Goal Setting, week 4

We will wrap up our consideration of Goal Setting during our lessons this week.  We will be talking together about breaking a board as an example of Goal Setting.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their aim on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” — Orison Swett Marden (author)

Goal Setting:  Board breaking as a goal.

If we set ourselves the goal of breaking a board using a side kick, there are several smaller steps along the way — smaller goals — that we also must accomplish.

First, we must learn the proper technique for throwing a side kick.  We must tuck our knee in tightly when we begin the kick, and pull our toes back so we hit the board with our heel.  This makes our kick stronger, and helps concentrate our power into a very small area.

Next, we must focus intensely.  We must keep our full attention on the task at hand, so we don’t get distracted.  We must strike the board exactly in the center with our kick in order to break it.

Finally, we must take swift, decisive action.  A slow, hesitant kick will not break the board.  Only a quick, powerful, accurate kick will do that.  The same is true of any other goal we may set — decide on the best course, and then take action.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is a karate technique you would really like to break a board with?
  2. Could that be a goal you can set for yourself?
  3. Can you help other people to achieve their goals?

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