Cycle 5: May 25 to June 29, 2020

Week 2 Messages of the Week

Junior - Beginner

Message of the Week - Good Habits: Self Discipline

In this cycle we will be discussing some strategies that will help you develop good habits. Some examples of good habits are: Do what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, eat good foods, brush your teeth, clean your room, and do your homework. It is important to develop good habits because they make life easier. Having bad habits can make life hard. Remember our special phrase from last week, “Good habits are hard to make, but easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to make, but hard to live with.”

An important component to developing good habits is having self-discipline. Having self-discipline is not easy. It means doing what you should be doing, even if you don't feel like it. Remember, a self-disciplined person knows that they may not want to do something – but they do it anyway.

Consider the following story, Once there were two kids. Neither one of them wanted to do their homework – they both wanted to go out and play. The first one decided that he shouldn’t have to do his homework if he didn’t want to, and went out to play. The second, thought to himself, “The sooner I get it done, the sooner I can play.”
• Which child do you feel showed Self-Discipline?
• Which child do you think will get better grades?
• Which child do you think will accomplish more?

Someone that doesn’t have self-discipline knows what they are supposed to do, they just don’t do it. They have weak self-discipline. It only takes 21 days to develop a good habit. Think about a good habit that you would like to develop. Try using self-discipline for 21 days to develop that good habit.

This week tell 3 people (family member, teachers, instructors) a good habit that you are going to try to develop. Remember, developing self-discipline means knowing what to do and doing it, even when you don't feel like it.

Junior - Intermediate, Advanced & Black Belt

Message of the Week - TAKE ACTION

Inaction and procrastination kill more dreams, stall more good projects, and sidetrack more worthy goals than anything else. Below are some daily events where we can take action:

• If you wonder if you should do your homework… Take action
• If you wonder if you should be respectful… Take action
• If you wonder if you should be friendly… Take action
• If you wonder if your safety is in danger… Take action
• If you wonder if you should apologize… Take action
• If you wonder if you should do something… If it is right, if it is proper, if it is true, if it is worthy… Take action.

The agony of regret of not doing something far outweighs the risk of failure or embarrassment of doing something.

What areas in your life are calling you to “Take Action”?



Last week we discussed the importance a polite greeting. It is amazing to see how many friends can be made and doors opened by using this one strategy. This week we are going to talk about the concept of “Being happy to see them”. Consider the scenario of bumping into an old friend that you were excited to see however, they seemed only marginally happy to see you. Experiencing this type of reception can be disappointing. The flip side is when your friends are excited to see you, you feel better.

The concept of “Being happy to see them” refers to making a conscious choice to show your excitement about seeing someone. When you are here in the dojo, always make it a point to be happy to see other students, especially to new students or other people that you don’t know.

This week each day make a conscious choice to show more excitement than normal about seeing someone.