One of the first women to become a martial arts grandmaster helps you break through to an awesome life.
Excerpt from “Seven Steps to Inner Power: How to Break Through to Awesome”
* Used with permission
You have the power to transform your life. Martial arts expert Tae Yun Kim has helped thousands of people connect with that inner power, enabling them to attain goals they once thought were far beyond their reach. In her new book, “Seven Steps to Inner Power: How to Break Through to Awesome Life Secrets from a Martial Arts Master” (Mountain Tiger Press), she shares secrets—based on her own experiences and rooted in ancient martial arts tradition—that will allow anyone to break through the barriers blocking their dreams.
Kim’s life story is one of triumphing against the odds. A first-born girl in a culture that viewed her birth as an omen of bad luck, she defied not only her family but also 5,000 years of Korean tradition to begin martial arts training at the age of 7, ultimately becoming one of the highest-ranking martial artists in the world. She truly is a renaissance woman with a wide range of interests in the arts and business. Not only did she create her own martial arts school, but she founded other businesses, including Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, a manufacturer of cleanroom monitoring systems and particle counters.
Kim believes everyone can be successful in any area of life. In her book, she explains the key to taking charge of your life lies in taking charge of your thinking. “How often are our minds somewhere else, thinking, ‘I’ve got to do this or that’ instead of focusing on the task at hand?” she asks. “How often do we dwell on a past event or worry about the future instead of celebrating the beauty of the moment? When our minds are distracted, our energy becomes fragmented in many different directions. When that happens over and over again, we become weak, ineffective, and even paralyzed.”
Kim writes that her seven steps to inner power “are the foundation of the path to finding and expressing the real you—what I call the Silent Master. No matter how that path progresses for you personally, these principles apply to everyone.” They are:
Truth – Truth is the process of self-discovery. “When you want to create change, you must be brave in facing the truth—the truth of your current weaknesses and the truth of your innate strengths—and you must be adventurous in taking charge of your life and implementing that change,” Kim writes. She urges people to think about what stories they tell themselves about why they are “stuck,” and envision how they would look and act if they were free from whatever is limiting them.
Body and mind as one – “If your mind and body are not acting together as one in pursuit of your goals, you will sabotage your efforts,” Kim explains. If you set a goal to run a marathon, but you eat improperly and skip workouts, you won’t attain your aim. If you continually divide body and mind, one or the other will eventually let you know.
Purity – “When we affirm the truth of our original nature and reject foreign, limited concepts about ourselves, we are expressing purity,” Kim contends. This means not holding on to poisonous states of mind like anger, jealousy, frustration, and hurt. Kim emphasizes the importance of daily “cleansing” and explains how to make your daily shower a time for valuable inner work.
Love – Before you can love another, you must first love yourself. When you really love yourself, you do the things that help you maintain and build your energy and life force, not tear them down, Kim says. She suggests greeting every day as if you’re preparing for a date with yourself. Bring your best self to every day of your life.
Loyalty – Loyalty means commitment and dedication to one’s own life. That is, putting your real self forward with confidence, conviction, determination, purpose, power, and love. Loyalty also means sticking with your goals and plans in the long term. One tool the author suggests to remind you to stay loyal to your goals is to “clock” where you are on your personal life journey. “See your life as a 24-hour cycle and imagine what time it is right now for you,” she writes.
Sacrifice – “When you are trying to create a lasting change in your life, old habits and new habits cannot exist side by side,” Kim writes. Sacrifice means giving up those things that are getting in the way of your goals, whether they are habits like drinking too much or negative thoughts that are undermining your sense of self. She advises that when you are facing a sacrifice, you shouldn’t think of it as something you are being forced to give up. Instead, focus on why you want to give it up.
Patience – Patience is the final step in the creative process, Kim argues. It is here that impatient people may backslide and lose the benefits of all their hard work. “Your life is always a work in progress. It takes time for you to grow and mature,” the author writes. She points to the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly as one of the most beautiful symbols of patience.
Throughout the book, Kim provides practical exercises to guide people through their journey to inner power. She also details the mental habits that boost confidence by ending self-defeating ways of thinking, and she shares success stories from many people she has counseled and trained. “Amazing things can happen if you are willing to step outside the lines you draw in your own mind,” Kim proclaims. “Seven Steps to Inner Power” is a compelling guide to fearless living that will enable anyone to rethink what is possible—and to reach for it with gusto.