Redmond, WA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Are people struggling to get by in these tough financial times by losing sight of their dreams? Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest men in the world, was not always wealthy. In fact, he started Microsoft, during a recession. He has continued to be what Psychologist, Dr. Barbara Lavi calls a “wake up dreamer,” someone who turns their dreams into plans they work on every day and who don't believe in the word “can’t.”
The Gates Foundation’s Giving Pledge asked billionaires to bequeath a portion of their wealth to their foundation to help them change the world. Gates inspired Dr. Lavi to use her inspirational self-help book, The Wake Up and Dream Challenge, to start a giving pledge that anyone can afford.
By purchasing the book for just $26, not only will you learn how to transform your life and dream again, but you will also help The Blind Judo Foundation raise funds to help train blind youth and war veterans in the sport of Judo so that they too can start dreaming their lives forward.
Parents of blind children are very protective of their children. Why? They try to shelter them from getting hurt or being ridiculed. October 2012 is Anti-Bullying Month; unfortunately, too many sad, unacceptable stories are surfacing of how the blind are being bullied.
Blind children have dreams. All too often, parents and loved ones in efforts to shield them from disappointment, discourage them from dreaming too big. The good news is there are ways to help them learn to expand their dreams and accomplish them. There is a road-map for traveling towards their dreams one step at a time and a way you can help them.
Dr. Barbara Lavi and the Blind Judo Foundation have built an alliance to help blind and visually impaired individuals learn to fall-down, persevere and get back up again. Dr. Lavi believes that the quote by Vince Lombardi applies to Judo: “It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get back up again.”
No one enjoys, literally or figuratively, seeing our children get knocked down or disappointed in life, but it does happen. Who should know better than the former US Olympic and US Paralympic Judo Coach Willy Cahill about the art of learning to fall?
Coach Cahill coached the 2000 US Paralympic Judo Team that brought home two Gold Medals. Ron Peck, and Coach Cahill, Co-Founders of the Blind Judo Foundation, explained to Dr. Lavi that falling is a learned technique that is intrinsic to practicing the sport of Judo. It is also the first step in building confidence, resilience, and enhancing independence. In addition, they learn how to win and lose with grace.
Once Cahill and Peck demonstrated the power of Judo to help blind athletes gain self-esteem, Dr. Lavi partnered with them to create the second step, taking The Wake Up And Dream Challenge to help fund their amazing work.
In the book, Dr. Lavi shares specific cutting-edge techniques she developed as a Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Child and Trauma Teams at Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, Clinical Director of the Delphi Center in Burlington, MA and in her current private practice in Connecticut.
Using vivid stores based upon her clients’ accomplishments, Dr. Lavi shows how her system can work for every reader wanting to travel the path of their dreams using a clear road map. The Wake Up and Dream Challenge teaches you how to “dream it forward;” inspires with true stories including one from the work of the Blind Judo Foundation; shows you how to silence your inner critic and set yourself free from its restraints; empowers you to take control of your future by becoming your own dream parent; and helps you program your own DPS (Dream Positioning System) to chart your journey to a life that includes your dreams.
The Wake Up and Dream Challenge can be ordered online. In support of the nonprofit Blind Judo Foundation, Dr. Lavi will donate fifty-percent of the books’ profit to the mission and work of the Foundation if you write "Blind Judo Foundation" in the comments section of the order form. Donations are also welcomed empowering the blind and visually impaired through the sport of Judo at http://www.blindjudofoundation.org/donate.php
The Blind Judo Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering blind and visually impaired individuals through introductions, training and practicing the sport of Judo.