Tag: Dr. Reggie Cochran

So, living in abundance is bad?

So, living in abundance is bad?

Says who? The bible gets twisted a lot! It how “religious laws” get developed. We’ve all played a game where one person tells a second person a secret and then that person tells it to a 3rd person and it goes on to every person in the game. By the time that secret goes through everyone in the game, the secret is not at all what has happened from the original secret. Here is a twist on this: 1 Timothy chapter 6 verse 10. It has been twised from the original text and it has been twisted and some people have decided that walking in abundance is a bad thing. I want to challenge that today.

1 Timothy chapter 6 verse 10 says in the New International Version “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Some people have interpreted this to mean that money is bad and having too much is a bad thing.

But, look at what this same verse says in the Amplified version of the bible: “For the love of money [that is, the greedy desire for it and the willingness to gain it unethically] is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves [through and through] with many sorrows.”  I think this gives a different twist to this same passage.

If someone has a lot of money they have choices to make. They can love the money and having it and essentially be a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge or they can be like Reggie Cochran and be among the most giving people. I can easily replace Reggie’s name with Tony & Sarah Zolecki, Rick & Michelle Teague, John & Nadya Melton, Justin Prince, Gena Norris, Dr. Ted Gambordella or several other friends I have.

What makes them different? And why are they walking in abundance? What makes them different from people who are rich but give a bad “taste in other’s mouths” when it comes to money?

The people I’ve got who are friends who literally walk in abundance gained their abundance ethically. They did it by working smart and following biblical principles. If you want to walk in abundance, I encourage you to see what the bible says about money and by doing it. Here is a list to start with:

  • Seek God first (Matthew 6:33, 2 Chronicles 31:20-21, Psalm 1:1-3)
  • Dwell in His presence which means you must trust Him (Psalm 16:11, James 1:5-7, Matthew 6: 31-33, Psalm 37: 3-5, 11)
  • Realize that the devil is the thief and he came to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10)
  • Realize if you have Jesus and the Holy Spirit, you are a child of God and have all the rights and privileges of being a child of God, that includes abundance. (John 1:12)
  • Be a giver. (Luke 6:38 and Malachi 3:10-12, Proverbs 10:22, Proverbs 3:9-10, Deuteronomy 8:17-18, Proverbs 11:25, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
  • Realize that God gives good things. (James 1:17)
  • Be diligent (Deuteronomy 28:1-2, Proverbs 13:4)
  • Seek righteousness (Psalm 37:25-26, Proverbs 8:18-21)
  • Keep His commandments which means to walk in His ways. (Psalm 23:1, 1 Kings 2:3, Psalm 84:11-12, Leviticus 26:3-5)

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Who are you surrounded with?

Who are you surrounded with?

1 Corinthians 15:33 says that “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Recently I learned that this is true via the internet. But here’s some positive news: You can choose to hand out with good company. A lesson I learned years ago is that you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with. I have spent some time talking to some of the best friends I have. Friends like Tony Zolecki, Sarah Zolecki, Rick Teague, Michelle Teague, Justin Prince, and Reggie Cochran. I’ve just recently become friends with Justin, although I have followed him for well over a year.

But what do you do when you realize that someone you talk to a lot is bad company? First, don’t bash that person publicly.  That’s just not good. Second, reach out to your own leaders and get help. Proverbs 19:20-21 says “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Third, follow their advice. And if you need clarification, or confirmation on what you are thinking about doing and whether or not it’s right, ask them for help.

But what do you do if it’s your own leaders you have concerns with? In that situation, first, pray. Second, if it is connected to a company, go to the corporate leaders or someone else who is in leadership. Third, follow their directions. Proverbs 1:7 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” I pray that you make wise decisions and are surrounded by strong leaders.

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Martial Arts POWER!!!!

Martial Arts POWER!!!!

One of the things that martial arts is known for is power. You see the power in the blocks, kicks, and punches. But power is much more than that! Power begins in the mind. You must see in your mind how powerful you want the block, kick or punch to be.

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Mr. Norris with my Sensei, Mr. Brown

Power isn’t always about speed. In fact, to get power at times you must begin slow and develop the speed to have control! This is something I’ve been focusing on this week, and it can be tough! So, what do you do? When I asked Reggie what to do on something I was struggling with in the Chuck Norris System he said this:

“Work on seeing how slooooow you can throw each kick in proper form. It will build strength and balance. And as you feel comfortable with each kick… increase the speed you are throwing them over time. The main thing is the form / mechanics of the kick first. Being able to relax while throwing the kicks. And then adding power to your kicks by adding speed & not trying to muscle them.”

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Dr.  Reggie Cochran with Mr. Chuck Norris

Have you ever noticed how if you do something fast, it leads to a sloppy or bad job at what you are doing? This applies to so many directions in life. But, to slow down, you must think before you act. And as you slow down and get the form correct, then add speed to what you are working on, you will have the speed but you will also be doing it correctly. And as you work on doing this perfectly, you will have the form, speed and power you want.

 

 

 

If you don’t know Jesus and have the power of the Holy Spirit, I invite you to pray this:

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge and confess with my mouth that You are Lord. I believe in my heart that God raised You from the dead. I thank You that I am now saved from my sins and can look forward to spending eternity with you. I ask You to give me the Holy Spirit with the gifts that come with this decision. Help me to develop a mindful mindset and give me victory over everything I battle. In Jesus Name, Amen.

I encourage you to get lessons on how to live this new life by going through these teachings from Kenneth Copeland. 

 

 

 

Martial Arts Spirit & Faith

Martial Arts Spirit & Faith

One of the things I’ve seen in all the Master’s in Martial Arts I’m friends with is what Daniel was described as having in Daniel 6:3. Daniel 6:3 says in part “an excellent spirit was in him.” Daniel was promoted because of this. Daniel was eventually promoted to the 2nd highest in the kingdom of Babylon. This is tangible faith.

Daniel kept his eyes focused on doing what he had been taught to do. He decided to do everything in an excellent way no matter what. That is having an excellent spirit. People today complain so much. They say, “such and such was promoted at work because of favoritism.” And it carries over to every area of their lives. But then I see friends like Justin Harvey who have a Spirit of Excellence. Justin was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2015 and again in 2016. Here’s a link to where he talks about it from 2015.

Special edition the Justin Harvey show USA martial arts Hall of Fame 2015 

I looked at the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary and found that a definition of faith is belief. Faith also means to draw towards anything. What are you being drawn to? I’m being drawn to excel in martial arts, my business, my personal life, in school and anything I set my mind to do. That is having a black belt mindset. The people I have as friends who are masters in martial arts made up their minds before ever reaching black belt that they would excel at it.

Do you have this mentality? Do you have the spirit of faith and of excellence? Women I’m friends and others that I follow in martial arts who excel in action movies have a strong spirit of excellence in them. They constantly train. And it shows in how they talk and carry themselves. They don’t accept for anything less than their personal best. And they are constantly working to improve themselves.

This week I was cleared from my doctor to return to martial arts from a car accident last year. One of the things that I must be able to do is push-ups.  This is something that I have struggled to do my entire life. But then before I was hit by the car last year I decided I was going to beat this and develop myself to be able to do 10 to start with. I learned to do 9 prior to the accident. Then I had to quit for a while. On Wednesday and again on Thursday I began to work on this again. But, it was literally painful!

I have 2 options at this point. One, quit. After all, who would blame me? And this is the mindset many take. “If it’s painful, you shouldn’t do it!” Or you can take the higher road. This is the path that I have decided on. I went to Reggie Cochran for help. He told me what to do. And by following his advice within 6 weeks I’ve already decided that I will be able to do 10 push-ups. I’ve got a regional event in Kansas City with my company on Oct. 20th and 21st. I am going to have one of my leaders help me go live on Facebook as I accomplish this.

In the past couple of days another opportunity to quit has come up. I am returning to school on Sept. 21st. My classes will be on Monday’s and Thursday’s. But here’s my option for quitting: so is my martial arts classes. I can quit. After all, school is important! But here’s my response. Yes, school is important. But, so is martial arts! In fact, to me: martial arts are more important than school to me. So, I will between now and March do classes at a different dojo. It’s all about finding a way, not making an excuse.

We all have choices to make. I encourage you to take the higher way. And if I can help, contact me on Facebook.

 

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Lord Jesus, I acknowledge and confess with my mouth that You are Lord. I believe in my heart that God raised You from the dead. I thank You that I am now saved from my sins and can look forward to spending eternity with you. I ask You to give me the Holy Spirit with the gifts that come with this decision. Help me to develop a winner mindset and give me victory over everything I battle. In Jesus Name, Amen.

I encourage you to get lessons on how to live this new life by going through these teachings from Kenneth Copeland: http://www.kcm.org/believers-academy/topic/foundational-teachings

Why Did I Decide What I Did?

Why Did I Decide What I Did?

I chose martial arts initially because Reggie Cochran suggested it. But what has made me stick with it? In the past few weeks my followers on this blog has increased dramatically, as a result some of you may not know why I do this.

I became friends with Reggie back in 2013. Within 6 or 8 months I was talking to him a lot more. And found out that he was a counselor and on the advice of my doctor began to confide in him a lot more in an effort to get my life going a more positive direction.

He began to teach me how to be a professional in many areas. But he also began to talk to me about how martial arts could help me too. How it would help me develop more confidence. How I would lose weight. Among many other things, including getting me around more positive people.

Last December 13, I was hit by a car and this has forced me to take a leave of absence from martial arts. But during this time, I have also become more determined than ever to reach black belt.

Why black belt? The primary reason is that I want to become successful in this because people have told me I need to quit. A second reason is I am not brave enough to tell my friends such as Andrea Harkins, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, James Wilson, Anita Clay, Marian Kirby, Dr. Ted Gambordella, Gena Norris, Reggie, Dan Ross, Debbie Goodman and MANY others who are world class martial artists. These people are among the ones I have more respect for than anyone.

One of the favorite parts of martial arts is the support I have received from the people I have listed above. All of them, plus others, are the absolute best. There is a reason they are black belts: they earned it, not only in their activities but also in their character. They have incredible character. It’s just amazing!

They are loyal, hardworking, trustworthy, honest, kind, and many other things. Finding a group of friends like this is rare and I consider myself blessed to have them in my life.  If you are looking for a way to improve your life: I highly recommend you consider this. This picture is of a movie that Don “The Dragon” Wilson starred in called The Martial Arts Kid.  It’s one of my all time favorite movies.  His brother, James, is one of the producers.

 

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Vision, Do YOU have sight?

Vision, Do YOU have sight?

Do you have sight? Probably. But, do you have vision? Now that’s a question! Sight is being able to see in the natural. But having vision, that goes much further! One of the things that Reggie Cochran has taught me is how to visualize.

If you can see something in your heart, you can have it. James 1:25 says in the New International Version of the bible “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.” This requires vision, my friend!

When you look intently on something, you will get a vision of it. Think about it this way: if you are walking around your house in the dark, you can do it safely because you know what is where. Even if it is dark. The same idea applies if you want something.

Get a clear picture of what you want. One activity that I do is create a dream board because it helps me get a vision of what I want. Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This is a picture of my first vision board. I’ve done a few more since I did this. And I can tell you: it does help!

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Another thing I do is I daydream. I take some time daily and think about what I want. As I do this I get clear about what I want. As I do this, I develop my vision. Some of what I have envisioned has already become a reality. Such as spending time in Texas going to Kenneth Copeland’s Church called Eagle Mountain International Church, plus spending an extended period with my precious mom in South Carolina. And meeting a friend named Herman White who at the time also lived in South Carolina.

I have many other things that I have envisioned and because I have seen them by visualizing, I know they will happen. What about you? Have you done this? If I can help, reply here or else contact me on Facebook. I’m listed as Malissa Elkins Van Zee. Or you can contact me at my professional page Malissa Carole.

 

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Being QuitProof!

Being QuitProof!

My amazing friend, Tom Jones, is “QuitProof”  I met him through another amazing friend, Dr. Reggie Cochran (who I call “Reg” most of the time). They both exemplify what it means to be Quitproof. These two amazing men don’t quit! This applies to all of my friends who are leaders in martial arts, network marketing, and in school.

Over the weekend I was asked a question that I had a very simple comeback to. “What if reaching black belt wasn’t an option?” My response was “that isn’t an option.” I don’t quit. My response was quick and natural. After that brief conversation, and after thinking about it, I realized that this applies to every area of my life. What makes me any different than you?

I’m not any different! Except that I follow a very simple law in my life from John C. Maxwell: The Law of Victory. This says that anything less than success is unacceptable. And they have no Plan B.  I don’t have a plan b for any of the plans I have. So, success is the only option.

When you decide that success is the only option, you become Quitproof. And quitting doesn’t even enter as a possibility. Jesus said that nothing is impossible. And when you decide that quitting isn’t an option, you will begin to see the impossible become possible.

I’ve not hidden the fact that I am a follower of Christ. Isaiah 55: 10-12 talks about the Law of Victory. Leaders communicate until they see results! I’ve seen this in EVERY leader I know. Both Christians and non-Christians alike. Here’s what it says:

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth, (His word will get results!)
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater, (His Word will furnish tools & resources)

11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (His Word will meet needs)

12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (His Word will satisfy the soul of the hearers)

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is that when you make quitting an option, it gives you a way out. So, simply, don’t give yourself a way out and in doing that you don’t make quitting an option.

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