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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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5: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Happy Place & Tech Toys to Boost Your Productivity


5: Positive Masters - Mindset Clips - Happy Place & Tech Toys to Boost Your Productivity
5: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Happy Place & Tech Toys to Boost Your Productivity
5: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Happy Place & Tech Toys to Boost Your Productivity

Make your work space your happy place! Also purchase tech toys that improve your productivity. 

I love my desk set-up with my 2013 MacBook Pro, 27-inch LG monitor, Keychron K1 V4 Keyboard, Logitech MX Master 3 Mouse, GameMax Mousepad, Rode NT-1 Microphone, Rode PSA-1 Arm, Elgato Key Light, Sony ZV-1 Camera, Elgato Mount System, and L8star Smart LED Strip Light. Make your work your play! 

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 – Study & Work with Me. Peaceful Piano Music. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.


3: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Peaceful Piano Music. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.
3: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Peaceful Piano Music. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.

In this video, let’s study and work together for two 45-minute Pomodoros (study or work sessions). Step by step, let’s get closer to our goals! 

I spent hours working while listening to catalogs of various piano music that I purchased the licenses for. I handpicked the ones that soothed me and kept me focused on my work and studies. I hope you like them as much as I do. 

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. I’m happy to have you as my study and work partner. 

Together, we can push through our ups and downs in our quest to improve ourselves and create value for others. We can’t control outside influences, but we can control our effort to learn, develop our skills, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters. 

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 

0:00 Intro 

0:31 First Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me 

45:33 15-Minute Break 

1:00:43 Second Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me 

1:45:46 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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2: Positive Masters – Study and Work with Me. Rain Noise. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.


2: Positive Masters - Study and Work with Me. Rain Noise. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
2: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Rain Noise. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
2: Positive Masters – Study and Work with Me. Rain Noise. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.

In this video, let’s study and work together for three 45-minute Pomodoros (study or work sessions), so we can take another step toward our goals!

Since I was working in the afternoon on Saturday May 8, 2021 after watching the University of Hawaii Men’s volleyball team win the NCAA National Championship against Bringham Young University, my energy level wasn’t at its peak. Plus, for afternoon work and studies, I usually dedicate light work that don’t take too much brain power such as technical and logistical work. Yet they are very important work. Therefore, for my three Pomodoros (study and work sessions), I worked on branding copyright and behind the scenes text, tags, and links for my Internet content.

I chose rain as the background noise for this video because it gives you that soothing sound that helps to calm your worries and keep you focused on your work.

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.

I’m happy to have you as my study and work partner. Together, we can push through our ups and downs in our quest to improve ourselves and create value for others. We can’t control outside influences, but we can control our effort to learn, develop our skills, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters.

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. Make the most of your life, and enjoy your loves ones and the simple pleasures in your life!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

0:00 Intro

0:23 First Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me

45:26 First 15-Minute Break

1:00:36 Second Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me

1:45:39 Second 15-Minute Break

2:00:49 Third Pomodoro – Study and Work With Me

2:45:53 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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1: Positive Masters – Study and Work with Me. Lofi and Chill Music. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.


1: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Lofi & Chill Music. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
Study and Work with Me. Lofi and Chill Music. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
Click this Youtube video to study and work with me. Lofi and Chill Music. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.

Aloha!

In this Youtube video, let’s study and work together for three 45-minute Pomodoros (study or work sessions), so we can get a step closer to our goals! 

In the first two Pomodoros (study and work sessions), I worked on the fourth draft of my sci-fi and fantasy screenplay. In the third Pomodoro (study and work session), I created audiograms from my fifth podcast episode “5: Positive Masters Show – Get Better Sleep.” 

I spent hours handpicking each song in this video from the catalogs of music I purchased the licenses for while I studied and worked on my passion projects. The vibe I got from the lofi and chill songs had to blend well with my concentration on my studies and work – soothing tunes and steady rhythm that play in the background while I crush my passion projects. 

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. 

I’m happy to have you as my study and work partner. Together, we can push through our ups and downs in our quest to improve ourselves and create value for others. We can’t control outside influences, but we can control our effort to learn, develop our skills, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters. 

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. 

Make the most of your life, and enjoy your loves ones and the simple pleasures in your life! 

With Warmest Aloha, 

Jon Riki Karamatsu 

0:00 Intro 0:23 First Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me 

45:26 First 15-Minute Break 

1:00:36 Second Pomodoro – Study and Work with Me 

1:45:39 Second 15-Minute Break 

2:00:49 Third Pomodoro – Study and Work With Me 

2:45:53 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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How many hours of sleep do you need to be productive?


How many hours of sleep do you need to be productive?
How many hours of sleep do you need to be productive?

This is an audio clip from episode 5 of the Positive Masters Show podcast – Get Better Sleep in which I go over 7 strategies to sleep better. How many hours of sleep do you need to be productive? For me, I need 7 hours of sleep to be able to crush my goals for the day.

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Sleep helps your mood, productivity, and health.


Sleep helps your mood, productivity, and health.

Sleep is so important because it helps our mood, productivity, and health. Click the Youtube link above to listen to the audio clip from episode 5 of the Positive Masters Show podcast – Get Better Sleep in which I go over 7 strategies to get sleep better.

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Years don’t mean as much as the days.


Years don’t mean as much as the days.

Years don’t mean as much as the days. What you do daily is what makes your years.

Consistency is key. Whether you’re working on your mind, body, or soul, put a little bit of effort daily. Over time, it adds up. 

Schedule your work and exercise in your calendar and in an app that you can share with your accountability partner. At the end of your day, count your wins and journal it. I journal mine in the notes section of my Google calendar that syncs with my MacBook Pro and Galaxy smartphone. I also write it in my Day One, a private journal on my MacBook Pro. Third, I write it in apps with my accountability buddies such as my friend’s Discord server and my other friend’s Google Sheets.

I make my productivity a game. I add up my wins every day. I give myself one win for every accomplishment. For difficult long-term projects that takes deep work and is challenging to sustain for 60 minutes, I give myself 1 win for every 30 minute-session of work and 2 wins for every 45-minute to 60-minute session of work. 

Give yourself a win when you spend quality time with your loved ones as well. I dedicate a day a week for my loved ones.

By the end of the year, I’ll have thousands of wins. Last year, I accumulated 4,337 wins. 

I also have a list of monthly goals that I tackle. I quantify my monthly goals with a percentage of goals I accomplished. My monthly goals keeps me on track with my annual goals.  

When I attain a certain amount of wins or a high percentage of monthly or annual goals, I reward myself with a treat like a great celebration meal for short-term goals and a fun product for my long-term goals. I’m constantly adjusting my game. You can set the rules for your productivity game, but make sure it’s challenging. Have fun!

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BRZRKR


BRZRKR comic book by Keanu Reeves (co-writer), Matt Kindt (co-writer), Ron Garney (artist), and Bill Crabtree (producer).

I bought 2 A copies and 1 variant copy of the first issue of BRZRKR, a comic book series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7eAMfnXh3U. Keanu came up with the story in 2017 and teamed up with writer Matt Kindt and artist Ron Garney. Netflix has already cut a deal with them to produce a live action film series and an animated series. I can’t wait to read issue 2 and watch both TV series. Keanu is developing his own cinematic world. He is an inspiration for me to work even harder and better on my storytelling and personal growth universe under Positive Masters, my multimedia and e-commerce brand. I consider Keanu as one of my virtual mentors. He has an unbelievable work ethic and is constantly reinventing himself. Importantly, he is kind. I would love to work with him in the future. I created a character in my third screenplay with him in mind to act it. It’s a Sci-Fi and Action and Adventure movie. All of my screenplays (3 spec screenplays: Lifestyle and Competition, Erotic Thriller, and Sci-Fi and Fantasy) and books (2 unpublished novels: Paranormal Romance and Historical Fiction) will be under my Positive Masters banner at https://positivemasters.com. I will do my best to finish the third draft of this screenplay this month of April 2021. Although my work on my screenplays have been taking up so much of my time since July 3, 2020, I will do my best to create more short-term content for Positive Masters. I’m so pumped up!!! Let’s keep going hard!!!

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Live With Urgency


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

To inspire us to work hard with urgency, I linked the Stanford Medicine video on Paul Kalinithi, a neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, and author who became famous by his book, When Breath Becomes Air. So many great people have left this world too soon. Yet, they’ve left a huge impact in the short time they lived. Paul was one of these people. If he was still alive, he would be achieving even more amazing things, and my younger sister Mia would be a colleague of his at Stanford Medicine. Maybe, I would have the opportunity to eventually meet him. Although he’s gone, he’s not. He motivates us to live fully. His beautiful words keep him alive in our lives. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5u753wQeyM

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi

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2020 Honolulu Marathon


2020 Honolulu Marathon (virtual due to Covid-19)

I’m wearing my 2020 Honolulu Marathon  finisher shirt and medal! The race was virtual in December 2020 due to Covid-19. I love the teal colors, my campaign colors when I was a politician. Running outdoors is my favorite exercise. It’s a great way to relieve stress, sadness, and anxiety. I’m going to wear this shirt today as I undergo my work sessions on my latest project that I’m excited to work on every day! Have a great day! ❤

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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.

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When you have a vision that means a lot to you, it will exist, even if it doesn’t exist yet.


When you have a vision that means a lot to you, it will exist, even if it doesn't exist yet.
When you have a vision that means a lot to you, it will exist, even if it doesn’t exist yet.

When you have a vision that means a lot to you, it will exist, even if it doesn’t exist yet. You’ll dedicate much of your life to working on it until you make it real. Only when your vision is tangible, will others realize that it’s real.

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Use all of your bad experiences to your advantage.


Use all of your bad experiences to your advantage.
Use all of your bad experiences to your advantage.

Use all of your bad experiences to your advantage. Don’t let them drain you. Take that negative energy and use it to power your effort to create a service or product or develop yourself physically and mentally. It’s like Aikido, a martial art I practiced when I was young. You take the momentum from an attacker and use it against him. A negative person and event can throw all this mean or hurtful stuff at you, but you take that energy and use it to power yourself to become better and stronger. This technique has driven me towards all of my goals since I was a little kid. It’s extremely powerful!

2020 was a great personal growth year for me. I’m looking forward to 2021! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!  ✨

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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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Life is finite and precious. Do all that you want to do.


Life is finite and precious. Do all that you want to do.
Life is finite and precious. Do all that you want to do.

Life is finite & precious. Do all that you want to do. Put them in your calendar & execute on them! I mention this a lot, but I feel strongly about pursuing & experiencing all that you want in your life with a sense of urgency. 

Yesterday morning, I called the ambulance for myself because while I was cutting vegetables, I was feeling light-headed, nauseous, & a numbness & tingly feeling in my hands, arms, & face. I thought I was going to pass out. The paramedics checked me & said that my vital signs were good. My mom took me to my doctor to get further tests. My vital signs were again good. I gave blood for more tests.

My sister Mia, a medical doctor & Assistant Professor for Stanford University told me that I may have put my mind & body under stress.

This experience has further motivated me to get as much of my work done on my passion projects before I die, but to also take breaks to relax & enjoy life. Go hard on your vision my friends, & take time off to have some good down-time! ❤

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Stay positive and keep moving forward!


Stay positive and keep moving forward!
Stay positive and keep moving forward!

You have no control over your opposition, critics, and haters, but you have control over yourself to stay positive and keep moving forward!

As a former politician and deputy prosecuting attorney, I’ve experienced my share of negative people. Instead of going down to their level, I’ve made a commitment to behave in a positive way so those witnessing the duality will choose happiness and inner peace over anger and suffering.

In this picture, I’m wearing Positive Masters’ Angry Explosion Logo Dark Unisex T-Shirt in royal blue, which is available at www.positivemasters.com. We have a 40% Off Holiday Sale until December 8, 2020. Angry Explosion is a cute character in the Positive Masters’ universe who reminds us that most things in our lives are not worth getting angry about.

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The strength you have built within you is amazing!


The strength you have built within you is amazing!
The strength you have built within you is amazing!

For all of you who gave it your all and have experienced sitting on the bench for sports, not getting accepted to the university of your choice, receiving rejections on your passion projects, and getting attacks by the haters, the strength you have built within you is amazing! 

You gave it your all and put yourself out there, which has made you more resilient and tenacious to keep moving forward! I know you got a lot of wins out of your journey, and you’ll get many more! Keep going hard!

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Now is the most important time.


Now is the most important time.
Now is the most important time.

Now is the most important time, not the past, not the future, but right now. We think we’ll be happier if something better should happen to us in the future. However, the grass is not always greener when we get there. So, let’s do our best to enjoy and make the most of what’s before us now. If we do this, we’ll have times of joy no matter what happens in our future.

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Have you ever wondered how the most positive people keep spreading love and kindness even through their most difficult times?


Have you ever wondered how the most positive people keep spreading love and kindness even through their most difficult times?
Have you ever wondered how the most positive people keep spreading love and kindness even through their most difficult times?

Have you ever wondered how the most positive people keep spreading love and kindness even through their most difficult times, whether they’re dealing with the deaths of their loved ones, injuries, diseases, failure in their personal life or career, financial hardship, heartbreak, and other challenges? These amazing people are the Positive Masters!

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“When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl


"When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . we are challenged to change ourselves." Viktor E. Frankl
“When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

“When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . 
we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Viktor E. Frankl 

Rather than focus on the things that you can’t control, focus on what you can control, especially your thoughts, perception, knowledge, skills, and ideas. Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl who survived the holocaust in Germany during World War II made this great statement in his book Man’s Search for Meaning.

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In a world that can be cruel at any moment, you can make it crueler or better.


In a world that can be cruel at any moment, you can make it crueler or better.
In a world that can be cruel at any moment, you can make it crueler or better.

You can choose to create life.
That’s easy.
But what’s your intent?
Not so easy.
Unlike suffering, which can be be intentional or unintentional,
kindness can only be felt when it’s intentional.
Compassion and patience take effort.
Whereas, anger and impatience are effortless.
In a world that can be cruel at any moment,
you can make it crueler or better.

– Positive Masters, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/14/2020 –

As I dive deeper into my studies of psychology, philosophy, sociology, mental health, neuroscience, history, and other fields about humans, I came up with this poem. Some humans can be so destructive, yet others can be so loving. On the bright side, throughout history, many people have done amazing things, even finding purpose and happiness under the cruelest and most heartbreaking situations. Be the light for those who are suffering in darkness.

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.

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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Everlasting Youth is in My Head


Everlasting Youth is in My Head
Everlasting Youth is in My Head

Everlasting youth is in my head.
A world of fantastical journeys
that exist between the living and the dead.
Each story’s message is the same.
To reach the arc ahead, 
I must understand my pain.

– Positive Masters, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/7/2020 –

Children are curious, eager to learn, open minded, and imaginative. I strongly believe it’s beneficial to have these qualities as adults. Combine them with your life experiences to get creative with your life, career, and business. As a teen or adult, you have the ability to go deep into your soul and analyze the benefits that can come out of your emotional pain. I had all of this in mind when I wrote the poem I posted.

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

With Warmest Aloha, Jon

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4: Positive Masters Show Podcast – How to Keep Growing Mentally, Physically, & Spiritually – Audiogram


This is a clip from Episode 4 of the Positive Masters Show – Matching Your Passions With Your Projects. I expanded it with more written details on how we can keep growing mentally, physically, & spiritually with the following actionable process:

1. Executing on your plans.

2. Creating various simulations of your future in your mind based on your past failure and success.

3. Iterating your plans and executing on them.

4. Repeating this process.

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4: Positive Masters Show – Hard Work, Grit, & Patience in a Quick Gratification World – Audiogram


Here’s a clip from Episode 4 of the Positive Masters Show Podcast – Matching Your Passions With Your Projects. In this audiogram, I share how hard work, grit, and patience conflicts with our quick gratification world.

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Here’s a clip of Episode 4 of the Positive Masters Show – To match your passions with your projects, write down what passion means to you


Define what passion means to you. Having passion in your project, if defined right, will motivate you to work hard on your project with grit & patience.

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2: Positive Masters Show – Having a passion project that involves fitness is key to keeping you healthy.


2: Positive Masters Show – Having a passion project that involves fitness is key to keeping you healthy

This is a clip from Episode 2 of the Positive Masters Show – How Working on Your Passion Projects Can Increase Your Joy and Purpose!

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1: Positive Masters Show – You Can Bring People Together Through Your Art – Audiogram


In this clip of Episode 1 of the Positive Masters Show podcast, I mention how you can bring people together through your art. Art forms such as novels, poetry, theatre, movies, music, designs, and drawings, can bring out the emotions of your audience and make them connect with your story that may have a deep message on issues like war, discrimination, racism, physical violence, verbal abuse, bullying, suicide, and mental health. If you can make someone care about your character when they normally wouldn’t but for your art, that’s huge! Now they have empathy and compassion for that character and all the people that fits into that category of your character. Through your art, you can spread love and peace!

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Working on Your Passion Projects Can Help to Better Your Mindset


In this clip of Episode 2 of the Positive Masters Show, I give examples on how your passion projects can help your mindset.

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This is a clip of Episode 1 of the Positive Masters Show – 3 Daily Gratitude Practices to Boost Your Happiness. I talk about the benefit of writing down what you’re grateful for.


This is a clip of Episode 1 of the Positive Masters Show – 3 Daily Gratitude Practices to Boost Your Happiness. I talk about the benefit of writing down what you’re grateful for. You can use a pen and a notebook or use an app like Google Keep on your smart phone or computer to perform this gratitude exercise.

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Every day, take notes on the thoughts that go through your mind. This mindful practice can help you push away your negative, distortive thoughts about your past and future.


Every day, take notes on the thoughts that go through your mind. This mindful practice can help you push away your negative, distortive thoughts about your past and future. With a clearer mind, you can fill it up with the things you are grateful for and strategies that you can can execute on to move forward in your personal life and career.

Every day, take notes on the thoughts that go through your mind. This mindful practice can help you push away your negative, distortive thoughts about your past and future. With a clearer mind, you can fill it up with the things you are grateful for and strategies that you can can execute on to move forward in your personal life and career.

Every day, take notes on the thoughts that go through your mind. This mindful practice can help you push away your negative, distortive thoughts about your past and future. With a clearer mind, you can fill it up with the things that you are grateful for and strategies that you can can execute on to move forward in your personal life and career.

If you have a smart phone with you, this is very doable. Use a note-taking app and write your thoughts down. Personally, I really like using Google Keep. If you don’t have a smart phone, carry a little notepad and pen with you so you can write your thoughts down.

At the end of the day, review your notes. Are your thoughts normal or distorted? Are you doing any of the following cognitive distortions: (1) Having an all or nothing thinking; (2) Concluding that something bad will happen to you over and over again; (3) Filtering out all the positive things in your life; (4) Disqualifying your positive experiences; (5) Jumping to negative conclusions; (6) Blowing up things way out of proportion or minimizing them; (7) Believing your distorted emotions are the truth; (8) Scolding yourself for falling short of your standards; (9) Creating a negative image of yourself; and/or (10) Assuming responsibility for something negative when there is no basis for doing so. Be honest with yourself. If you can identify your cognitive distortions, you will begin to see your issues as they really are. By practicing this, your problems, as difficult as they may be, become challenges that you can picture yourself managing, even overcoming. Read our earlier social media posts and our blog at www.positivemasters.com about the 10 cognitive distortions mentioned above.

Next, fill up your mind with things you are grateful for. Write this down in your smartphone or notepad. Also, write down strategies that you can implement that will help you to improve your personal life and career. Finally, take immediate action on your gratitude and personal development. Do this every day. This exercise really helps me. I hope it can be a benefit for you as well!

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1: Positive Masters Show – Expressing Your Gratitude for the Process of Making Your Coffee


In this clip of episode 1 of the Positive Masters Show podcast, I share how you can be grateful for many things & experiences throughout your day such as the process of making your coffee.

The full episode “1: Positive Masters Show – 3 Daily Gratitude Practices to Boost Your Happiness!” is available on the Positive Masters Youtube Channel here: Positive Masters Youtube Channel & on all major podcast platforms.

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The full episode of “1: Positive Masters Show – 3 Daily Gratitude Practices to Boost Your Happiness!” is now available on the Positive Masters Youtube channel and all major podcast platforms!


The full episode of “1: Positive Masters Show – 3 Daily Gratitude Practices to Boost Your Happiness!” is now available on the Positive Masters Youtube Channel and all major podcast platforms!

3 gratitude practices that you can do daily to boost your happiness!

1. Express your gratitude from the moment you wake up until you go to sleep.
2. Identify things to be grateful for during your good times and badtimes.
3. When good things happen, write down how grateful you are for those wonderful moments. Also, if you use something you’re grateful for, write it down.

As mentioned in the podcast, I’m an affiliate of Artlist. You can hear more of Artlist’s music and purchase their songs for your personal enjoyment or business here: Artlist

Per the podcast, I use Google Calendar, Google Keep, Gmail, and Google Drive in Google’s G Suite for my business and personal life, which is linked here: G Suite

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Episode 1 of the Positive Masters Show – 3 Daily Gratitude Practices.


Here’s a clip of Episode 1 of the Positive Masters Show – 3 daily gratitude practices. 😃

1. Express your gratitude from the moment you wake up until you go to sleep.

I give examples of how I practice my gratitude from the start of my day. I hope this episode can help you with your inner peace and happiness.

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The music I use in the podcast is from Artlist. You can hear more of Artlist’s music and purchase their songs for your personal enjoyment or business here: Artlist

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+positive masters+ Solid Black Unisex Face Masks (3-Pack)⁠


+positive masters+ Solid Black Unisex Face Masks (3-Pack)⁠

+positive masters+ Solid Black Unisex Face Masks (3-Pack)⁠

Solid Black Unisex Face Masks (3-Pack)⁠

+positive masters+ Solid Black Unisex Face Masks (3-Pack)⁠ are great for every day use. Plus, they match every outfit you wear.

This durable unisex face mask is made from two layers of treated fabric and features elastic ear loops and a center flat seam that ensure a close fit. It’s machine-washable and reusable. Sold in packs of 3.⁠

• Two layers of fabric⁠
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The face masks have been produced using the unique Silverplus® technology. It prevents the growth of bacteria which cause unpleasant odors, discoloration, staining, and deterioration.⁠

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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.

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I hold the warmth of your lonely soul – Part 2


I hold the warmth of your lonely soul.

I hold the warmth of your lonely soul.

I hold the warmth of your lonely soul.

Let your fears go.

Let them fly away and dissipate.

That’s how we’ll make our escape.

– +positive masters+, Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 6/22/2019 –

You can be physically lonely, and you can be mentally lonely. Your fears can control your mind. You may keep them within you because you don’t want anyone to see your vulnerability. However, by talking about your fears to someone who is understanding, that person may be able to help you to take the necessary steps to push away your perception of your fears, which are often distorted. Talk therapy or psychotherapy with an understanding person can help you break out of your blown out of proportion perception.

In nonattachment, a practice developed in Buddhism, feel your negative emotions but don’t let them be attached to you and bring you down. In the Eightfold Path, the first of the eight practices is to have a right understanding, which is to do your best to understand the truth. Ask yourself, “What is the truth to your fears?” Are your fears real, or are you imagining them? For example, if you’re telling yourself you’re not good enough to succeed, is that really true? No, you’ve succeeded before. Yes, you’ve failed in the past, but that was a part of the process of your growth that led you to succeed again. When you look back in your life, you’ll identify how you’ve made your comeback from your failures. You see, your fears are often filled with things that aren’t true. Don’t let your fears be attached to you. Understand your fears, and let them flow through you so you don’t get held back by them.

Another mindset practice that we mentioned in previous blog posts is the middle way practice that was also developed in Buddhism, which is to stay in the middle of your life’s journey. In this case, by staying in the middle way, you’ll be able to see your extreme perceptions of your fears at a distance to the side or both sides, but you can move past them as your proceed down the middle path.

Combine the middle way practice with psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, nonattachment, and right understanding as an arsenal of tools to overcome your fears.

I wrote the poem pictured in this blog post over a year ago. In it, the protagonist tells his lover to let go of her fears after she bravely reveals them to him (psychotherapy and non attachment). He not only keeps her warm physically, but mentally and spiritually.

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Jon

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Write down all the good things that happened in your day.


Write down all the good things that happened in your day.

Write down all the good things that happened in your day.

Write down all the good things that happened in your day. By doing this, you’ll get boosts of good feelings. This daily practice also reminds you of all the wonderful things in your life.

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Go hard on your dreams, but don’t burn yourself out.


Go hard on your dreams, but don't burn yourself out.

Go hard on your dreams, but don’t burn yourself out.

Go hard on your dreams, but don’t burn yourself out. Break up your goals into bite-size tasks, take breaks between your work, and reward yourself for executing on your tasks for the day, such as your favorite TV show or a tasty snack.

Have fun attacking your goals!

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Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits!


Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits!

Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits! Pictured is a white plumeria flower lei.

Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits!

May 1, 2020 is Lei Day in Hawaii. Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits! With its beauty and sweet smell, flowers evoke your sight and smell, which can be therapeutic if you’re feeling stressed. Also, giving a lei to someone is a way to show your love to that person. As we say in Hawaii, May Day is Lei Day!

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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
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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
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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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