During our lessons this week, we will talk about bringing both physical energy and mental focus into making our best Effort at something. Our in-class discussion for this week follows below:
“It takes effort and belief to persevere and stay dedicated to accomplish your goal.” — Catherine Pulsifer (author)
Effort: the use of physical and/or mental energy; hard work.
The mental lessons that we learn in our karate lessons together benefit all of us in other areas of our lives. Our karate dojo is a place where we are encouraged to make our best effort on a consistent basis. We’re encouraged to block a little stronger, kick a little more fluidly and powerfully — to give it our best at every lesson. We learn more about our true potential to achieve our goals, so that we don’t accept less than our best from ourselves. We don’t have to settle for being just “good enough to get by” in karate, at school, or in other areas of our lives.
- What is something in karate that you have to think about and really focus on to be able to do? Do you think you are making an effort when you do this?
- Does being encouraged by someone else help you give your best effort? Can you encourage yourself?
- What is something you have to make your physical and mental best effort to do? Can you have fun while you do this?
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