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Martial arts transformed Jim’s self-perception and helped him realize his true potential. He began to see opportunities instead of disasters. It was a natural step to become a teacher; he’s now been a professional martial artist and instructor for 25 years. Today Jim tours nationally to teach his Black Belt Mindset philosophy for conference and corporate audiences. As of 2010 he is the author of two books: Think Like a Black Belt and Dynamic Components of Personal Power. He regularly appears on radio and TV around the world sharing his message of excellence, discipline, focus and opportunity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: San Chi Publishing (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578057506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578057507
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book for those of us who know what we need to do but aren't doing it.
A case could be made that there is nothing "New" in this book; that would be missing the point. Have you achieved your business and personal goals? If not, there is a blueprint here along with some very direct coaching. Ultimately there is little difference between what is required to achieve a black belt and achieving business and personal success.
Quick story.
The last belt before the black belt is the green belt. Guess what? Before you take the green belt you must commit to seek the black belt. In other words, you can't commit to achieving less than your full potential; you must define your ultimate goal in detail and commit to it or find something else worthy of your commitment.
This book could use some editing and is occasionally repetitious, but the black belt model can take you from where you are to where you want to go-particularly if you have been on the road awhile.
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I was looking for something new on the psychology of maximum performance and I found nothing that would not not be of value to beginners. The bottom line is - "If you can get a black belt, you can probably achieve any reasonable goal." I think the best book out there on cultivating the warrior spirit is "The Warrior's Bible" by Gus Gordon, a scholarly work that will be of value to beginners and professionals alike.
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If you think this book is about martial arts or just for marital artists, you're wrong. It's about applying the principles of martial arts to your life as the most elite martial artists - Black Belts - apply them to their discipline.

In this book, Jim Bouchard shares what he's learned first-hand as a martial artist for nearly 25 years. He takes the concepts he's taught as a Master Instructor and leads you through the process of achieving your Black Belt in your chosen endeavor.

Jim has organized the material in this book so it's simple to follow and digest. There are three major areas, each with three components:

Perfection - excellence, discipline and focus
Confidence - power, perseverance and mastery
Leadership - wisdom, courage and compassion

Throughout the book, Jim shares stories about his experiences that you'll find humorous, touching and inspiring ... in some cases, all at the same time!

When you read Think Like a Black Belt, you'll see quickly that Jim is the real deal. He doesn't pull any punches. He's a master at demonstrating that it's "simple, not easy" to be a big success!
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This is a great book to help those get themselves back on track when they seem to be wondering where their life is and where it might be headed.

It gives "Live in the moment" a little more understanding or explanation.

What I found most useful was the message that just as we are predominately the cause of our setbacks and unhappiness, we can just as easily cause our successes and happiness. When we realize that we don't need other people and can fully learn to rely on ourselves, the world will open up with infinite possibilities.
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Anyone that is interested in creating a better life, in business, personal or all around simply must read this book. It's clear, simple and power-packed with information that will help you get you in the right mindset to succeed.
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Think Like a Black Belt has got to be one of the funniest, most motivating, clever and engaging books I've read in a long time! Jim's philosophy and teachings are very, very powerful! He is honest, witty, to the point, and uses examples from everyday life that will make you laugh and cry! Filled with wisdom and practical advice, Think Like a Blackbelt contains the components of how to be successful in every area of your life, and to change the things that have been holding you back. I loved every page of this book and couldn't put it down. Jim Bouchard has truly created an awe-inspiring gem for anyone in the pursuit of excellence. Filled with both spiritual nuggets and simple to understand and implement, I am confident that you will love this book!
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I got this book half way through my program to get my own martial arts black belt. Life got in the way and I only focused on achieving my actual black belt. How different my life could have been had I read this book upon delivery.
Jim has a very conversational way of writing so it isn't like reading a book! (Thank God!) One chapter is on focus (in the perfection section)-and I DO have a hard time focusing... but this book takes that pain away... I couldn't put it down!!!
The progression of skill sets and mind/heart sets was in a different sequence and differently organized than you may think and looking back-it was more natural. The skills and information built on one another-and you had real reasons as to how and why these applications would work ... I would expect this from some Martial Arts Masters-but not all - Jim just gets it.
You can take your life from complete disrepair to complete success by following the simple, but not easy set of instructions.
I wish all junior high kids had to read this to get them thinking about how to tackle and succeed in life. I know a book like this can really help people who feel helpless, turn lives around that are spiraling downward - but make NO bones about it - this isn't a feel good book that says the universe is going to bring you your dreams - no - you dream it and take action to achieve it. Jim opens his life and his disappointments to the world and shows how he got out.
If you are torn between 2 books..... read this one first....
If you're like me and only read a book once and file it... this is the exception to the rule... I will absolutely read this book at least two more times....
Enjoy!!!
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