Motivation, week 4

During our lessons this week, we will be talking about three ways to keep our Motivation strong and focused.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” — Pat Riley (NBA player and head coach)

Keeping our motivation strong and focused is every bit as important in karate as is learning and developing our physical skills.  We have to commit to coming regularly to our lessons — not just now and then, when we can’t find something better to do.  Today, we’ll talk about three ways to keep our motivation strong and focused as we study and practice karate:

  1.  Set definite goals.  We can set short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals for our karate training.
  2.  Commit to making the most out of every lesson we are in.  We choose to watch closely, listen carefully, and make our best effort with everything that we do.
  3.  Create a routine, and stick with it.  For example, we decide in advance that we’re coming to our lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week, and we follow that schedule.  This way, we give ourselves all the time we need to learn and develop our skills.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What is an important goal you have set for yourself in karate — something you are determined to accomplish?
  2.  Are watching closely, listening carefully, and making your best effort in your karate lessons things you choose to do?  Is this a way of striving to do better?
  3.  Do you think that if you choose to do these in every lesson, you can turn them into habits?

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