Welcome to the Project: Strong “Black Belt Mindset Challenge!”
“You have power over your mind – not outside events.
Realize this and you will find strength.”
– Marcus Aurelius
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
The Project: Strong Black Belt Mindset Challenge
1. A set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determines one’s behavior, outlook, and mental attitude.
How the challenge works:
1. Complete the three “Mind. Body. World.” challenges over the next six weeks. These challenges are listed below.
2. What is a Black Belt Mindset? A Black Belt Mindset is an attitude of optimism and opportunity. A Black Belt Mindset sees possibilities in challenges and growth through adversity. A Black Belt Mindset is flexible, adaptable, and knows that effort is required for improvements. For this part of the challenge the first part is for everyone, and the second part is for the adults.
- Change the words “have to” to “get to”. For example – instead of saying “I have to do my homework” try using “I get to do my homework.” Instead of saying “I have to go to work” try saying “I get to go to work.” Notice what impact this change in words has on you and your attitude about the activity that you get to do.
- For the adults, we highly recommend the book, “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday. In it you will find invaluable information with regards to adopting a Black Belt Mindset.
3. Reflection. At the end of the challenge, document (written or video) what you learned, and experienced, through the Black Belt Mindset Challenge.
4. Turn in the Reflection portion of the challenge (#3 above) by Monday, April 2, 2018. By completing the challenge you will become one of the first to earn a Project: Strong patch and officially be part of the Team. As a part of the Team you will have special opportunities throughout the year to participate in workshops, social events, special classes, and more!
Mind. Body. World. Challenges
Mind: Choose your attitude. Notice how your attitude affects…well just about everything! Notice how in any given situation you could possibly reframe your attitude to one that is beneficial. For example. – Waiting in a long line at the store? Feeling frustrated? Instead try looking at it as an opportunity to practice your patience. Your brother or sister say something to you that you didn’t like? Feel like you are getting angry and want to say something mean back to them? Instead, try looking at it as an opportunity to practice your self control and courtesy by expressing how you feel without saying something mean back to them. When we realize we are capable of choosing our attitudes, we will find a whole new level of a Black Belt Mindset!
Body: Incorporate movement throughout your daily life! Find moments during the day to knock out some push ups, hit a few plank holds, or balance on one foot. About to go on an electronic device? Do a few squats first. Think about active alternatives to some of your go to sedentary down time activities. Reaching for your phone, tablet, etc..? How about reaching for your toes, or at least do your best and get a good stretch, first? How many ways can you find to add movement into your daily life?
World: Perform three random acts of kindness during this challenge. With what mindset did you approach these acts? How did your mindset shape your view of your actions?