We are entering our third week teaching self-motivation & de-motivation in our kids martial arts classes. Can you tell that I find this to be VERY important?
It’s such a versatile topic which is why I want to spend time on it.
I wonder how much farther along I would be in life if I practiced this skill from a young age. They say life is the best teacher, but it’s also the cruelest in regard to substance abuse for example.
The analogy I gave your kids this week in class was of my favorite candy, the Cadbury cream egg.
When I “think” about my favorite candy it conjures up positive images and feelings. However, imagine if someone snuck into my house and injected a tasteless poison right into the middle of it. Would the egg still taste great?
But what if the poison has no noticeable effect for a month and then causes extreme and prolonged sickness? A lack of information & a false perspective leads to unwise life choices. If you are able to preemptively see things as they really are you’ll wind up making wise choices.
Would superman have eaten the poisoned egg? Not if he grew up in my kids martial arts program, but that’s beside the point. Superman has X-ray vision.
Be A Superhero like this kid!
In our mat chat, I use the analogy of a pair of X-Ray glasses that allow you to see things as they really are; both good and bad. One lens allows you to see the answers to the motivating questions. The other side allows you to see the answers to the de-motivating questions. Namely, “What are the consequences both positive & negative now and in the future.
My goal is to empower your kids to start developing the patterns of mind that will lead to proper choices in all spheres of life. When I was a child I took a local karate class, but they didn’t have any sort of kids life skill program. Kids martial arts is about much more than just sweeps, submissions, or strikes. It’s about their success.
See you this week