With no classes again until Tuesday, and testing coming up before we know it, students MUST practice at home over the next few days in order to have success at testing!
It is common knowledge that the more time and effort you can put into developing a skill the faster and farther you can become great! But after a long day or with the “I’m done” brain fully on board, it may be hard for your child to find the motivation to practice.
Below are 3 easy steps to teach a proper inner dialogue for when motivation is hard to come by. These steps will also teach you how to use a pseudo Jedi Mind Trick and convince them that it was all THEIR idea!
Ask about their ONE most important thing they want to achieve in taekwondo.
Start the conversation by asking your ninja to think about their goals in taekwondo. When you ask they may say things like “to have fun”, “to see my friends”, “to get my belt”, or the infamous: “I don’t know”. The goal here is to specifically ask for the ONE thing they want to GET. Don’t forget the key words, “ONE” and “GET”. “ONE” will force them to prioritize and figure out what they really value. “GET” will get them focused on a goal or physical item they can get (i.e. Belt).
Ask them to describe how they will feel when they achieve it!
The next step is important. Our goal here is to get them to emotionally connect with their goal. We know they want it, but can they tie in the feeling of achievement, pride, and satisfaction? If we can get them to describe what they will feel, we can trigger the release of “feel good” hormones in the brain that will further enforce decisions that will pull them towards their goal and set them up for the next step!
If there was ONE thing you could do today, right now, that could help you get to your goal, what would it be?
This is the closer! We are going back to asking for one thing they can do that will help them get to their goal. This could be big or small, clear or vague and depending on their age, we may need to guide them or offer suggestions. Another key point is the fact that we added a time frame to the question “RIGHT NOW”. So, after they decide on which action is most important (hopefully some sort of practice), don’t wait, ride that wave of momentum and get going!
Use these steps and let us know how the conversation went! Pro Tip: try using this for homework!
BONUS: Take a video of your ninja practicing over our class break and post it to either the main Facebook page or the closed family page and I’ll randomly pick a few to win one of our newest cool ninja hats! If you can’t post it to our pages, be sure to at least tag the school or add the school as your location in your photo! And be sure to use the hashtag #Ihavegoals