my perspective to a positive one.

The books I read during my rest day are: American Seoul by Helena Rho, Quiet by Susan Cain, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey, Atomic Habits by James Clear, and The ABCs of Success by Bob Proctor.

Funny, on a day when I’m trying to relax, I am studying on how to be more productive and better with my mental health. Actively working on my well-being brings me comfort.

Also, reading books and articles by great writers helps me to improve my own writing for my business plans, proposal writing, contract drafting, legislative writing, business letters, copywriting, blogs, social media posts, screenplays, novels, nonfiction mindset book, and other writing projects. Writing is something that grew on me over the years since I was a child. I was never excited about the technicalities of writing when it comes to grammar, but over time, I embraced it. I still make mistakes. It is a craft I am constantly trying to get better at.

Experience the Positive Masters universe at https://positivemasters.com for mindset practices, tips for your passion projects, storytelling, motivational podcast and YouTube channel, and apparel and accessories with inspirational designs and mantras to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be facing.

With Warmest Aloha, Jon

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We control our lives, not our distortions, nor our evil.


We control our lives, not our distortions, nor our evil.
We control our lives, not our distortions, nor our evil.

Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology mentions how we must confront our shadow, the darkness within the unconscious of all of us. If we can integrate it into our conscious and manage it, we can become better human beings.

By darkness, I include not only the evil in us but also our cognitive distortions that erode our peace. By practicing cognitive behavioral therapy daily, we are able to identify our cognitive distortions, face them, and manage them.

We control our lives, not our distortions, nor our evil. The almighty shadow can be put in its place when we light it up with our glowing desire for peace.

Enjoy the Positive Masters universe at https://positivemasters.com for mindset practices, tips for your passion projects, motivational writing and podcast, and apparel and accessories with inspirational designs and mantras to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be facing.

I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii.

My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health.

This picture is from Patsy T. Mink Regional Park, Oahu, Hawaii on 11/19/2021.

Wishing you the best!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

Some books by Carl Jung:

The Red Book https://amzn.to/3FOlQyZ

Man and His Symbols https://amzn.to/3HRiqNJ

Memories, Dreams, Reflections https://amzn.to/3l4ixLS

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Non-attachment & cognitive behavioral therapy practices for your life.


Non-attachment & cognitive behavioral therapy practices for your life.

What you believe is happening in your life is only your perception. It may be interpreted in a totally different way by someone else.

Non-attachment, a Buddhist practice makes you leave your perception in order to see an event as it is or a person as he or she is without judgment. You feel the good or bad feelings caused by the event or person; however, you don’t become attached to them, so you don’t react irrationally through your emotions.

Instead you see the event or person at a higher level of consciousness. By practicing this, you can see through the clouds of your emotions to see all angles of your situation to act in the best way possible.

Combine this practice with cognitive behavioral therapy to see past your cognitive distortions as shown by the book Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns. ❤

I do my best to implement these practices in my life. It’s challenging but totally beneficial. Have a great day my friends! 😃

In this picture, I completed my 97th exercise for 2021 by running 3.51 miles in my neighborhood on 9/1/2021. Then I did my 49the strength training at home with 200 crunches and 200 push-ups. 🏃‍♂️

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Focus on what you can control.


Focus on what you can control!

So much of our anxiety comes from what we can’t control.

For artists and entrepreneurs, we worry if others will choose our projects.

For attorneys, we worry if opposing counsel and their client will meet us at a reasonable middle ground or if the trier of fact will rule in our favor.

For athletes, we worry if the coach will pick us for the team.

And on and on . . .

However, we do have control on our effort to develop our knowledge, skills, experience, and relationships day in and day out.

There are also ways we can use technology to share our work and bypass the gatekeepers.

Like my soccer coach Ron Mata at Pearl City High School told us in the locker room. Play with tenacity like how a bulldog bites and never lets go.

Keep doing the best you can for your mind, body, and soul. ❤

Keep spreading kindness, empathy, and compassion.

When you do this you are already a winner regardless if the powers that be choose you because as one of my favorite entrepreneurs and writers James Altucher @altucher says, you already chose yourself.

And as I like to say when we work on our passion projects, “Let’s rock!”

In this picture, I completed my 89th exercise for 2021 with 200 crunches and 200 push-ups (44th strength training for 2021). I also ran 3.51 miles in my neighborhood (Ran 267.69 miles total for 2021).

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4: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Growth Mindset


4: Positive Masters - Mindset Clips - Growth Mindset
4: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Growth Mindset
4: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Growth Mindset

Let’s do all we can to maintain a growth mindset. Together, we can encourage each other to always believe that we have the ability to learn and grow. Every day, let’s improve ourselves by at least 1%.

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. Wishing you well!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

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3: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Gratitude for the COVID-19 Vaccine


3: Positive Masters - Mindset Clips - Gratitude for the COVID-19 Vaccine
3: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Gratitude for the COVID-19 Vaccine

I’m so grateful for everyone who helped to make the COVID-19 vaccine possible. Let’s put our appreciation into our work to provide value for others. Every day is precious. You are precious.

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. Wishing you well!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

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1: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Focus on Now!


1: Positive Masters - Mindset Clips - Focus on Now!
1: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Focus on Now!
1: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Focus on Now!

Focus on now, not your past or future. Put all your effort into now!

This is a video clip from “5: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me.”

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health.

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products at https://positivemasters.com to strengthen your mindset and build your passion projects to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be experiencing. Wishing you well!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

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The way you see things depends on how you perceive them.


The way you see things depends on how you perceive them.

MINDSET. The way you see things depends on how you perceive them. Be present and observe people. Those who can see the good in every situation are happier than those who focus on the bad stuff. Even when a situation seems terrible, people who believe there are ways to grow from a bad event aren’t locked to the past, but working towards better things in the future.

Enjoy the Positive Masters universe at www.positivemasters.com for mindset and business practices, motivational writing and podcast, and apparel and accessories with inspirational mantras to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger that you may be facing.

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Be fully present to enjoy everything.


Be fully present to enjoy everything.
Be fully present to enjoy everything.

Be fully present to enjoy everything. Don’t just do things to get something done, but absorb every little moment and every little thing, and be thankful for them. Enjoy the process. Appreciate your efforts in your journey. The more appreciation you have throughout your precious life, the happier you’ll be. ❤

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