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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 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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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When times get tough, love yourself more! ❤️


When times get tough, love yourself more! During times of hardship, having alone time to replenish your energy is important. Activities such as self-reflection, meditation, reading, taking a nice walk outside, listening to a motivating podcast, journaling, drawing, designing, and creative writing can lift your spirit.

When times get tough, love yourself more! ❤️

When times get tough, love yourself more! ❤️

During times of hardship, having alone time to replenish your energy is important. Activities such as self-reflection, meditation, reading, taking a nice walk outside, listening to a motivating podcast, journaling, drawing, designing, and creative writing can lift your spirit. 😊

My friends, if you’re going through a slump, I feel you. There are days, I get up and question myself. “Why do I keep going?” When I restate my personal mission statement, I’m empowered by my “why,” so I keep doing my best. Sending positive energy to you! 🙌

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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Somewhere along our journey of life, we lost our innocence.


Somewhere along our journey of life, we lost our innocence. If you can see the innocent child in the person who is hurting your feelings, you'll be more willing to forgive that person, like you would a child.

Somewhere along our journey of life, we lost our innocence. If you can see the innocent child in the person who is hurting your feelings, you’ll be more willing to forgive that person, like you would a child.

Somewhere along our journey of life, we lost our innocence.

If you can see the innocent child in the person who is hurting your feelings, you’ll be more willing to forgive that person, like you would a child. Replace the angry face of the adult hurting your feelings with that of a child. This can change your mindset, a hack that can calm yourself from raging back. A child is learning and molding his/her character. As adults, we can continuously improve ourselves as well. When you remain calm with an unruly adult, other adults and children observing will remember this. They too will have to choose what kind of reputation they want from others – the dark side or the light side. ❤

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Be a student of mental health.


Be a student of mental health. Study your thoughts & emotions. Assess why you think and feel a certain way. Train yourself to be ready for difficult situations with people & events, whether it be death, failure, disagreement, judgment, impatience, etc. These difficulties will come at us sooner or later. The more we exercise our mind on how to best handle life's lemons, the better we become in reinforcing our positive thoughts by our positive actions.⁠

Be a student of mental health. The more we exercise our mind on how to best handle life’s lemons, the better we become in reinforcing our positive thoughts by our positive actions.⁠

Be a student of mental health. Study your thoughts & emotions. Assess why you think & feel a certain way. Train yourself to be ready for difficult situations with people & events, whether it be death, failure, disagreement, judgment, impatience, etc. These difficulties will come at us sooner or later. The more we exercise our mind on how to best handle life’s lemons, the better we become in reinforcing our positive thoughts by our positive actions.⁠ 😊⁠

As students of math, we practice numbers, & we still do so in our daily lives in order to make sure we pay our bills & get our returns on investments. As students of English, we are always reading, writing, & speaking, constantly changing & improving our art in communication.⁠ 📖⁠

For mental health, we tell our little children to explain what’s bothering them instead of yelling & giving a tantrum. Hello? We adults still give tantrums that are directed at other adults at work & in our personal lives. We need to train our minds to be optimized for its best performance not just when times are good but when times are terrible. Read articles & books about the many practices you can do to maintain a positive mindset. All of us at Positive Masters will also share the practices that work for us. As a community, we can share & help each other to master our inner peace. By doing so, we will better our interactions with others that will spread like wildfire. Together, we can lessen the verbal & physical violence in our world. Yes, world peace is possible.⁠ 🌎⁠

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Take a deep breath.


Whenever you feel stressed, anxious, or angry, a remedy you can apply that's really simple to do is deep breathing.

Whenever you feel stressed, anxious, or angry, a remedy you can apply that’s really simple to do is deep breathing.

Take a deep breath.⁠

Whenever you feel stressed, anxious, or angry, a remedy you can apply that’s really simple to do is deep breathing. As soon as you feel your heart rate picking up, your muscles tightening, or your head feeling nauseous, take a deep breath and count to four, then exhale slowly while counting to four. Keep repeating this slow breathing technique until you feel your heart rate normalize, your muscles relax, and clarity return to your mind. 😊⁠

Even if you’re not stressed or anxious, try this breathing technique. You’ll feel much more relaxed and ready to accomplish things. 👊⁠

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Nothing is fair. Understanding this will set you free from regret and resentment.


Nothing is fair. Understanding this will set you free from regret and resentment. Why? Because what seems fair for you may not be seen as fair for someone else.

Nothing is fair. Understanding this will set you free from regret and resentment.

Nothing is fair. Understanding this will set you free from regret and resentment. Why? Because what seems fair for you may not be seen as fair for someone else. ⚖️⁠

Look at our careers. What you bring to the table in your business or job will be seen differently by each individual. 🤔⁠

The same goes for punishment. Why do you think the judges and juries make widely different decisions in sentencing people for offenses? We all have our own biases and perceptions. That’s why a person with a conviction of a violent crime can have a fine while a person convicted of a non-violent crime can go to prison. Us humans, with all our flaws, operate in shades of gray. 🙈⁠

We can only do our best to see the big picture and understand all parties involved in an issue. Hopefully, everyone involved can find the fairest agreement possible – not 100% fair but fairest possible, which involves compromise. If people lie, have shaky reasoning, or have extreme biases, they have to live with it. People will eventually avoid them. Whatever the outcome, you must do all you can to accept it as it is. Whatever is done, is done. Even if the outcome is lopsided, for the sake of your inner peace, you must accept it. If you don’t, you’ll be haunted by regret and/or resentment that will eat away your soul. 😱⁠

My friends, if you’re going through challenging issues, I sincerely wish you inner peace. It’ll be tough at first, but you’ll eventually smile, and then over time, you’ll feel bits and pieces of happiness. Keep going until you’re fully lit from the inside out with positive energy! 👊⁠

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When you tame your monkey mind, you feel much happier! 🐵😃


Let go of things you can’t control. Maximize your efforts on the things you can control. When you tame your monkey mind, you feel much happier! 🐵😃

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All we really want is to love and be loved. Don’t abandon the child in you. ⁠


All we really want is to love and be loved. Don't abandon the child in you.

This picture speaks for itself. So powerful.

All we really want is to love and be loved. Don’t abandon the child in you. ⁠

Pictured is the amazing artwork called “Love” by Ukrainian artist Alexander Milov for the Burning Man showing two adults upset and hurt by one another but the child in each of them wants to forgive and be with each other. Just looking at this picture gets me teary-eyed. If we can see the innocent child in ourselves and others, the world will be a much better place. Sending love to you. ❤️⁠

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Are you facing financial challenges? Here are 5 ways to save some money that you can apply in your life.


Are you facing financial challenges? Is it because of a business venture(s) you’re working on or did you lose your job? First of all, don’t beat yourself up. Everything we do has a risk. Nothing is 100% safe. Life is about giving things a shot. You succeed, fail, adjust, succeed, fail, adjust . . . We take chances on opportunities, learn, and evolve. That’s how we grow.

When it comes to managing your money during your challenging times, before you purchase something, ask yourself, “Is this something I want or something I need?” Only address your necessities. Put aside your wants for now. Here are 5 ways to save some money that you can apply in your life:

(1) Walk and travel by mass transit instead of owning a vehicle.

(2) Cancel services you don’t need.

(3) Use coupons and customer rewards and look for sales when buying necessities.

(4) Maximize the goods you own and express your gratitude for them.

(5) Reuse plastic bags and ziplock bags for your trash.

I’m actually practicing these 5 pointers right now to save money after I undertook financial risks with my recent start-up businesses that I have on my own and with my business partners. By downgrading my lifestyle and maximizing small deals and recycling, I lower my stress because I know I’m doing my best with what I can control to undertake my latest journey on my unchartered and often scary adventure. I have other practices that I can share with you later.

Always be grateful for every good thing you have in your life. Don’t let the darkness cover them up. Sending you positive energy!

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See your suffering as a pivotal point for you to change! And yes, you’re going to come back stronger!


See your suffering as a pivotal point for you to change! And yes, you're going to come back stronger!

The world loves a good comeback story! Feel your suffering and take that energy to do good in your life and the world!

See your suffering as a pivotal point for you to change! And yes, you’re going to come back stronger! 👊⁠

Pictured here is our Resilience Mantra Unisex T-Shirt. Wear it to motivate you to be resilient to the challenges that come your way! 😃⁠

Our Resilience Mantra Unisex T-Shirts are soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It’s a comfortable shirt for both men and women. The following are further description of our shirts: 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester); Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2); Shoulder-to-shoulder taping; Side-seamed; and Bella + Canvas is the maker. 👕⁠

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I seek loneliness to protect me.


I seek loneliness to protect me.⁠ This is a poem about wanting inner peace from judgment and attacks. When your work puts you out in the public, you will get judged, attacked, and punished harsher than if you are quiet and anonymous.

I seek loneliness to protect me.⁠ This is a poem about wanting inner peace from judgment and attacks. When your work puts you out in the public, you will get judged, attacked, and punished harsher than if you are quiet and anonymous.

I seek loneliness to protect me.⁠

Hiding my dreams from my enemies.⁠

If I have nothing, then why would anyone attack me for nothing?⁠

Little by little, I make my imagination real.⁠

In time, you can touch it. ⁠

Then, you can tell me how it makes you feel.⁠

– Positive Masters, Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 10/25/2019 -⁠

This is a poem about wanting inner peace from judgment and attacks. When your work puts you out in the public, you will get judged, attacked, and punished harsher than if you are quiet and anonymous.  I dedicate this poem to all of you going through your challenges. Keep going my friends! 😊❤️

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Yesterday’s failure is a lesson to help you succeed today!


Yesterday's failure is a lesson to help you succeed today! Learn, adjust, and execute! Keep growing and keep evolving.

Yesterday’s failure is a lesson to help you succeed today! Having this positive way to look at your failures is a superpower!

Yesterday’s failure is a lesson to help you succeed today! Learn, adjust, and execute! Keep growing and keep evolving. 😃⁠

Pictured here is our Spilled Pink Milk Logo Unisex Hoodie! Notice how Pink Milk and Pink Milk Carton are both smiling even though they made a boo boo. “It’s okay, you can get more,” they’re telling us. 😊⁠

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5 Benefits of reading fiction! 📚📖⁠


There are many benefits of reading fictions such as expanding your imagination, motivating you to be the hero in your life, increasing your empathy, learning different styles of writing, and reducing your stress.

Besides this list, there are many more benefits of reading fiction. These benefits are some that have been beneficial for me. I hope they helpful for you as well!

5 Benefits of reading fiction: 📚📖⁠

(1) Fiction expands your imagination. You visualize the characters & scenes. 😃⁠

(2) Fiction motivates you to be the hero in your life. In most novels, the protagonist faces obstacles to become a hero. Win or lose, you respect the protagonist for his/her tremendous efforts. Likewise, you can do the same in your journey. 👊⁠⁠

(3) Fiction helps you empathize for others. When you read fiction, you empathize for the characters undergoing hardship, an important quality to have in your life and career. ❤️⁠

(4) Through fiction, you learn different styles of writing that aren’t usually shown in nonfiction books. 🖋️⁠

(5) Fiction reduces your stress by taking you into other worlds and into the lives of unique characters. 😊⁠

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Manage your monkey mind with green tea. It comes with L-theanine, an amino acid that helps reduce stress and relaxes your mind and body.


Manage your monkey mind with green tea. It comes with L-theanine, an amino acid that helps reduce stress and relaxes your mind and body.

Here’s our Monkey Mind Logo 11 oz. Mug! Enjoy some hot green tea in it!

Manage your monkey mind with green tea. It comes with L-theanine, an amino acid that helps reduce stress and relaxes your mind and body. With green tea, you don’t get the jitters and crash that can be experienced with coffee. It creates this sense of calm alertness and focused energy within the mind and body. 🍵

Oh, and enjoy your hot green tea in our Monkey Mind Logo 11 oz Mug that’s displayed in this photo! You can purchase this mug and other goods at www.positivemasters.com. 😊

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Smile and the world smiles back!


Smile and the world smiles back! Smiling is contagious and healthy!

Smile and the world smiles back! Smiling is contagious and healthy!

Smile and the world smiles back! 😃

You’ve had a string of bad events. Your outlook darkens and you tell yourself, “nothing is going right.” Then you connect with that friend or even stranger who flashes that bright smile at you, often followed by a warm greeting. You smile back and absorb their friendliness. It’s not all doom and gloom. You feel a bit better as you see some light again.😁

The act of smiling can transform you and the world around you. Research shows us that a smile is contagious and healthy. By smiling, we appear more attractive to others. It lifts our mood, as well as the moods of those around us. Even better, the act of smiling can even lengthen our lives. 😉

When you flash a smile, your feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are all released. This relaxes your body and lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. ❤

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Be grateful for all the good things you have in your life!


Be grateful for all the good things in your life! Gratitude is one of the most powerful practices to maintain a positive lifestyle. When things are going well in your life, you're even happier when you practice gratitude! When your life takes a turn for the worse, practicing gratitude can help in lifting your soul out of from the depths of darkness.

Gratitude is one of the most powerful practices to maintain a positive lifestyle. When things are going well in our life, you’re even happier when you practice gratitude! When your life takes a turn for the worse, practicing gratitude can help in lifting your soul out of from the depths of darkness.

Be grateful for all the good things you have in your life! From the moment you wake up, express your thanks for your opportunity at life! The odds of you being born are about 1 in 400 trillion. Make the most of what you’ve got! 😃

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We can improve the way we perceive and process reality!


We can improve the way we perceive and process reality. See an event as it is. Don't let your emotions take over your mind and make you judge the event as bad or good. It just is. Look for the good or a lesson in every challenging situation or person. What positive action can you take to move on? Take this action, move forward, and let the unpleasant event be.

We can improve the way we perceive and process reality. Look for the good or a lesson in every challenging situation or person. What positive action can you take to move on? Take this action, move forward, and let the unpleasant event be. It’s a practice that can make our lives happier.

We can improve the way we perceive and process reality! See an event as it is. Don’t let your emotions take over your mind and make you judge the event as bad or good. It just is. Look for the lesson in every challenging situation or person. What positive action can you take to move on? Take this action, move forward, and let the unpleasant event be. 🙏

Here’s our Positive Masters Logo Unisex Hoodie! This design and the Positive Masters brand was created to motivate you to train and practice positive lifestyle practices in order to have a consistent positive mindset to live a happier life! The Positive Masters brand was created to motivate you to train and practice positive lifestyle practices in order to have a consistent positive mindset to live a happier life! 😊❤

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Being positive is way cooler than being negative!


Being positive is way cooler than being negative! Your daily acts of kindness can put a smile on a person's face, even motivate others to live a happier life!

To achieve world peace, we must start with ourselves. If we can maintain peace within ourselves, others may be encouraged to do the same. If a majority of the human race can be at peace within themselves, only then can we achieve world peace.

Being positive is way cooler than being negative! Your daily acts of kindness can put a smile on a person’s face, even motivate others to live a happier life! In contrast, negative people drain your energy with their anger, impatience, pessimism, complaints, and tantrums. When you maintain peace within yourself, you can handle challenging situations in a calmer manner. Only when everyone is at peace with oneself will we attain world peace. Leave a positive legacy filled with love, compassion, and empathy for the younger generations to follow! 😃🙌

Here’s our Plus Sign Logo Unisex T-Shirt, available at www.positivemasters.com!!! The plus sign design on the t-shirt represents your positive lifestyle. It also represents adding up your daily wins such as your small goals for the day, wonderful interactions with others, simple pleasures, and time with your loved ones! ❤

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I’m in control of my monkey mind!


By not worrying about things you can't control, you'll be able to accomplish tasks that you can control!

You got this! Tame that monkey mind of yours so you can be present to accomplish the tasks you can control!

By not worrying about things you can’t control, you’ll be able to accomplish tasks that you can control! 🙌

Shop at www.positivemasters.com for our Monkey Mind Logo Unisex T-Shirts and Monkey Mind Logo Women’s Fit T-Shirts! They make great gifts! 😃

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You can have a meaningful life through your attitude!


You can have meaning in your life through your attitude! If you have a positive attitude, you can find meaning in your life even under difficult circumstances.

Do all you can to have a positive attitude, a super power that will help you through your darkest times.

Having a Meaningful Life – Part 3 of 3. ❤

You can have meaning in your life through your (1) creativity, (2) experiences, & (3) attitude. ❤

Today, we highlight how your attitude has a role in attaining meaning in your life. If you have a positive attitude, you can find meaning in your life even under difficult circumstances. The foundation of this 3-part article is from Dr. Victor Emil Frankl (1905-1997), an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, & Holocaust survivor. He was able to have meaning in his life despite going through the horrors of being imprisoned in a Nazi death camp. His father died of illness & his mother, brother, & wife were killed by the Nazis. Dr. Viktor Frankl’s tragic optimism focuses on (a) affirmation of the meaning & value of life, regardless of circumstances; (b) acceptance of what cannot be changed; (c) self-transcendence in serving a higher purpose; faith in others & in something beyond our realm; & (d) courage to face adversity. 🙏

The following dialogue between Dr. Frankl & his patient, an elderly, depressed man who could not overcome the loss of his wife shows the depth one’s attitude has on one’s meaning in life:

Dr. Frankl asked, “What would have happened if you had died first, & your wife would have had to survive you?” 💔

“Oh,” replied the patient, “for her this would have been terrible; how she would have suffered.” 💔

Frankl continued, “You see such a suffering has been spared her; & it is you who have spared her this suffering; but now, you have to pay for it by surviving her & mourning her.” The man said no word, but shook Dr. Frankl’s hand & calmly left his office. ❤

This conversation brought tears to my eyes. My friends, no matter what you’re going through, no matter how tough it is, you have the ability to see the light & keep moving forward. ❤

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Positive Masters’ Monkey Mind Green Women’s Fit T-shirt!


Calm your monkey mind by focusing on what you can control!

This Monkey Mind Green Women’s Fit T-Shirt will encourage you to calm your monkey mind by focusing on what you can control! This shirt is available at www.positivemasters.com !!

Monkey Mind has been a part of our DNA for survival since the primitive days of the human race. We had to worry about the downside in order to survive against the threats of nature, other creatures, and our own kind. However, we now live in a time where our daily threats are often our fear of failure in our careers and relationships. A saber tooth tiger is not after us every day. If you worry about things you have no control over, you will paralyze yourself from progress. Get your monkey mind out of your head by focusing on what you can control! 🙈 🙉 🙊

Our Monkey Mind Women’s Fit T-shirts are 100% cotton (except for heather colors, which contain 10% polyester) and pre-shrunk. The following are further description of these shirts: 100% jersey knit; Pre-shrunk; Seamless, double-need ⅞” collar; Taped neck and shoulders; and Classic fit. 🐵 🐒🐵🐒🐵🐒

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Welcome Monkey Mind to the Positive Masters Universe!


Positive Masters' Monkey Mind Unisex T-Shirt encourages us to overcome our Monkey Mind. Stop worrying on what you can't control. Focus on what you can control.

Monkey Mind has been a part of our DNA for survival since the primitive days of the human race. We had to worry about the downside in order to survive against the threats of nature, other creatures, and our own kind. However, we now live in a time where our daily threats are often our fear of failure in our careers and relationships. A saber tooth tiger is not after us every day. If you worry about failing in your career or personal life, and things you have no control over, you will paralyze yourself from progress. Get your monkey mind out of your head by focusing on what you can control!

Welcome Monkey Mind to the Positive Masters Universe! I don’t know about you, but Monkey Mind has been my nemesis every time I have a vision of what I want to do & where I want to be in my life. On some days, I’m on a roll, gaining little wins left & right. I’m moving forward! I’m feeling good! 😁🐒

Then there are those days when my Monkey Mind takes over. “You’re not good enough,” he taunts. “You’ve never done this before. Heck, no one has done this before. The haters are going to attack you. Play it safe. Do what you know. Do what you’re already good at.” 🐵

I counter him, “Get out of my head Monkey Mind! I can learn. I can reinvent myself. If I fail, I’ll still gain skills, knowledge, & relationships. What I’m creating isn’t for the haters, it’s for my tribe, those who want to be happy & have a purposeful life. I’m being me, the best I can be!” 😫

My friends, if you’re going through these battles internally, I dedicate this Monkey Mind Unisex T-Shirt to you. Win or lose, you’ll be fine. The Positive Masters are with you. Focus on what you can control. Keep learning & growing. Embrace the journey. Don’t be attached to the outcome. Sending positive energy to you! ❤

Our Monkey Mind Unisex Short Sleeve T-Shirts are soft & lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. They are comfortable for both men & women. The following are further description of our shirts: 100% combed & ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester); Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2); Shoulder-to-shoulder taping; & Side-seamed. 👕 😊

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Even if the world is unkind, the greatest war is in your mind.


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With a positive mindset, we can be more happier and face difficult situations with more grit.

Much of our happiness and suffering is determined by our mindset.

History has shown how resilient humans can be, even under very difficult situations. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Daniel K. Inouye are a few examples of individuals who accomplished so much to make our world better despite mental and physical challenges weighing against them. 👊

With a strong will and an understanding of what you can and can’t control, you will accomplish great things by working on your small wins day by day! 😃

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Sleep is Important for Your Mind & Body.


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Sleep has many benefits for our mind, body, and soul.

Get at least 7 hours of sleep to have a positive mindset and healthy body.

Sleep is very important to having a positive mindset and healthy body. Health professionals recommend adults to sleep 7 to 9 hours, although some people may need as few as 6 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each day. If you’re a teenager (ages 14-17), you need about 8-10 hours of sleep each day. Children need more hours of rest, and much more is needed for babies.

I aim to have at least 7 hours of sleep every night, however, I have to admit that I’m not consistent on this. I’ve succeeded 85 times and today, July 10, 2019 is the 170th day of the year. After working during the day, I often return home and continue working late at night and into the early morning, even until the light of dawn when I’m in the zone. As of last night, July 9, 2019, I’ve made a greater commitment to achieving more restful nights of sleep.

Here’s 5 benefits a good night’s sleep has on your mind and body:

1. Reduces Your Stress and Anxiety. With a lack of rest, your mind and body goes into a state of stress, which causes high blood pressure and a higher production of stress hormones. High blood pressure increases your risk for heart attack and stroke. Increased stress hormones raises the level of inflammation in your body, causing a greater risk for heart-related conditions, as well as cancer and diabetes. Having a good sleep will prevent you from going into this state of stress. Also, ever notice how much more stressed out and anxious you are when you don’t sleep enough? With a full rest, you’re better at attacking your challenges!
2. Makes Your Mind Alert. A good night’s sleep makes you more energetic and alert. When you’re tired, it’s hard to focus on your tasks, especially where a lot of thinking is involved.
3. Improves Your Memory. Sleep plays an important role in a process called memory consolidation. During sleep, your brain is processing your day, making connections between events, sensory input, feelings, and memories.
4. Reduces Your Depression. Sleep affects many of the chemicals in your body, including serotonin. People with serotonin deficiencies are more likely to suffer from depression. Keep your serotonin and other happy chemicals up by going to bed early enough to get those restful hours.
5. Repairs Your Body. Sleep is a time when your body is working hard to repair damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays, and other harmful exposure. Your cells produce more protein while you’re sleeping. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, allowing them to repair the damage.

So do your best to get some deep sleep and the next morning you’ll be ready to crush your day!

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Deep Breathing, a Remedy for Stress, Anxiety, & Anger.


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Relieve stress, anxiety, and anger with deep breathing!

It takes years to build a good reputation, yet, it takes only a moment to destroy it. Our greatest mistakes in life often occur when we’re stressed, anxious, or angry.

Whenever you feel stressed, anxious, or angry, one remedy you can apply that’s really simple to do is deep breathing. As soon as you feel your heart rate picking up, your muscles tightening, and/or your head feeling nauseous, take a deep breath and count to four, then exhale slowly while counting to four. Keep repeating this slow breathing technique until you feel your heart rate normalize, your muscles relax, and clarity return to your mind.

Even if you’re not stressed, anxious, or angry, try this breathing technique. You’ll feel much more relaxed and ready to accomplish things.

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Creative Writing, a Remedy for Stress, Anxiety, & Sadness.


Counter stress, anxiety, and depression by writing in you diary, journal, or blog. Write a novel or nonfiction.

[The following content is from a blog post I wrote at www.positivemasters.com, an e-commerce store that provides lifestyle practices, creative writing, books, apparel, accessories, and fashion to boost your happiness and counter your anxiety and depression.]

Creative Writing, a Remedy for Stress, Anxiety, & Sadness.

You’re grieving the latest round of loved ones who passed away, a close family member and a dear family friend, both with caring and happy personalities, and both Positive Masters. You’re putting out fires fueled by personality clashes in a non-profit organization you’re leading that’s suppose to promote inner peace. Phone calls and emails get thrown at you from your business partners and vendors, telling you everything that’s going wrong. Payments aren’t coming in from your clients while your attorney defending you for your driving under the influence case is needing his payment. Oh, and for that driving under the influence case, the court threw the book at you for not being a good role model as a politician so you’re facing five days in jail. Business events, charities, and parties with alcohol was your escape from your stress back then. In your inner circle, a close friend is in the lowest point of his life and another is going through a painful divorce. On top of this, you’ve got so many things to do on a couple of other start-up business projects that gives you anxiety. When you stop working, your dark monkey mind haunts you at night and as soon as you wake up, telling you everything that could go wrong.

Your muscles tense up, your heart beats harder, and your breaths become shorter. A part of you wants to fade out. You picture Luke Skywalker meditating on the large, flat rock on a cliff on a remote island on the planet Ahch-To. His spirit is being astral projected to the planet Crait to face-off the entire First Order to defend his loved ones, until his energy is depleted, and ultimately, he fades away with the sun setting in Ahch-To to be one with the force, leaving the rest of us to live on, facing the dark side without him.

So you go into your office, close your door and meditate. After a few minutes, you feel a cozy sensation, like you’re being hugged. It’s from the presence of your grandparents on both sides of your family.  Both of your grandmothers radiate loving warmth to you. Your mother’s father who was very close to you, gives you extreme comfort, like he did when he was alive. His positive energy is so strong, no words are needed, just his presence. Then you hear the words from your father’s father. You don’t hear it, you feel it. “Jon, it’s just money. You can make more. It’s just five days in jail. I’m investing in you. Keep going.”

“I miss you so much. I love you,” I tell them as tears stream down both of my cheeks. I feel their warmth slipping away to the chill of the air from my air conditioner. My breaths are now deeper and longer, relaxing my body, and most importantly, relaxing my soul.

I pack my loyal robots, slipping my smartphone into the pocket of my cargo shorts and placing my laptop into my favorite backpack that I’ve been using since my days in law school, and headed off on my usual path to my neighborhood coffee shop to get back to work on my vision.

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Haiku #5


Stay under their view.

Surpass them and they will kill.

It’s in their nature.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, June 5, 2016-

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Keep failing until we succeed, and keep succeeding until we fail.


For many of us, dreams and goals make life exciting.  I enjoy coming up with ideas, expanding my skill-sets, and building relationships.  However, sometimes in the midst of our hustle to do well in our lives, we forget the importance of having gratitude for what we have now and accomplished thus far.  We get too fixated on what we want and get frustrated when all our efforts are not taking us there.  We all love success, but with every dream and goal we pursue, there will be challenges and even failure.  Some statistics say 8 out of 10 businesses started will fail.  Many have pursued the path to become a U.S. Senator or President of the United States and have fallen short.  Others have attempted to reach the highest levels in their field of work but have failed to attain that level.  Failure is only failure if we don’t appreciate what we currently have and what we have gained.  Shoot to be number one in the world, but number 50 is still pretty darn good.  We can make peace with our mind knowing that we did our best, and won’t have the pain of wondering “What if I had given my idea a shot?”  Through failure, we gain knowledge in areas we may have not been familiar with; build new relationships; and even come up with more ideas to pursue.  With failure, we change and evolve, often leading us to worlds we’ve never experienced.  When we embrace failure as part of success, we can keep moving higher to a level where we can keep failing until we succeed, and keep succeeding until we fail.

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Punching in a Dream.


I don’t ever wanna be here.

Like punching in a dream, breathing life into my nightmare.

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Haiku #3 – Jon Riki Karamatsu


Close your eyes and cry.

Words come to me in the dark.

Can you feel my heart?

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, May 31, 2016 –

 

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Jon Riki Karamatsu – Haiku #2


Her lovely brown eyes.

Past my reflecting image,

lies joy and sadness.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 5/21/2016 –

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Don’t Give Up.


To my friends going through some tough times – life, love, money, health, death. Don’t give up. We’ll find a way. We always do.

I dedicate this song to you – “Up & Up” by Coldplay.

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Marie Forleo’s interview of Elizabeth Gilbert.


Hi Everyone,

Here’s a great interview of Elizabeth Gilbert by Marie Forleo in regards to unleashing your creative self.  Ms. Gilbert is an entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker.  Below the video are my notes from this amazing interview.  It’s sure to lift your spirit and keep you motivated as you pursue your creativity.

Jon’s Notes on Marie Forleo’s interview of Elizabeth Gilbert – Author

Latest Book: “Big Magic”

Nugget’s Wisdom: The real reason we don’t move creatively ahead is always and only fear.

  • Afraid they don’t have talent; afraid of rejection; afraid of criticism.

 

Nugget’s Wisdom: I have no desire to become a fearless person.

  • Only people who are fearless are psychopaths and toddlers.
  • Fear is a necessary companion.
  • Fear is the reason why we’re alive today. Fear protects us.

 

Nugget’s Wisdom: Creativity will always provoke your fear.

  • Acknowledge the importance of fear and invite it along. I’m just writing a poem. It’s not life or death.

 

Nugget’s Wisdom: You can’t let fear have control over your creative choices.

  • Fear can shut your creative choices one by one. No don’t do that – No, too risky.

 

Nugget’s Wisdom: Guaranteed it’s already been done, but it’s not yet been done by you.

  • 40,000 years of the art and pretty much it’s been done before.
  • Shakespeare borrowed stories and told them in a way that’s never been told before.
  • Artists have always been responding to stuff but you can add to the pile.
  • What moves me is the humanity in the authentic piece of creation. My heart and mind has changed. The world looks different.

 

“All love eventually becomes help.” Inspired by Paul Tillich.

  • You will radiate a thing that people wants to be near.

 

Every pursuit comes with a shit sandwich. What do you love but willing to eat the shit sandwich?

  • 7 years of rejection letters. Are you willing to still eat the shit sandwich?
  • Even when you succeed, your shit sandwich will be media criticism, people criticism, etc.
  • Is this still better than nothing doing it? If yes, then you’re on the right path.

 

Nuggets of Wisdom: People murder their creativity by insisting they’re not truly creative unless their creativity pays the bills.

  • Jump and the net might catch you. What would do even if failure wasn’t a word you’re thinking of.
  • You may or not get everything you want.
  • Don’t be fixated on how much money your creativity makes. You work on your creativity because you love to work on it.
  • Don’t get so battered that you lose your house, family, etc. that you shut down and never want to work on your creativity.
  • Be child-like, not childish. Don’t be childish – I want it and I should get it. People get rage, resentment etc. for failure. Do be child-like and be open to creativity like a child.

 

I wish there was a shortcut for personal and spiritual growth, relationships, health, but there’s not. It takes a lot of work.

 

Nuggets of Wisdom: Perfectionism is a serial killer.

  • I don’t want to be perfect, I want it to be finished.
  • There’s a lot of good unfinished work.
  • If your standards are so high, you’ll never finish you work.
  • The contract I made was to be a writer, not a good writer.
  • I promised the universe that I would be a writer, not a good writer.
  • I don’t want to go to my grave with 50 pages of an unfinished novel.
  • If you don’t like it, go write your own fucking book. And you know what, you won’t.

 

Nuggets of Wisdom: What will make you finish it is not discipline, but self-forgiveness.

  • Forgive yourself for not doing well.
  • I’m not Hemingway, but I’ll keep trying.

 

Nuggets of Wisdom: There’s no better thing to spend your life doing that saying yes to that invitation.

  • When did inspiration promise you anything – other than the amazing experience you have dancing with it for some time? Inspiration will watch you fall off the cliff and smile and ask you, “Do you want to do it again?”
  • Find ways to cushion the fall. Despite the pain, one of these days, you will say yes to inspiration again.

 

You will create something that you love and then you may hate it later. You love it and you dismiss it. It’s okay.

  • It’s not a baby. It’s just a thing I made. People will criticize it, attack it, hate it.
  • It’s independent of you. Your creativity was making you as you were developing it. When you finish it, forget about it.

 

Nuggets of Wisdom: There are two kinds of creators in the world: the martyrs, and the tricksters.

  • Reject the martyr way. I will do this even if it kills me.
  • Trickster: I didn’t come here to get hurt.
  • Tricksters do things in a transgressive way. They play with things, turn things upside down. Down have to treat things as a holy way.
  • Trickster trusts the universe. Put it out there and see what happens. Don’t be so heavy. There’s no one way.

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Our Take, Take World.


We live in a take, take world. When our energy is drained to the point where our health begins to fade, it’s time to pause to review our life and then make the changes necessary to recover.

To combat this, we have to focus on those who fill us with positive energy and who truly care for who we are. We also need to work on what we’re passionate about and provide value that helps others. Somehow, when we do this, good things come back to us.

 

 

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Love Songs to Inspire


After 32 days of non-stop work on a development project in Kona, Hawaii and an EB-5 Regional Center based in Hawaii, I’m typing my 15th draft of my first novel that I started in October 2006 that currently consists of nearly 80,000 words, a love story between a young male protagonist and a dead girl that brings forward our fears of being alone, not finding true love in our lifetime, losing the battle against negative people, and dying without resolving the pain resulting from heartbreak and broken families. This weekend, I’m also going to continue working on my novel based in Iraq during the U.S. occupation – a love story that is sure to draw controversy because it is surrounded by violence, something you may either understand or disagree with, depending on where you stand on certain political issues. Nonetheless, the bottom line is that love can guide us through anger, death, and our darkest moments. I began writing my second story in May 2013 and it has just under 44,973 words.

The song “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry describes the emotional depth that the characters in my novels have with with each other despite their flaws and all the craziness around them. Even if the world is burning around them and their fate seems doomed, you yearn for their love to succeed. This music video has a ballroom scene. Likewise, my first story has a climax chapter with a ballroom scene. Such a powerful song.

 

Today, I just listened to the song below “Graduate” by Handsome Ghost and I immediately liked it.  The song connects to my stories because the characters in my novels have enormous obstacles that’s preventing them from being together.

 

“Swept Away” by Christoper Cross is one of my all-time favorite love songs ever, so much so that I wrote it into my first novel. Every time I listen to it, it brings out this warm feeling in my chest, and when I’m alone or writing a love story, it bring so much emotions out of me.

 

“Seeing for the First Time” by Britt Nicole is another song that represents the love that the characters in my novels have for one another.

I hope you enjoyed this entry and the songs!  Take care and may happiness be with you always.

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

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If they judge you by extraordinary standards, then live super extraordinary lives.


With innovation, hard work, relationship-building, and a relentless pursuit of success, comes a higher level of jealousy, envy, and scrutiny. It doesn’t matter how good our intentions are. We are often told that we knew what we were getting into. The message is clear: If we wanted to avoid such negativity, we should’ve settled with an average life. But that message goes against everything that our parents and teachers taught us – that we can go as far as we want to go.

I believe that we should continue to pursue our dreams and develop friendships that last a lifetime. We must keep working hard to create products and services through our ideas. If others want to judge us by extraordinary standards, then we just have to live super extraordinary lives.

Though I’m no longer serving in the public sector, I will do my best to help Hawaii and America’s economy through the companies that I’m a partner of. In the spirit of the music events business that I’m involved with, here is an uplifting song “We Don’t Stop” by Kaskade that encourages us to keep doing the best we can in our pursuit of happiness.

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Into the Light of Happiness.


At times, our greatest enemy is ourselves. Our negative thoughts push aside our positive ones, which in turn, affects our actions and everything around us. We get hard on ourselves for our failures when there was so much that we gained from taking that journey. We dwell on the past and what we don’t have, when the future is so bright with endless possibilities. We mourn the dead even though they never did leave us. Meanwhile, there are so many people who love us, and many more who are cheering us on to make our next move. So why stay still and let the darkness consume us? We have to make our move, and then another, and then many, many more. The future is relying on what we do now. To maximize what’s ahead of us, we need to be alive in the here and now. By practicing gratitude and compassion, we can transcend past our fears and into the light of happiness.

Below is a song called “Spirits” by the Strumbellas that reflect my feelings in my journal entry above.

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