Dedication, week 1

During our lessons this week, we will talk about the basic meaning of Dedication, and how it is related to the idea of commitment.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride — and never quit, you will be a winner.”  — Paul Bryant (College football coach)

Dedication:  the quality of being committed to a task or purpose.

Back in February, we talked together about Commitment — about keeping the promises we make, both to other people and to ourselves.  Dedication is a closely related idea.  When we are dedicated to accomplishing a task or purpose, it is a top priority for us.  It is something we always make our best effort to achieve.  It is important to us.  By way of example, when we commit to earning our Black Belt, this is going to take dedication.  We’ll be coming to lessons every week and making our best effort for many months to achieve this goal.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What is something in karate you would like to do really well?
  2.   How would you make your best effort to accomplish this?  What kinds of things you would do?
  3.   Would practicing this skill on your own, without anyone telling you to, be dedication?

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