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Re-posted in part from THINKLikeaBLACKBELT.org…

By Jim Bouchard

It’s simple, albeit not easy, to raise confident kids.

  • Choose your words carefully
  • Be a good example
  • Encourage
  • Provide challenging opportunities for growth
  • Support them in success and failure

Young Couple with Two Children (8-12) Walking on the BeachI’ve been working with kids for nearly 30 years and I can tell you that if you do those 5 things, your kid has a pretty good chance of growing into a confident and competent adult.

As I said; it’s simple, not easy!

It’s not easy particularly because you can do permanent damage to a child’s self-confidence if you’re not careful of the words you use and the example you provide.

Here are 8 things you must NEVER do if you want to raise confident kids…


Jim Bouchard is the founder of Northern Chi Martial Arts Centers and Master Instructor in Residence at our Brunswick, Maine Center.

Through martial arts, Jim Bouchard transformed himself from dropout, 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.

Learn more about Jim at JimBouchard.org and THINKLikeaBLACKBELT.org!

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Here is a Special Post from Master Jim’s THINK Like a BLACK BELT blog on how best to help your children cope with the school shootings in Connecticut today…



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Portland Press Herald headline: Maine crime sees greatest jump since 1975

The biggest spike in crime in more than 35 years- and many of you thought it couldn’t happen here!

From the article by Kelly Bouchard:

Public Safety Commissioner John Morris said every crime category went up last year, except a slight decrease in robberies, according to a news release.
“Drugs are the main reason for the increase as addicts commit crimes to feed their habits,” Morris said. “Prescription drug abuse is responsible for much of the state’s drug problem. Although Maine continues to be one of the safest states in the country, the crime numbers are troubling.”

Troubling to say the least.

A criminal drug addict is a very focused individual. He is obsessed with one thing and one thing only- the next fix. If you just left the ATM with newly minted 20 dollar bills, or your medicine cabinet is stocked with Oxcycontin from your back surgery you are a likely target of violent crime. You are either in the way of or the source of the junky’s next high.

Both aggravated assaults and simple assaults increased in 2011. Aggravated assaults, which involve serious injury and usually a weapon, increased by 16.3 percent (884 cases in 2011 vs. 760 cases in 2010). Simple assaults increased by 15.3 percent (12,200 cases reported in 2011 vs. 10,581 simple assaults for 2010).

This is a significant increase. It’s time to pay attention. What can you do about it?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In personal defense, this means learning the signs of an impending attack and becoming aware of habits that make you a likely target. Avoiding an attack is vastly preferable to a physical encounter, particularly with a singularly motivated and possibly psychotic drug addict.

Do you:

  • Walk around with your cell phone glued to your head?
  • Wear earphones while walking or jogging?
  • Look down when walking?
  • Park in dimly lit or unlighted spaces?
  • Leave your doors and windows open at home?
  • Use open-air ATM machines?
  • Count your money in public?
  • Post your illnesses or injuries on Facebook?
  • Post your vacations on Facebook?
  • Tag yourself out of the house on Twitter and Foursquare?

Any of these habits can make you an attractive target. In our two-hour intensive we cover what you should and should not be doing to avoid a potential threat. We teach you how to recognize impending danger and how best to avoid physical confrontation. We teach intuitive, practical and easy-to-learn tactics in case you exhaust all options and have to fight.

Of course many people in Maine live in rural areas and feel that “it just can’t happen to them.” Crime is up in the country as well as in town…

Crime in the rural areas increased 3.5 percent in 2011, while crime in the cities and towns increased by 6 percent.

We don’t want you to be paranoid. We want you to be AWARE. While anyone can be a target of violent crime, it’s much easier to avoid an assault than to have to fight your way out of it.

Spaces EXTREMELY limited to provide full attention to all participants…Click here to register TODAY!

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By Jim Bouchard

From TakePart.com…

“A Florida high school student made a stand against bullying and is now in the hot seat with school officials. For months, 18-year-old Stormy Rich witnessed a girl with special needs being bullied by her peers on the way to school. “They would be mean to her, tell her she couldn’t sit on certain spots on the bus…just because she doesn’t understand doesn’t mean that should be happening to her,” Rich told WOFL-TV.”

Hero, or just another round of bullying? Was she right to stand up and stop the abuse, or do you believe that two wrongs don’t make a right?

I say Stormy is a hero. She acted with moral and physical courage to stand up for that other student. Since when is telling someone who is perpetrating an act of agression to stand down considered bullying as well?

The world in this school district has definitely shifted off-access. More from the TakePart.com article:

“Rich says she reported the incidents to the bus driver and school officials. When they didn’t take action, she stepped in and confronted the bullies; but instead of being praised for her efforts, Rich ended up being labeled as a bully, and her bus-riding privileges were revoked. A spokesperson for the school district said, “Two wrongs don’t make a right” and that the girl with special needs never complained about being bullied.”

Even if Stormy was forceful and aggressive in her own right, responding to an act of violence with aggression is not an act of violence. Since bullying involves a disparity of power, there is no way that Stormy, acting alone against several other students, could be considered to be abusing a disparity of power and therefore she cannot be considered a bully.

As for the school’s assertions that the special needs child never complained about the bullying, that is simply the worst justification for their actions imaginable. Granted- it’s difficult to handle abuse when none is reported by the target. However, it is all too typical in these scenarios that the target will not report the incident or speak out against the perpetrators. The target may feel that doing so simply makes the situation worse, particularly when no action is taken against the bullies. She may also have feared retribution from her tormentors.

No matter- Stormy reported the incidents…several of them. The school chose inaction; she chose action.

It is not right to stand by and watch others abused and bullied at school, in the workplace or in the community. It’s not always appropriate to intervene physically, and it’s not generally your obligation to do so. At the very least you should report the incident. I just did a post on the THINK Like a BLACK BELT blog contrasting an act of courage in the recent Seattle coffee shop shooting with an act of brazen cowardice as a man recorded video of an assault on a Philadelphia police officer. He recorded his video on a phone he should have been using to dial 9-1-1. (Read the post “Courage vs. Cowardice” here.)

Too many people sit on the sidelines instead of confronting aggression, bullying and abuse. Too many parents train their kids not to get involved.

Stormy Rich is a hero.

Read the entire post by Jennie Inglee on TakePart.com here…

What do you think? Was Stormy a hero or did she just add to the cycle of bullying? Add your comments…

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The troubling rise in campus violence and crime continues. Are you sending your children to college this fall? Send them prepared.

Most college assaults can be avoided. AWARE focuses on reducing the likelihood of an attack by being in tune with one’s environment and learning to recognize danger before a physical encounter is unavoidable.

This is NOT a martial arts class and it’s NOT your typical self-defense class. AWARE is an intuitive response approach to personal safety that emphasizes avoidance rather than engagement. Should you be unable to avoid a physical assault, you’ll learn practical, natural physical techniques that work…whether you’re a trained martial artist or not.

While this session will emphasize the transition to college or an urban environment, this seminar is also perfect for business professionals and travelers who want to be safe away from home.

Follow this link to register. Save $25 on early registrations: Enter the discount code: EARLY 25

For more information call 721-0299…

Save $25…Enter discount code: EARLY 25 when you register NOW!

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Valentine's Day Love Like a Black Belt dating books relationshipsFrom the Love Like a Black Belt blog…

Times are tough. For many the thought of spending a lot of money on Valentine’s Day can add pressure you certainly don’t need. The good news is you don’t need a lot of money to create a nice Valentine’s Day for your sweetheart.

As martial artists we spend a great deal of time learning, practicing and perfecting techniques. Granted, those techniques are usually focused on causing pain and injury rather than expressing love and gratitude, but as I always say, the process is what’s important!

Throughout my adventurous and colorful life, I’ve had many opportunities to practice and perfect techniques for crafting memorable moments with the barest of resources and during times of great challenge and adversity. Today I share some of these techniques with you…


Watch for the upcoming release of the new book: LOVE Like a BLACK BELT co-authored by Dr. Jackie Black and Jim Bouchard!

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My first three books were actually a series of martial arts instruction manuals for my students. These books contain all the techniques and process student’s need to go from beginner to Black Belt at my martial arts center.

Now, imagine signing up for my karate program only to have an instructor tell you, “Read these books; then when you think you’re ready we’ll schedule your Black Belt test!”

What would you say? I assume you’d turn right around and walk out the door; yet in the business world managers and executive take this approach every single day.

As I said, those manuals contain all the knowledge and functional information you need to get to Black Belt. The problem is that whether you want a Black Belt or success in your business, you need the discipline, focus, confidence and perseverance to apply that knowledge and information to achieve the results you’re looking for.

Without proper training, expert instruction and continual development in those areas, all that knowledge and information may as well be printed on a roll of toilet paper in your staff wash room. In martial arts, knowledge is always secondary to training…particularly training the mind to embrace the rigors of the rest of the training process.

Have you ever attempted to install a new process or procedure only to find that implementation falls flat and results, if any, are negligent? If so, you’re not alone. Most people in business have had this experience at one time or another; not for lacking in good intentions but simply because in their enthusiasm they overlooked a very important fact:

“Without the proper mindset, no process is effective.”

Mindset is the foundation for all effective execution, in the dojo, in your sales force, your production line or in your C-suite. You can train your people in any process, but that process only works when your employees and managers have the discipline, focus, confidence and commitment to excellence that transforms that process into tangible results; ultimately your bottom line.

This process never ends. The Black Belt is not the end of the trip for martial artists; it’s an important milestone in the process of continual personal development and self-perfection. Mindset characteristics are never fully developed; the real challenge in life and in business is to embrace this process and commit to never-ending learning, training and improvement.

Professor Nick Cireo continues to have a profound effect on my philosophy and mindset. One of America’s martial arts pioneers, the Professor taught that the achievement of a Black Belt is most of all, the development of a strong learning attitude. Achieve a Black Belt and you develop the mindset qualities you can apply to learn and master any skill.

How valuable would that mindset be in your organization? If you’ve already got Black Belt Mindset, what are you doing to share and imprint that mindset on everyone in your company?

Discipline, focus and confidence are skills that can be learned, developed and applied by anyone willing to make the commitment. The continual development of these characteristics requires the commitment of the individual and the organization.

Before you install any process, make sure the people working within that process have the mindset characteristics necessary for success. If they don’t; train them in mindset first. If they do; train them to even deeper levels!

“Perfection is not a destination; it’s a never-ending process.”

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