Effort, week 4

During this week, we will talk about the importance of making a consistent best Effort, especially when first setting out to achieve our goals.  This consistent best Effort helps us to overcome the natural stumbles and false starts we experience when we first attempt to achieve a new goal.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”  — Larry Bird (professional basketball player, head coach, president of operations)

Effort:  We must first have clear goals to be able to make our best effort to achieve them.

When we first set out to achieve a goal, we will often have a hard time getting started.  When we make our first effort, we will often experience some kind of “false start” — a setback or a stumble that made us stop and think, and then try again in a different way.  It is these first steps on our road to our goal that need us to consistently make our best effort, even though things may not be going quite right.  Think about learning how to do a spinning backfist — most of us make some mistakes with this the first few times we try to do it.  If we just give up and quit after making a “false start”, we’ll never learn how to do it.  We have to make our consistent best effort to achieve our goal of learning to do a spinning backfist really well.  To achieve our goal of Black Belt also requires our consistent best effort — coming to our lessons every week, improving our existing karate skills and learning new ones.  This consistent best effort is how you become a Black Belt.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What is something you have made your consistent best effort to accomplish?
  2.  Can you think of something you want to achieve that you will have to make your consistent best effort to accomplish?
  3.  What are some “false starts” you have had when making your first steps toward achieving one of your own goals?

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