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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 13B From success to significance in t?le n,00w yea00 C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS Q: Happy New Year, Chuck! Do you have any New Year's resolutions? Any you'd recommend to others? --"Seeking Self-Improvement" Seattle A: With the induction of the new year, many of us are resolving to better our lives in 2012. That's fantastic! I encourage resolutions, whether you make them now or at any other time of the year. My New Year's challenge, however, is that you think in terms of not only success but also significance. Ken Blanchard, leadership guru and co-author of"The One Minute Manager," said: "Many people measure their success by wealth, recogni- tion, power and status. There's nothing wrong with those, but if that's all you're focused on, you're missing the boat .... Using your time and talent to serve others -- that's when truly meaningful success can come your way." The best-selling book "Half- time," by Bob Buford, is a great resource to help change our game plans from success to significance. According to the Haiftime organization's website, "more than 12,000 people turn 50 each day in America, and a Harvard-Met Life study shows that more than haft of these individuals want more meaning and sig- nificance in the second half." You don't have to war until you turn 50 or reach your halftime to combine the goals of success and signifi- cance. They say you can kill two birds with one stone. That is definitely true if you align your life goals and strategies to be as significant as they are successful. Buford recommends we answer these questions: --What have been the turning points in your life? What elements made them significant? --Are there two or three things vying to put you into a box or limit your life? What can you do to overcome those obstacles? --How would others close to you affirm and explain how God has gifted and likely called you to make a differ- ence in this life and in the lives of others? --What are five to 10 core life goals that could bring significance into your life and others' lives? I, too, am doing my best to follow Buford's advice by specifically shaping the second half of my life for significance. In the first haft of my life, I fought my way (literally) to become a martial arts instruc- tor and six-time undefeated karate world champion, before retiring from fighting in 1974. I then moved over into the world of entertainment, where I starred in 28 motion picture action films. Then, with help from my brother Aaron, I starred in and produced 203 episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger." Though I still dabble in movies (including my part in "The Expendables 2," which comes out in August), I've fashioned the second half of my life for more significance by being an author and columnist (to speak into others' lives) and a philan- thropist (to build up others' lives). I have written seven books and currently am authoring a weekly syndicated culture warrior column, as well as a health and fitness column ("C-Force," which you're reading). Regarding philanthropy, my wife, Gena, and I spearhead our non-profit foundation for children, called Kickstart Kids ( These avenues of aid allow me to address problems in society and help to repair them by my voice, actions and community service. Speaking of significance, there is no greater example of it than those who serve in our military forces. AS a New Year's act of elevating their significance, too, on Jan. 7, I'm premiering a military documentary of my multiple trips to Iraq to encourage the troops. You can acquire tickets by visiting In this next year, Gena and I are committed to making our greatest annual progress in every aspect of our Norris enterprises in order to better others' lives and our country. What about you? How can you better focus your life on significance? And align or realign your goals to enhance others' success and signifi- cance, too? I might not have agreed with all his politics, but I sure agree with John F. Kennedy's focus for our country when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." It's still a quesuon wortny of pondering, especially at the beginning of a year. Happy New Year, friends! Gena and I wish you all the success and significance that you can dream of. Copyr)ght 2011 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn SELF, from page 1B my body had to acclimate. Fortunately it kept getting cooler the further east I went." Continuing eastward he could see the change of seasons occurring. Upon reaching southeast Texas, southern Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida, he said he cycled through very high humidity. "My body had already passed through the crucible of heat in the desert; the other conditions didn't challenge me," Self said. SAG-less through the West During the miles he rode from San Diego to E1 Paso, Texas, Serf had no support and gear (SAG) help. He cycled, pardon the pun, totally self-supported with only a rack on the back of his bike and two saddlebags to meet his needs. He said he was challenged because he didn't always have everything he wanted or the ability to get what he wanted. "As an example I carried three tubes. In my mind I thought if I get a fiat I would use a tube and get a tube in the next town. That doesn't work if the next town has a population of only 1,000 people with no bike shop or place to fix a flat. "I had not counted on the fact that over a three-day period I could get three fiats with no opportunity to replenish my supplies," Self said. "And then it happened on Interstate 10, approxi- mately 14 miles east of Lordsburg, N.M." "There I was with a flat tire, no spare tubes, no way to fix the tire. I had to wait on the mercy of a highway patrol officer to pick me up and take me back to town; this was my first ride ever in a law enforcement vehicle." Dad picks up the pace "My dad, Ralph, had been talking for some time about driving across Texas and at first he was concerned about me being by myself; he wanted to be my SAG all the way across the country," Self said. "Then he asked, 'What if I just meet you in E1 Paso and be your SAG across Texas?'" Self said this was an absolute no-brainer for him. "Having gone through the hot desert, then having someone volunteer to bring you Gatorade and water, it sounds like heaven," he said. Self said as their trip across Texas progressed, they both were enjoying being together. He said one day his dad asked, rather bashfully, "Do you want me to go all the way with you to the coast?" In what he said was an enthusiastic tone, Self said, "I sure do!" "I guess I'm going to the coast then," Ralph said. Self said those few words were pretty significant, as his dad had not traveled much outside the state of Texas. "Upon our arrival in Jackson Beach, this was the first time my dad had seen the Atlantic Ocean." Hitting the wall "The biggest challenge I had, even greater than equip- ment problems or those that were physical, was what I would define as a mental problem," Serf said. He said the problem didn't occur until maybe the latter third part of ride. "Riding by yourself day after day after day, on the road eight - 10 hours a day, no one riding with you or talking to you, becomes hard. It was something I had not ever imagined would be a problem." "You plan for contingencies like flat tires, being injured, but you can't plan for lone- liness. When that starts happening your mind plays tricks on you and when things start happening that are not according to plan, your mind tells you it's time to quit despite the fact you've already ridden 1,000 - 2,000 miles." Cycling through time "The last thing I found very interesting about my experi- ence goes back to when I was planning the trip and had timelines in mind, like when I was going to hit where. "Along the way I found family and friends had be- come obsessed with my blog and were questioning whether I was on time, on schedule." He said another cyclist mentioned the same thing about his family asking him the same kind of questions. "Their asking was almost like a need to make you go faster and what I found after a while on the ride is that your mind stops its timeline mode of'I must do this by this' and it frees you up to enjoy the ride," he said. 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