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Part III: Time is On Your Side

Part III: Time is On Your Side

This Part 3 of a 3 part series. Click here for Part 1: “It’s your nature to be powerful!” and here for Part 2:“You are more disciplined than
you think.”

One time when I was training with the incredible Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, the conversation turned to the changing mindset of the modern student.

Master Yang, in his inimitable humorous style said:

“Everyone wants to be a Jedi Knight in two weeks…Takes longer than two weeks to be a Jedi Knight!”

Hell – isn’t that the way for nearly everyone and everything today? We live in a McDonald’s age of expectations. We want everything now; and it better be fast, hot and delicious!

Anyone can gain some measure of power quickly through force, fear, coercion or deception. It takes time to generate authentic, sustainable power.


All of this takes Time. Power isn’t just a flash of enlightenment and bam, instant success! Generating power is a continual process of self-perfection and self-improvement, which takes time.

How much time does it take to develop power? How much time do you have?

The fact is, this process never stops; it just repeats. You usually start with motivation; motivation starts to wane and discipline takes over; keep going over time and you start enjoying some success, which in turn generates more motivation. Keep this process going over time and you will find yourself moving closer to your goals. Or, you might find that you’ve discovered some new goals and adventures that you never imagined when you started!

Authentic power is the result of your investment in continual self-improvement. It takes time to develop powerful, effective, efficient technique. It takes continual practice to assure that your power is available when you need it most.

How much time you’re willing to invest determines the level of power you will develop. The more attention you pay to continual personal development, the more adept you become at effective and efficient application of that power. The more facile you are the better you can implement, innovate and create.

Power is your ability or capacity to perform or act effectively. The one thing you can always control in your life is the ability to cultivate power. You can expand your ability, or capacity, to perform or act effectively at any time in any place. You don’t need money, knowledge, or fame to increase power. Expanding your resources is part of developing power. So, you can start with little or nothing and take one simple step and become more powerful.

Take your first step – or your next step right now. Then just keep on walkin’!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
~ Lao Tzu

“The rest of the journey is made up of a whole lot of single steps!”
~ Jim Bouchard

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Martial arts transformed Jim’s self-perception from former drug abuser and failure to successful entrepreneur and Black Belt. As a speaker and author of Amazon bestseller Think Like a Black Belt, Jim tours nationally presenting his philosophy of Black Belt Mindset for corporate and conference audiences. He’s a regular guest on TV and radio programs including FOX News, BBC Worldview and FOX Across America.

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