Motivation, week 1

During our lessons this week, we will talk about the basic meaning of Motivation, and how this relates to our upcoming Promotion Exams.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” — Pat Riley (NBA player and head coach)

Motivation:  the reason or reasons someone has for doing something.

Pat Riley has been one of the most successful players and coaches in the NBA.  He has coached the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, and the Miami Heat.  As both a player and a coach, he has won many NBA championships.  When he tells us that a champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning, he speaks from long personal experience.  When we talk about motivation, we’re talking about why we try to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves.  For example, we have Promotion Exams coming up next week.  We’ve taken many weeks to learn and practice our karate skills to earn advancement to our next belt rank.  We’ve set ourselves an important goal, one that takes powerful motivation for us to achieve.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  Are you going to take the Promotion Exam next week?
  2.  What is it about earning advancement to your next rank that is most important to you?
  3.   Do you think that Pat Riley is correct — that our motivation in studying and practicing karate needs to be something above and beyond winning?

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