Confidence, week 4

During our lessons this week, we will talk about learning Confidence in ourselves through our accomplishments.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.”  — Thomas Carlyle (philosopher, historian, teacher)

When we talk about “self-confidence”, in part what we mean is our personal belief in our own abilities.  We learn to have confidence in ourselves through our accomplishments — the goals we set for ourselves, and then achieve.  When we test for and earn one of our achievement stripes, we’ve made an accomplishment.  To do this, we have come to our lessons, and learned and practiced our new karate skills together.  At first, we’re sometimes not very good with these new skills, but we stick with it and work hard at them so that we are able to do them better.  Even if we’re not perfect with some of these skills yet, working at them and improving our abilities is an accomplishment in itself.  Knowing that we can stick with something difficult and learn to do it well gives us confidence in our own abilities.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What is the hardest part about doing your pattern?  Are you better at this now than when you first started learning it?  Is this an accomplishment?
  2.   When we have our Promotion Exams in just a few weeks, do you believe that you can demonstrate the skills you have learned for your achievement stripes — are you confident?
  3.   At the end of our lesson, can you flap your arms and fly home?  Have you done it before?  (Is this confidence or enthusiasm?)

Please share your answers to these questions, and your thoughts about Confidence, with our school community by using the form below.

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