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Dynamic Components of Personal Power (Book Excerpt) by Jim BouchardKnown as "America's Black Belt Powervator" Jim Bouchard's book "Dynamic Components of Personal Power," has received critical acclaim the world over. Leveraging his experiences as a martial arts expert (he has commonly been referred to as "The Karate Guy"), teacher, philosopher and entrepreneur, this segment of the PI Window on Business Professional Development Series will stimulate, motivate and even entertain you as Jim shares his insights from his 20 year quest for what he refers to as "the keys to personal and professional success." Link to Live interview with Jim Bouchard (June 16, 2009): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Jon-Hansen/2009/06/16/Think-Like-A-Black-Belt-Building-Power-in-your-Personal-and-Professional-Life
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  • 1. First Edition 2007San Chi Publishing Brunswick, Maine

2. The Dynamic Components of Personal Power by Jim Bouchard Published and distributed in the United States by San Chi Publishing 10 Jordan Avenue, Brunswick, Maine, USA www.SanChi.biz Linda Pritchard, EditorAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the author, other than fair use as brief quotations embodied in articles and reviews.First Edition 2007 Printed in the United States of AmericaCopyright 2007 by Jim BouchardISBN Softcover edition: 978-0-6151-5916-4Library of Congress Control Number: 2007906116 3. Top notch speaker, motivator, and educator rolled into one! I have worked with Jim over the past three months and by far, what he has to offer to my clients, has been exceptional.Jim's four-part workshops on creating and maintaining personal power, culminating with developing an entrepreneurial edge, have been some of the best attended, highest rated workshops over the past two-years!Jim doesn't just "give people information," he motivates them to use the information given and make themselves and those around them better! I highly recommend Jim to anyone that wants to grow their employee base and or motivate themselves to reach the next level.Steve Wallace Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce and Director of Brunswick Naval Air Station BRAC Transition TeamThank you for the outstanding program you provided to Oakhurst Dairy on Respect in the Workplace. Both our executive and middle management level staff members enjoyed it so much we now wish to invite you to present both segments of the program to all our employees this springYou have my sincere gratitude for a job well done as indicated by the very complimentary evaluations you received. We now have a new Code of Ethics and Respect that went into place earlier this week. Much of the credit for this new document come as a direct result of all the discussion in the senior leadership team meeting following your program.Thanks again, Jim. Simple, yet excellent. That's how we describe your program! Joe HyattVice-President, Human ResourcesOakhurst DairyI want to sincerely thank you for the time you spent with usyour presentation was just what was needed. I compliment you on the content and the method you presented your message on Dynamic Components of Personal Power. ...selfishly more importantly the philosophy you presented of connecting discipline, time, spirit/health, focus, balance, and motivation in triangles with their interdependency helps give a visual structure to what you practice and teach.The Alion staff...gained invaluable insight as to how ones spirit/heart affects development of healthy living; how strong spirit and mind leads to strong bodies, which in turn leads to a greater sense of confidence. Having our heart in the right state will create a positive outlook (mind) of ones situation, which will help the body in developing good heath habits. All of which make the person a better contributor to their family, their co-workers and employer and their community in general.Lee Fournier Assistant Vice-President, Division Manager Alion Science & Technology 4. Introduction I make two promises to all my martial arts students, and only two, assuming youre willing to do what it takes to make it to Black Belt. First, within the scope of your talents and abilities, you can do anything you want to do with your life. Second, youll learn how to recognize and develop your talents and abilities. To a martial artist, the Black Belt is the ultimate symbol of success. Martial arts practice is about the development and application of power. Ive learned that all success starts with personal power, whether youre a martial artist or not! Dynamic Components of Personal Power takes the transformational power of the Black Belt out of the dojo and into real life. You can develop Black Belt Power to create success in your personal and professional life. You dont need to be a martial artist to make this philosophy work; you need to understand how to develop and apply power, then you need to embrace the hard work necessary to earn your Black Belt in the Art of Success. Success is simple. Its not easy.All you need to do to succeed in life is develop personal power by working hard and staying positive. Keep doing this over time. Then, apply your personal power to achieve anything you want. Its really that simple! Now, why isnt it easy?Achievement is based on action. To succeed, you must develop a positive attitude; but positive attitude alone accomplishes nothing. Many people try get-rich-quick programs that promote success solely as an exercise in mind over matter; but theres no reward without effort. Fewer people will roll up their sleeves and tackle the hard work necessary to 1 5. Dynamic Components of Personal Power develop personal power. Even fewer people will convert that power to action. Successful people do the work, despite failures and setbacks, to sustain the effort necessary to succeed. How do I create success through personal power? Only action produces results!The Dynamic Components of Personal Power is, above all, an action philosophy. There are plenty of systems and teachers to help you become healthy, wealthy and wise. Any system you choose will work when you apply the ideas contained in Dynamic Components of Personal Power. In fact, every effective success system utilizes these components. Ive organized these principles and arranged them in diagrams to help me remember and visualize the components, and to help me put them to work in my personal and professional life. The intention of this book is to share these ideas with you.Before we start Im going to ask you to accept, or at least keep an open mind about, a few basic ideas that make up the core of Dynamic Components. Im not asking you to trust me or blindly accept what Im saying; most of you dont even know me. Test these ideas in your own life. I can tell you that every time I meet and talk with a successful person I find that theyre using most, and usually all, of the Dynamic Components. I know the components work because I constantly test them in my own personal and professional life.I developed the Dynamic Components through my experience as a student, and later, as an instructor of martial arts. At the core, martial arts are about the development and application of power. The components we use to generate power in the dojo (martial arts training hall) are the same components that generate power in personal and professional life. In fact, much of the popularity of martial arts today is a result of people searching for personal development tools. The practice of martial arts is one of the most powerful tools for 2 6. Introduction personal development. The mission of Dynamic Components is to translate these tools to real life.There is plenty of everything youll need to become powerful. Nature supplies power in infinite quantity. All you need to do is tap into a small part of this great abundance of power to live a powerful, productive, happy and successful life.My generation was sold a pack of lies. Ill cover the biggest of these lies in the first chapter. We were taught that it was somehow nobler to embrace poverty and weakness than to become wealthy and powerful. Popular belief held that the rich were crooks, and that only those who rejected material wealth were the ones who really served humanity. I believed most of these lies for much of my life. I was wrong and those who propagated these lies were wrong.As I develop my personal power, I become a greater resource to those around me. Ive discovered that the best thing I can do for others is to constantly improve myself. The best way to get everything you want is to give everything youve got. Find out exactly what it is that you have to give. Most teachers would call this your voice. Whats yours?Genuinely wealthy people attain wealth through giving, not taking. Please spend some time thinking about this concept; it works in material, emotional and spiritual life. Takers deplete resources quickly. Givers gain access to unlimited resources.What do you have to offer? It can be big or small, grand or subtle; it doesnt matter. Your contribution is unique, and the surest way to change the world is to simply express yourself in your little corner. When you find whatever it is you have to give to the world that makes you feel good, you increase the power of the entire universe.3 7. Dynamic Components of Personal Power Every one of us has the capacity to develop and cultivate nearly limitless personal power. Ive been searching for success and happiness all my life. I now accept that I will continue this search for the rest of my life. Ive discovered that the reason Im alive is to find success and happiness. It took me more than thirty years to understand what Im going to share with you in this book.I am fully engaged in the never ending process of developing personal power. I am fully engaged in the never ending process of self perfection.Want to take this journey with me? I cant promise you it will be easy; but if you put the Dynamic Components to work, I can promise you will succeed! 4 8. Top 5 Lies About PowerLIE #1: POWER CORRUPTSBullshit! Power does not have a mind. Power is not capable of thinking or choice. Power is simply your capacity to achieve your goals and fulfill your desires. If your goals and desires are centered on positive values, youll produce goodness and abundance and youll be able to share this abundance with others. If youre a rotten person, then youll probably use your power to take what you want regardless of the effect on the people around you and the planet you share with them. Whether youre a good person or a rotten per

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