The ultimate purpose of martial arts training is to take the lessons of martial arts and apply them to life outside of the dojo or academy.
Martial arts training should change you or your child in a positive way. I think as a parent your main hope for your child is that they reach their true potential as an adult because of their early martial arts training.
There is a way to teach goal setting to kids.
Goal setting is a somewhat abstract concept for most kids, so we have found that combining the ideas and steps with a physical action gives children a really easy way to remember all of the parts to setting and achieving their goals.
Here is the black belt success cycle:
Know what you want. This could be graduating from high school or a college degree. Or perhaps it is to get a good paying job or even opening your own business.
Have a plan. Figure out what exact steps are need for you to get to your end goal. For example if it is to get a degree, the first part of your plan should be to get a schedule of classes from the colleges you are considering.
And a success coach. Without a mentor some part of your plan are going to be difficult. However, if you have someone who has been there and done that, they can guide you to have a much smoother experience.
Take consistent action. Without action, you are only daydreaming. The second part of step 4 is to be consistent. Many people start off strong but then fade out without having accomplished what they set out to do. If your goal really means something to you, don’t give up no matter what.
Review your progress. Take some time to review what is going on in your master plan. Sometime you have to adjust your plan along the way.
Renew your goals. After reviewing renew your commitment to what you want to accomplish. Stay motivated and focused on your target.