“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” Peter T. McIntyre
Translation for Adults
From earliest childhood, you learned to fear being wrong. That fear is so ingrained, in fact, that most adults even fear the possibility of being wrong. Fear, of course, is the great inhibitor. It creates a false mindset that convinces us to avoid any tasks or goals, unless they are guaranteed successes. Fear freezes our confidence and causes inaction.
Being wrong or failing is acceptable when it is the result of working hard, with confidence. Don’t fear being wrong; instead, fear losing your confidence because nothing is possible without it. Any great undertaking that requires planning, hard work and many actions include the risk of failure. Without that risk, your great undertakings are probably not worth doing.
Keep your edge! Remain confidence, even if you may be wrong!
Translation for Kids
Being wrong is not a good feeling. You might think that you were stupid. You might think you are not a good person. The fear of being wrong can stop you from reaching your goals. That is when being wrong is OK. Overcome your fear with confidence. Accept new challenges. Try a more advanced math class in school. Spend more time practicing your martial arts. Learn that difficult move your instructor taught you. Always challenge yourself, even if you’re not right. Forget your fear and do something great. You may not be rewarded, immediately, but keep trying.
Remember, your Black Belt spirit!
Class Discussion for Kids
- Name a task or goal that was a real
- Were you worried and fearful of being wrong? How did you conquer your fear?
The Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness was founded in 2005 by Master Paul Gruschow, Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness’s lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.
Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness’s adult program is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.
Rochester Kung Fu and Fitness has a large family program, where families can learn martial arts and character in a friendly supportive environment. Where families together can improve their physical development with their Kung Fu and improve their character and learn lifelong skills as a family.
Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness or call directly at 585-413-0835. You can also visit our website at Greecekungfu.com.
About Master Paul J. Gruschow: Paul is a Ninth-Generation Master of the 7-Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu System under world renowned Grand Master Raymond Fogg and the United States Kung Fu Exchange Federation. Master Paul Gruschow sits on the board of the United States Kung Fu Exchange Federation as well. He has been teaching martial arts for over 20 years and has created many top internationally ranked competitors. Master Gruschow is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, self-defense, and martial arts training, around the world.
The Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness is located at 2496 West Ridge Rd, Rochester NY 14626.
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