Martial Arts can Teach a Child to have “Yes, I Can” Attitude
Does your child say, “I Can’t?”
If you child does, it is time to teach them that a “Yes, I Can” mindset is significantly stronger than “No, I Can’t” attitude.
Here at Quest, you will find our team of highly trained professionals inspire our students and parents to develop the “Yes, I Can!” attitude. In addition, to fun highly engaged martial arts drills and skills, the development of a “Yes, I Can” attitude is one of the key components of our intentionally designed program for students of all ages.
It starts with getting comfortable saying it; Yes, I Can! Using the positive affirmation of “Yes, I Can!” places the thought in your mindset. In the beginner, it is not necessary to actually believe it. Just the mere fact of repeatedly saying it over and over again, keeps the thought in the forefront of one’s mind.
Eventually, as we see happening over and over again, one will automatically say “Yes, I Can” when faced with a challenge. That inner voice will become so strongly implanted in the brain, the brain will have not choice but to say “Yes, I Can!”
This is a story we repeatedly hear from our parents and students: It goes like this, “My child was having a hard time, and I heard him say Yes, I Can. It brought me to tears as my child usually gives up so easily.”
It does not just have a positive effect on the students in class. It has a positive effect on the parents watching their child in class. Parents often post on social media about how they actually use the “Yes, I Can” attitude when faced with challenge.
So, how do you start getting your child to say “Yes, I Can?” It is simple, pick a few activities like brushing the teeth, making the bed, or putting the toys away. As the child is starting to do these activities, have them say “Yes, I Can!”. This will help implant a seed into their brain that they can do things. It may seem silly at first until you hear your child using it to overcome a challenge.
And of course, as we always say at Quest, parents must model the “Yes, I Can” attitude and behavior as 98% of all learning is observational learning.