This month our Powerful Word of the month is “determination.”

Determination refers to a person’s attitude towards his goals as well as his ability to take the initiative to achieve those goals. It involves a combination of skills, knowledge, drive and belief in oneself which enable a person to engage in goal-directed action.

Determined people typically have a clear understanding of their strengths, limitations, interests and needs. They use this understanding to make important decisions about their goals, evaluate their progress, make adjustments, and follow through to completion. When people are determined to complete a job or achieve a goal they don’t allow weakness, setbacks or challenges to deter them.

Determination in many ways can trump talent. As Sophia Loren once said; “Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.” When people are committed, focused and yes, determined, they can put their level of talent to work and surpass those who have talent but lack drive.

Research tells us that we can help our children develop determination and grit by promoting a learning and growth mind-set. Our children need to learn that their ability to succeed as well as their competency grow when they show consistent effort. That effort must remain constant even when the goal is challenging. We can also help children develop determination by teaching them goal-setting and goal-getting strategies. We want them to be able to declare their goals and cope with the obstacles that may stand in their way.

We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best Martial Arts and personal development centers in the world.

We look forward to partnering with you on our Powerful Word, Determination, this month.

Here’s to your success!

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