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Facing Your Fear of Risk


Facing your fear of risk.

9th Rest Day for 2022

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

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

Facing Your Fear of Risk 

What if I …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Warmest Aloha, Jon

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6x Exercise for 2022: Ran 4.14 miles in Waikele (Ran 16.9 miles total for 2022). 🏃‍♂️

After darkness took over the world, a thousand birds embarked on a treacherous journey to find the rising phoenix to bring order and peace. After much suffering from the journey, only thirty remained. The rest gave up. The thirty birds realized that they themselves are the rising phoenix. 🕊🦅🕊🦅

Stories can transform your psyche. In turn, you can change the world. 😃

Pictured is my 6th exercise for 2022. I ran 4.14 miles in Waikele (Ran 16.9 miles total for 2022). 🏃‍♂️

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Running and Writing


I ran 4.35 miles on 1/3/2022. I love writing fiction and running. They complement each other. 

One keeps me moving in my mind. The other keeps me moving physically.

One exercises my ideas. The other exercises my mind and body.

Both alleviate my anxiety and sadness.

Both increase my happiness.

One exposes my vulnerability, strength, fear, and hope. The other fights to delay my death, so I can share my stories of vulnerability, strength, fear, and hope to encourage you to live the best you can with love, compassion, and empathy.

One gives me a high from dopamine, serotonin, and endorphin. The other gives me a high from dopamine and catharsis.

Both require discipline.

Both give me purpose.

Both can be challenging, even difficult at times.

Both teach me the importance of process.

Both are very rewarding.

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6: Positive Masters Show Podcast (Clip) – Daily Action Plan


6: Positive Masters Show Podcast (Clip) – Daily Action Plan

In this clip from episode 6 of the Positive Masters Show podcast, I talk about the importance of having a daily action plan and how having a theme sets your number one priority for the day! 

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

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

My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health. Wishing you the best! 

With Warmest Aloha, 

Jon Riki Karamatsu

6: Positive Masters Show Podcast (Clip) - Daily Action Plan
6: Positive Masters Show Podcast (Clip) – Daily Action Plan

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13: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Relaxing Rain. 1-Hour Study & Work Session.


13: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Relaxing Rain. 1-Hour Study & Work Session.

Welcome to Positive Masters where we develop our mindset and passion projects. In this video, let’s study and work together for a 1-hour Pomodoro (study and work session) with the sound of soothing rain. 

In the intro, I talk about the importance of managing your energy in order to be productive on your studies and work. Then we dive into our studies and work along to the sound of soothing rain in the background. 

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, strengthen our mindset, and bolster our relationships. That is my mission and the mission of Positive Masters. 

Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products here 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. 

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. 

Wishing you the best! 

With Warmest Aloha, 

Jon Riki Karamatsu 

0:00 Intro 

5:24 1-Hour Pomodoro (Study and Work Session) 

1:05:28 Outro and Information About Positive Masters 

13: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Relaxing Rain. 1-Hour Study & Work Session.
13: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Relaxing Rain. 1-Hour Study & Work Session.

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The Resistance


Dream for 11/5/2021

I dreamt I was driving a car through a nicer part of a dreary town in the Midwest of the United States.

In another scene, I was on a mountain where I met three Native American boys ages 11 to 12 who were wearing traditional outfits worn before the Caucasians forced their culture upon them. They had horses for their transportation. I joined them. We embarked on a quest to fight the resistance, the forces that beat humans down until they submit to the slavery of popular culture.

The boys and I quickly became friends. By being with them, the child in me fully returned. I was no longer an adult. Imagination was thriving in me again.

We fought off different elements of nature under control by humankind such as hay and manure. It attacked us like beasts. We fought them off and defeated them. When we were finally free from the control of humankind’s overwhelming culture. It was just the four of us on the top of the mountain with nature. Trees, shrubs, and breeze. It was wonderful!

When it was time for the boys to depart, they hopped on their horses and rode them backward down the mountain. I felt so sad. I could tell they were too by the looks on their faces. We watched each other as their horses slowly walked backwards down the mountain toward the great plains.

In the final scene, the three Native American boys were walking through a crowded sandy beach in Hawaii toward the ocean. People stared at them because they stood out with their old traditional Native American clothes. The boys walked by them as if they didn’t exist. I was there sitting on the sand among the crowd but I wasn’t. It was like I was a ghost. I started to cry.

The leader, the eldest boy entered the ocean first. He gracefully glided through the glassy water. His face said it all. He was at peace and free. I cried harder.

I woke up from my dream in my bed at this point. It was as if I was really crying. The message was powerful.

Jon Riki Karamatsu writing about his dream "The Resistance" on November 5, 2021.
Jon Riki Karamatsu writing about his dream “The Resistance” on November 5, 2021.

This dream represents our desire to break free from what popular society pressures us to do. We have become slaves to it. The three Native American boys represent a life that has become extinct after the Caucasians forced them onto reservations and into re-education systems to learn their culture and language. As history has shown, much of the old ways of the Native American culture has died and can only be relived through stories. This is how important stories are. One of my screenplays about Hawaiian culture has this same message. The pressure from popular culture has been making me feel doubtful about my love for writing stories.

The Native American aspect of my dream was likely influenced by an NHK television interview I watched last night with my parents at their house in Pearl City, Hawaii. It was about Larry Littlebird, a Navajo in his senior years who overcame his suffering to find himself and his culture under the overbearing pressure to conform to popular culture. He is a storyteller who founded Hamaatsa, a place to reconnect with nature with indigenous wisdom, by listening to nature and to each other in this challenging time.

The beach scene in Hawaii represents my desire to be with the ocean and sand, a place where I feel connected to nature. I am at peace there. The pressure of whether or not I should get back with the program of popular culture or continue to rebel against it has been weighing heavy on my shoulders.

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6: Positive Masters Show – Improve Your Productivity


6: Positive Masters Show – Improve Your Productivity

6: Positive Masters Show – Improve Your Productivity

My fellow Positive Makers in this episode we’re going to talk about the following 10 practices that you can use to maximize your productivity for your passion projects:

  1. Have a daily action plan;
  2. Prioritize your goals;
  3. Count your wins and make it a game;
  4. Time your work;
  5. Make your environment fun and productive;
  6. Read books and articles on how to improve your mindset;
  7. Power yourself through your purpose;
  8. Produce more than you consume;
  9. Produce dopamine by pursuing your purpose; and
  10. Take breaks and rest.

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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.

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6: Positive Masters Show - Improve Your Productivity
6: Positive Masters Show – Improve Your Productivity

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9: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Daily Action Plan & Managing Your Expectations


9: Positive Masters – Mindset Clips – Daily Action Plan & Managing Your Expectations

Welcome to Positive Masters where we develop our mindset and passion projects. 

For the first half of this mindset clip, I give more details on the importance of having a daily action plan. 

In the second half, I emphasize the importance of managing your expectations on when your work can be achieved. By doing your best to do the work and understand the process from A to Z, you get a better idea of how much time and effort it takes to get certain type of work done. This understanding makes you kinder to yourself when you are doing the work or more empathetic when others are doing the work. 

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

9: Positive Masters - Mindset Clips - Daily Action Plan & Managing Your Expectations
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Stack Your Skills!


Stack your skills!

In the past, I’ve talked about stacking our skills over many years and mixing our skills to cross over to other sectors and subsectors of our economy.

For instance, writing, research, reasoning, problem solving, transactional law, speaking, psychology, government affairs, and such can be used in entertainment, aviation, energy, and many other sectors and subsectors of our economy.

10,000 hours of work in one area can be applied to another. Even if your project did not bear the fruit you hoped for, the skills you developed are the true value from that experience. Moreover, the lessons you learned from the failure and process are added to your knowledge and experience. These are things that can only be learned from experimentation and iteration.

I love learning, trying, experimenting, and iterating. It gives me stress, but it can give me a huge dopamine rush when I get an a-ha moment.

The following text from Mastery by Robert Greene @robertgreeneofficial is very motivational:

“If we keep practicing, we gain fluency; basic skills are mastered, allowing us to take on newer and more exciting challenges. We begin to see connections that were invisible to us before. We slowly gain confidence in our ability to solve problems or overcome weaknesses through sheer persistence.”

Stay positive my friends. Don’t let your cognitive distortions ruin your momentum and abilities. You got this!

In this picture, I completed my 111th Exercise for 2021 on 10/10/2021 by running 3.38 miles in Waikele (Ran 337.15 mi. total for 2021).

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Stack Your Skills!


Stack your skills!

In the past, I’ve talked about stacking our skills over many years and mixing our skills to cross over to other sectors and subsectors of our economy.

For instance, writing, research, reasoning, problem solving, transactional law, speaking, psychology, government affairs, and such can be used in entertainment, aviation, energy, and many other sectors and subsectors of our economy.

10,000 hours of work in one area can be applied to another. Even if your project did not bear the fruit you hoped for, the skills you developed are the true value from that experience. Moreover, the lessons you learned from the failure and process are added to your knowledge and experience. These are things that can only be learned from experimentation and iteration.

I love learning, trying, experimenting, and iterating. It gives me stress, but it can give me a huge dopamine rush when I get an a-ha moment.

The following text from Mastery by Robert Greene @robertgreeneofficial is very motivational:

“If we keep practicing, we gain fluency; basic skills are mastered, allowing us to take on newer and more exciting challenges. We begin to see connections that were invisible to us before. We slowly gain confidence in our ability to solve problems or overcome weaknesses through sheer persistence.”

Stay positive my friends. Don’t let your cognitive distortions ruin your momentum and abilities. You got this!

In this picture, I completed my 111th Exercise for 2021 on 10/10/2021 by running 3.38 miles in Waikele (Ran 337.15 mi. total for 2021).

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12: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me


12: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me

Welcome to Positive Masters where we develop our mindset and passion projects. In this video, let’s study and work together for a 1-hour Pomodoro (study and work session) with the sound of calm lapping water in the background. 

In the intro, I talk about the value of writing a daily action plan. By writing down your plan and executing it, you can predict your future for the day ahead of you. Not everything you predict you can do will happen because you and all humans often believe you can achieve more than is possible. You will see this happening very often in your productivity system. Therefore, when you ask others to do work, have empathy and understanding on the work you request to get done. Often times, the time you want to get your work done is not realistic.  

Growth mindset people and generalists are people who do their best to learn all they can in their business and craft, so when they ask others to do the work, they understand the amount of time and effort it takes because they’ve done the work before.  

In contrast, barkers, people who just bark orders and other individuals who don’t do the work, have no clue on the time and effort it takes to finish work they request. Such people must understand the level of time and effort needed for the work to get done through those doing the work. 

In this video, I didn’t mention the unique visual I have for applying my daily action plan for my audacious projects, but I thought I mention it here: In order to get across the dark, scary unknown of your vision of your future self, you have to connect the dots to get across it. Each dot will appear when you come up with the next small logical action to connect an existing dot with the new one. Sometimes the dots will connect. Other times, they won’t. At times, you’ll have to come up with another idea, which is your next new dot. Maybe this time you’ll connect the dots. In other scenarios, you’ll have to connect dots backwards and sidewards before you can connect dots that move you forward. This takes patience and persistence. There are no short cuts. Great achievements are possible only with a patient and resilient mindset. 

Have fun in our study and work session! Let’s keep rocking it my friends! 

I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health. Enjoy Positive Masters’ blog, podcast, videos, and products here 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 the best! 

With Warmest Aloha, Jon Riki Karamatsu 

0:00 Intro

5:24 1-Hour Pomodoro (Study and Work Session)

1:05:28 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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12: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me

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Daily Action Plan


Daily Action Plan

For my productivity system, I like to write my daily action plan into the event details in my Google Calendar. This is the notes area. Then I schedule my daily action plan in my Google Calendar itself, blocking time out for each goal in my plan. 

Next, I paste a copy of my daily action plan in my Notion app, a notes app that I use for my note taking, research, and writing – my second brain. I also paste a copy of my daily action plan in Discord with my accountability partner. 

At the end of the day, I tally up my accomplishments for the day. My work is quantifiable by time and/or amount of work completed. I also give myself points – 2 points for every 45 minutes to 1 hour of deep work and 1 point for every task or light work completed within a few minutes to an hour. Treating my work like a game makes it fun and highly addictive! 

If you already have a productivity system that works, awesome! If you want to try my system or a part of it, great! So long as something works for you. Have fun traveling further into your quest to better yourself and live a happier and more fulfilling life! 

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

For my productivity system, I like to write my daily action plan into the event details in my Google Calendar. This is the notes area. Then I schedule my daily action plan in my Google Calendar itself, blocking time out for each goal in my plan. 
Daily Action Plan

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11: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me – Stream Background Noise


11: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me – Stream Background Noise

Welcome to Positive Masters where we develop our mindset and passion projects. In this video, let’s study and work together for two 1-hour Pomodoros (study and work sessions) with the sound of a stream in the background. Click the link or visit Positive Masters’ YouTube channel to study and work with me! 😄 

In the intro, I talk about the ups and downs we all face. Despite this, we do our best to show up and continue working towards our vision of our future selves. The fact that we can use technology to motivate one another and work together is amazing! Let’s do our best to keep our mindset positive. Together, we can keep progressing step by step. 

I’m a lawyer, small business person, and retired politician from Hawaii. My passion projects are writing fiction and creating content about mindset and mental health. 

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

With Warmest Aloha, Jon Riki Karamatsu

0:00 Intro 

2:23 First 1-Hour Pomodoro (Study and Work Session) 

1:02:26 15-Minute Break 

1:17:37 Second 1-Hour Pomodoro (Study and Work Session) 

2:17:40 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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Love Lost is Love Eternal


Love Lost is Love Eternal

Love lost is love eternal.

It lives on in a timeless realm.

Written by a soul who has long departed.

Experienced again by those who seek it.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 8/4/2021

Poem time! Love can live on forever in spirit. It can also live on eternally when you write about it and share it with others. ❤

This is a picture from 9/19/2021 when I completed my 102nd Exercise for 2021: Ran 3.54 miles in Waiklele (Ran 303.62 mi. total for 2021) and 54th strength training – 200 crunches and 200 push-ups at home in Waikele. ‍♂️

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My Horror Pilot Teleplay Made the Red List for Coverfly and Ranked at 16 for its Horror 1-Hour Television Category.


My Horror Pilot Teleplay Made the Red List for Coverfly and Ranked at 16 for its Horror 1-Hour Television Category.
My Horror Pilot Teleplay Made the Red List for Coverfly and Ranked at 16 for its Horror 1-Hour Television Category.

Logline: Mari, a rookie Honolulu detective is forced to confront her sex addiction when she investigates a mysterious murder that leads her to a cult engaging in bizarre sexual activities that attracts a dark supernatural force that feeds on human souls.

The theme for Eyes to Your Soul is sex addiction and the double standard placed on women for their sexual behavior in comparison to men. This TV show also addresses the challenges women face in male-dominated workplaces. The protagonist is female and Asian.

Grateful to see my horror pilot teleplay, Eyes to Your Soul make Coverfly’s Red List and rank at 16 in its Horror 1-Hour Television category.

My multimedia company and brand is Positive Master @positivemasters https://positivemasters.com

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My TV pilot teleplay, Eyes to Your Soul is a semifinalist for the The Script Lab screenplay competition in collaboration with Coverfly!


My TV pilot teleplay, Eyes to Your Soul is a semifinalist for the The Script Lab screenplay competition in collaboration with Coverfly!

My TV pilot teleplay, Eyes to Your Soul is a semifinalist for the The Script Lab screenplay competition in collaboration with Coverfly! As a result, it made CoverFly’s Red List and ranked #16 for its ranking for 1-hour horror television scripts.

Last year, I pivoted from writing novels to writing screenplays because I can execute several stories a year, and I love the rhythm and pace of it. Plus, my end goal for each story is to produce it into a movie as a writer and producer and hopefully a director if I can get mentored. Positive Masters is my company and brand at https://positivemasters.com

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The compound effect applies to everything we do!


The compound effect applies to everything we do!

The compound effect applies to everything we do! It applies to learning, reading, writing, skills, exercise, relationships, investments, and more. A little hard work every day on your goals add up over time. In a year, you will be a different person from last new year’s day.

Sure, we humans want things immediately. That’s why we give up when things don’t happen right away.

Even brilliant people like Einstein took many years, even decades to reach their goals. There are no shortcuts for audacious goals. Such goals are always difficult.

All great things require perseverance and patience. Your big project will be overwhelming. Therefore, diligently work on one small logical step at a time. Over time, you will put the million pieces of your puzzle together. The picture for your finished puzzle, your vision that turned into reality will look and feel amazing because of the stress, anxiety, and tears you went through.

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I love the creative process!


I love the creative process!

I love the creative process as I work to overcome good problems such as a blank page for my next screenplay or executing ideas on how to overcome obstacles for the start-up ventures I have with my business partners. The struggles are real, but I love the process! 💻

Enjoy your creative process my friends! We can support each other through our struggles.

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For greater focus for your work, raise your computer monitor to eye level or slightly higher and sit straight.


For greater focus for your work, raise your computer monitor to eye level or slightly higher and sit straight.

According to a neuroscientist I follow, we can be more focused on our work if we sit up straight and raise our computer monitors at eye level or slightly above eye level. 💻🖥

I raised my large monitor slightly higher and my laptop is already raised on a stand. 💻🖥 Keep attacking your dreams my friends!!! 😃❤

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9: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Two 1-Hour Pomodoros. Forest Wind Background Noise.


9: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Two 1-Hour Pomodoros. Forest Wind Background Noise.
9: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Two 1-Hour Pomodoros. Forest Wind Background Noise.
9: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Two 1-Hour Pomodoros. Forest Wind Background Noise.

Welcome to Positive Masters where we develop our mindset and passion projects. 

In this video, let’s study and work together for two 1-hour Pomodoros (study and work sessions). Be sure to make your work space your happy place with technology that increases your productivity, a comfortable chair and desk, and trinkets and lights that brighten your mood. 

For this study and work with me video, we have forest wind to make you feel like you’re in the middle of a forest. Imagine yourself working at a table on the porch of a cabin in the mountains or at a picnic table in a park surrounded by trees and cool breeze. Aaahhhh. 

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 

0:50 First 1-Hour Pomodoro (Study and Work Session) 

1:00:53 15-Minute Break 

1:16:03 Second 1-Hour Pomodoro (Study and Work Session) 

2:16:07 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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7: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Rain Background Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.


7: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Rain Background Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.
7: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Rain Background Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.
7: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Rain Background Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.

In this video, let’s study and work together for two 45-minute Pomodoros (study and work sessions). Don’t you love getting cozy and working on your passion projects on those rainy days? Well, in this study and work session, we have rain for you.

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

0:44 First 45-Minute Pomodoro (Study and Work Session)

45:47 15-Minute Break

1:00:57 Second 45-Minute Pomodoro (Study and Work Session)

1:46:00 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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5: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Flowing Stream Sound. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.


5: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Flowing Stream Sound. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
5: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Flowing Stream Sound. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.
5: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Flowing Stream Sound. Three 45-Minute Pomodoros.

In this Youtube video, let’s study and work together for three 45-minute Pomodoros (study and work sessions). The background sound for this study and work video is a beautiful flowing stream.

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

0:48 First 45-Minute Pomodoro (Study and Work Session)

45:50 First 15-Minute Break

1:01:01 Second 45-Minute Pomodoro (Study and Work Session)

1:46:03 Second 15-Minute Break 2:01:13

Third 45-Minute Pomodoro (Study and Work Session)

2:46:16 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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4: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Lapping Water Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.


4: Positive Masters - Study & Work with Me. Lapping Water Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.
4: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Lapping Water Noise. Two 45-Minute Pomodoros.
4: Positive Masters – Study & Work with Me. Lapping Water Noise. 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!

For sound, I chose lapping water. The sound of water has always been calming for me. I hope you enjoy it as well.

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

0:26 First Pomodoro – Study or Work Session

45:54 Break for 15 Minutes

1:09:44 Second Pomodoro – Study or Work Session

1:45:42 Outro and Information About Positive Masters

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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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Nezuko from the anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba


This past week I started watching Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, an anime about a boy Tanjiro who begins his quest to fight demons after a demon slaughters his family and turns his sister Nezuko into one.

Pictured on my computer screens is Nezuko to inspire me to keep writing my screenplay and novels on top of my legal and business work. So far I’ve written 3 spec screenplays (sci-fi and fantasy, competition and lifestyle, and erotic thriller), and 2 unpublished novels (paranormal thriller and historical action and adventure).

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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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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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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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Creativity makes me feel happy and free!


Creativity makes me feel happy and free!
Creativity makes me feel happy and free!

Creativity is the best place to be for my mindset and mental health. It makes me feel happy and free!

Our Positive Masters Dream Cloud Mantra Unisex T-Shirt is a great way to motivate you every day to take time to be creative in your passion projects! These t-shirts make great gifts for your loved ones who are striving for their dreams! You can purchase these shirts here: Dream Cloud Mantra Dark Unisex T-Shirts

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For a boost of positivity in your life, keep in touch with your positive friends and family.


For a boost of positivity in your life, keep in touch with your positive friends and family.
For a boost of positivity in your life, keep in touch with your positive friends and family. Video conference with my friends via Zoom.

Zoom video conference with my friends: Scott and Maki Imaye; Scott and Tricia Murakami; Ryan and Jodie Sanada; and Grant, Elle, and Ethan Karamatsu on Friday, October 23, 2020. I’m super grateful for my loved ones and technology. For a boost of positivity in your life, keep in touch with your positive friends and family.

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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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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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My memories of you may fade, but my feelings for you remain forever.


My memories of you may fade, but my feelings for you remain forever.
My memories of you may fade, but my feelings for you remain forever.

My memories of you may fade,
but my feelings for you remain forever.
– Positive Masters, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/3/2020 –

I came up with this heartwarming quote while I was writing my first full-length screenplay in the lifestyle + competition genre that took me about 30 days to complete. I really like the process of writing a screenplay, which moves much faster and is much shorter than novels. Screenplays are a blueprint for the actors and directors to execute on to make a movie. For my unpublished novels, it took me between 4 years to 8 years to complete, so I really feel happy to be able to finish writing a screenplay within a month. I can pump out a lot more stories in this type of writing form. I love writing because it stretches my imagination and it’s very therapeutic.

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.

Wishing you good health and happiness!

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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In the future, we’ll be offering online courses to strengthen your mindset using psychology, philosophy, mindset practices, and lifestyle practices. We’ll also have online courses to help you turn your passion project into your passion business using legal documents, government programs, and business tools.

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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!

Feel free to subscribe to our Positive Masters Youtube Channel and our podcast on your favorite podcast platform!

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Stay tuned, in the future, we will be offering online courses to strengthen your mindset and to turn your passion project into your passion business using legal documents, government programs, and business tools.

Thank you!

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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!

Feel free to like and subscribe to our Positive Masters Youtube Channel and our podcast on your favorite podcast platform.

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.

In the future, we’ll be offering online courses to strengthen your mindset by using psychology, philosophy, mindset practices, and lifestyle practices. We’ll also have online courses to help you turn your passion project into your passion business by using legal documents, government programs, and business tools.

Thank you!

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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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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. In the future, we’ll be offering online courses to strengthen your mindset by using psychology, philosophy, mindset practices, and lifestyle practices.

We’ll also have online courses to help you turn your passion project into your passion business by using legal documents, government programs, and business tools.

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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.

Feel free to like and subscribe to our Positive Masters Youtube Channel.

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.

In the future, we’ll be offering online courses to strengthen your mindset by using psychology, philosophy, mindset practices, and lifestyle practices. We’ll also have online courses to help you turn your passion project into your passion business by using legal documents, government programs, and business tools.

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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!

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.

In the future, we’ll be offering online courses to strengthen your mindset by using psychology, philosophy, mindset practices, and lifestyle practices. We’ll also have online courses to help you turn your passion project into your passion business by using legal documents, government programs, and business tools. ❤️

 

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Sharing a part of me with you is my medicine.


Sharing a part of me with you is my medicine.

Sharing a part of me with you is my medicine.

Sharing a part of me with you is my medicine.

It’s better than pushing myself to oblivion.

There’s no meaning when you don’t care.

So I write my purpose over and over with despair.

Everything I was comfortable with is spinning out of sight.

Maybe this is my last fight.

– Poem, Positive Masters, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 6/27/2020 –

I dedicate this poem to you if you’re feeling anxious or depressed or are helping a loved one who is. Talking to someone who can understand you can be very beneficial. Psychotherapy or talk therapy can boost you up. ❤

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Stay tuned, in the future, we will be offering online courses to strengthen your mindset and to turn your passion project into your passion business using legal documents, government programs, and business tools. 😊❤

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Campaigning for Will Espero who is running for Honolulu City Council during the 2020 elections.


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This afternoon I sign-waved for my friend and colleague from the Hawaii State Legislature, Senator Will Espero​ who is running for Honolulu City Council in the 2020 elections to represent Ewa, Waipahu, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Waikele, Waipio, and Mililiani in Oahu, Hawaii.
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No matter what time, no matter what place, my deepest love for you can always be retraced.


No matter what time, no matter what place, my deepest love for you can always be retraced.

No matter what time, no matter what place, my deepest love for you can always be retraced.

No matter what time, no matter what place,
my deepest love for you can always be retraced.

The outline of your bare body glowed in the dim light.
It was as if you and I had one final night.
I understood that nothing is immune from being replaced.
So I held you tightly to let you know that that will never be the case.
No matter what time, no matter what place,
my deepest love for you can always be retraced.

– poem, Positive Masters, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 6/18/2020 –

Enjoy the +positive masters+ universe at www.positivemasters.com for mindset and business practices, motivational podcasts 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.

Stay tuned, in the future, we will be offering online courses to strengthen your mindset and to turn your passion project into your passion business using legal documents, government programs, and business tools. 😊❤

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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.

Pour your favorite hot beverage into our Positive Masters’ Spilled Pink Milk Logo Mug to launch your day forward with positivity! This mug is available for purchase here: Spilled Pink Milk Logo Mugs

Experience more of the +positive masters+ universe @ www.positivemasters.com for mindset practices, motivational writing, business development strategies, & inspirational apparel to boost your happiness & counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger that you may be facing. Stay tuned, in the future, we’ll be offering courses to strengthen your mindset to boost your happiness & courses to turn your passion project into your passion business using legal documents, government programs, & business tools to increase your joy & purpose.

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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.

The full podcast is available for your enjoyment at Positive Masters Show, our Positive Masters Youtube Channel, and on all major podcast platforms.

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

Enjoy the +positive masters+ universe at http://www.positivemasters.com for mindset practices, motivational writing, business development strategies, and inspirational apparel to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger you may be facing.

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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