“My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.” – Kobe Bryant
Through my years in taekwondo, I have gone through many highs and lows. There were times when I wanted to quit and give up and times when I felt like I was on top of the world. No matter what, I always had my parents there to support me. During every fight or a promotion test, I would always look out into the crowd and see my mom and dad smiling back with encouragement. I think that is what got me this far. This extended into other aspects of life. My parents would come to watch me get every award and every recital they possibly could and for that I am grateful.
A support system is one of the most important things anyone can have. It keeps them motivated and encouraged. It is especially important when life gets tough. It is so easy to give up and quit when something doesn’t go your way and you feel as though you’ve failed. It is a lot easier to quit than to face the embarrassment that you feel when you don’t reach your goal the first time. Sometimes you just need that extra push from the people that support you. You need someone to remind you that it is okay to make mistakes and that they will always believe in you. You need someone to help you back on your feet and push you right back in even if you don’t like it.
On the other hand it also important to have someone to congratulate you when you do succeed. It keeps you motivated to reach your goals. Praise is a good tool to keep anyone motivated. Through teaching I have noticed this. Praising a student and then correcting does a lot more good than just correcting. Even just little things like “good kick!” can go a long way.
I think it is important for everyone to have a support system and be able to support others. All it takes is a simple “good job” or “I’m so proud” to motivate someone. It takes one day out of your life to go and watch a recital or game or class and let someone know that you will support them no matter what. So do that for someone you support and hopefully the will grow and return the favor.
See you in class,