January – Word of the Month

January – Word of the Month
30 Dec 2017

“I THINK IT ALL COMES DOWN TO MOTIVATION. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO DO SOMETHING, YOU WILL WORK HARD FOR IT.” – EDMUND HILLARY

WHAT IS MOTIVATION?

Motivation is the reason or reasons you do something. It is what prompts you to behave a certain way. For example, if you are motivated to get to the next belt rank, you will PRACTICE hard both in class and at home. The desire to EARN your next belt is your motivation. It is what keeps you going even when it gets tough. Here are a few ways to keep your motivation high:

  • Set a GOAL. Setting a goal gives you a clear idea of what you want to accomplish so you can decide the best way to get there.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Practicing will help you ACHIEVE your goal and make you feel good about yourself.
  • Create a routine. One of the easiest ways to stay motivated and on track is to set a routine. When you are used to doing something every day, you are more likely to stick with it.

Ask Your Students:

  1. What helps to keep you motivated?
  2. What do you think motivation is?
  3. Why is motivation important?

“MOTIVATION CAN COME FROM THE INSIDE OR THE OUTSIDE. A CHAMPION NEEDS A MOTIVATION ABOVE AND BEYOND WINNING“– PAT RILEY –

MOTIVATION CAN COME FROM THE INSIDE OR THE OUTSIDE.

People stay motivated in different ways. For some it’s an INTERNAL MOTIVATION that keeps them going while others have an external. When you are internally motivated, you do something because it is personally REWARDING to you. Examples of this are practicing a sport because you find it enjoyable or solving a puzzle because you find the challenge fun and exciting. If you are EXTERNALLY MOTIVATED, you do something to earn a reward or avoid punishment like playing a sport to win or cleaning your room so you don’t get in trouble. Both ways of motivation work well, you just have to determine which is best for you and your goals.

Ask Your Students:

  1. Are you internally or externally motivated?
  2. Do you think one is better than the other?
  3. Can you think of any other internal motivators? How about external?

“MOTIVATION WILL ALMOST ALWAYS BEAT MERE TALENT.“– NORMAN RALPH AUGUSTINE –

MOTIVATION COMES FROM SETTING A GOAL AND HAVING A PLAN TO ACHIEVE IT.

Putting your mind toward doing something makes it easier to achieve it. When you set a goal, it is helpful to put a PLAN together for how you are going to make it happen. If you want to get better grades, you know you need to study more. If you want to make a team, you will need to practice. If you want to earn your next belt, you will need to work extra hard. Setting up a plan and sticking to it helps to keep you motivated and on track.

Remember to hold yourself ACCOUNTABLE for meeting your goal and TRACK your PROGRESS.

Ask Your Students:

  1. What goals do you currently have?
  2. Have you set up a plan for how you’re going to achieve those goals?
  3. Why does having a plan help you stick to your goals?

“THERE’S ALWAYS A NEW CHALLENGE TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED.” – SEAN CONNERY –

STAYING MOTIVATED ISN’T ALWAYS EASY.

Sometimes staying motivated is tough, but we have to remember to never give up. Staying motivated is especially important in MARTIAL ARTS. You need motivation to MASTER new SKILLS both PHYSICALLY and MENTALLY. When learning a new skill becomes difficult, your motivation will kick in and keep you going. Here are some ways to keep your motivation on track to hit your goals.

  • Set a TIMELINE for when you would like to achieve your goal. If your goal is to learn a new skill, put a day on the calendar you would like to have it mastered.
  • Take part in a COMPETITION. Preparing for a competition will keep you on track and make you work harder
  • Practice, practice, practice. Don’t wait for your instructor or your parents to ask you to practice. Do it on your own and keep a log of the progress you’re making.

Ask Your Students:

  1. Does your current daily routine help you in martial arts?
  2. How often do you set time aside to practice outside of class?
  3. Do you currently have any goals written down?

Dear parents and/or guardians…

This month we are learning about motivation. Motivation is a big part of martial arts. Our kids must stay motivated in the sport in order to succeed. They must set goals and come up with a plan to achieve them. Sometimes, especially at a young age, it can be difficult to stay motivated. This is when parents need to step in and help our kids stay on track.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • Ask your kids about their goals. Write them down, and then together come up with a plan to meet those goals. Be sure to set a deadline when the goal needs to be accomplished.

Keep a log of progress made along the way.

  • Get your kids on a regular schedule.

It is a lot easier to stick to a goal and stay motivated when a set schedule is in place. If your child wants to go up a belt rank, have them work extra practice time into their usual day.

That practice will become part of their daily routine.

  • Find out what motivates your child. Are they motivated by something on the inside or is it an outside motivation that keeps them going? Knowing their motivation makes it easier to keep them on track.
  • Talk to your child about how important it is to stay motivated. Ask them questions to make sure they fully understand the concept.

 


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