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Students, and others who know me, often think that my consummately positive state of mind comes naturally.

I have an important confession to make;

my positivity comes neither naturally nor easily, but as a choice and the result of much training

and many important daily decisions.


I have decided to make today’s message as succinct and helpful as possible by simply sharing the things I do that allow me to maintain my positive attitude:


  • The first thing I do as I awaken every morning is thank God that I did, and in advance for a wonderful day.

  • I practice daily gratitude in many ways, including sharing each day on my personal facebook page one of the many things I am specifically grateful for that day.

  • I am selective about my associations. We become like the people we hang around.

  • I feed myself mental superfood daily, in what I read, watch and listen to.

  • I purposefully DO NOT feed myself negative. I minimize my exposure to news, social media and other forces that could have a negative impact on me. I focus one the things that matter and are in my circle of control; I consciously avoid the manipulation of the media.

  • I hold myself accountable for my feelings- when I do catch myself feeling fear, anger, angst or any other less than positive and productive emotion, I correct my thinking immediately. I call myself out and then meditate on the things that I can do to improve the situation.

I share these so you can choose to develop these same positive habits if you’d like to.


These, like all things that make us better, are simple but not easy.

They take some work.

But the results are worth it.




Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo, KMMA


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