Optimism, week 2

We will continue our in-class discussions of Optimism during this week, July 7.  During this week, we will consider how we can take a positive attitude toward learning.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Optimism is essential to achievement, and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”  — Nicholas Murray Butler (philosopher, diplomat, educator)

If you want to achieve success in your martial arts training — to earn your Black Belt — it is important to take a positive, optimistic approach.  This is true not just of karate, but of anything we try to learn, or any goal we set ourselves to achieve.  Learning new skills, becoming good at them and then staying good at them takes a lot of practice and repetition.  Being optimistic, and looking for the positives, will help you to have patience, especially when things get hard, and you make mistakes.  We can all learn from our mistakes — we can recognize when we make a mistake, and use this as an opportunity to change what we do, and do it better.  Being positive and optimistic about our training keeps us motivated to be the best we can be, so that we can move to the next level, and achieve our goals.

Discussion Questions:

1)  How well do you want to do your pattern at your next promotion exam?  Do you want to do your very best, or just be good enough to get by?

2)  If you want to do your very best with your pattern at your promotion exam in a few weeks, should you still practice it even when you already know it?

3)  Can you get better with your one steps when you do them with a partner, even if you make mistakes?  Can working with your partner help you find and fix mistakes?

Please share your answers to these questions, and your thoughts about Optimism, with our school community by using the forms below.

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