Message of the Week

Cycle 3: Mar 12 – April 16

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 – HUMOR

Humor – Helps us to enjoy the journey of life. Humor is the ability to see the silly, to ponder the preposterous, or to appreciate the absurd. In short, humor gives us the ability to NOT take ourselves and the issues in our lives too seriously. Humor is a great way to bond friendships, bridge gaps in relationships, “break the ice” or begin the mending of hurts. Victor Borge, a Danish comedian, conductor and pianist, said, “Humor – the shortest line between two people”. It is a medical fact that laughter releases endorphins and literally heals.

Consider the following story. Once there were two kids and the same thing happened to both of them…Doris was standing with a group of kids waiting for a ride home from school. One of the kids started teasing her and said, “Hey, look at how big Doris’ ears are. They are like Dumbo ears.” Doris got real angry and said, “They are not – your nose is too big. It is like a witch’s nose.” The name-calling continued and everyone got into a bad mood. The same thing happened to Sarah. Only instead of getting defensive and angry and attacking back, Sarah gave a little giggle and said, “I wish I could fly like Dumbo did in the cartoon”. The other kids laughed and started talking about how fun it would be if they could fly…


1) Be Flexible – Sometimes it’s best for team harmony to do it someone else’s way.

2) When Giving an Assignment, “Ask, Don’t Tell” – No one likes to be told what to do, but most everyone is glad to help out when asked.

3) When Getting an Assignment, respond with an “I’ll Be Glad To” attitude – Everyone appreciates cooperative team members who have a can-do attitude.

4) Pick Your Battles – Pope John Paul II said, “See Everything, Overlook a Lot, Correct a Little” – If you always have to be right, people will tend to resent you and be resistant to your ideas. This doesn’t mean that you should be the “team doormat” who always lets others have their way. When it really matters, hold your ground and do it respectfully. Your teammates will generally go along with your ideas if you use this approach.

5) When at Work, Put Your Game Face On – This doesn’t mean that you have to be overly serious all the time. What it does mean is take your work seriously. We all have personal challenges that we deal with on a regular basis, but when you get to work, go to work.

Being flexible, asking people to take on work, accepting work with the right attitude, picking your battles, and taking your work seriously are all important for optimum team performance. All of these will make a positive impact on your team.

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