During our lessons this week, we will be talking about applying Self-Control both to making repeated attempts to accomplish something, and also not doing something impulsive or rash. Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:
“What lies in our power to do, it also lies in our power not to do.” — Aristotle (teacher and philosopher)
Self-control: our ability to control our impulses and reactions; self-discipline.
Self-control can help us to face and overcome our fears, so that we can accomplish things we need or want to do. Board breaking often takes this kind of self-control. When we have to make a second or third attempt at a break because it didn’t work the first time, this can make us feel angry, unhappy, or even afraid. We have to get control over these feelings to allow us to try the break again. If we get hit too hard when we are free sparring, this can also make us frustrated or angry. Often, our first impulse is to hit back at our partner even harder. We have to use self-control to take a moment, calm down, and not lash out at our partner.
- What is something that you have had to take several tries at before you were able to accomplish it?
- Did that take self-control?
- If someone makes fun of you, how would you use self-control in dealing with the situation?
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