Discovering True Happiness Through Pursuit of Purpose

Discovering True Happiness Through Pursuit of Purpose

Hey everyone, I’m Grandmaster Park, and I want to share some thoughts on happiness and the pursuit of purpose. Life is often filled with discussions about the pursuit of happiness. However, I’ve come to realize that this pursuit can be challenging, especially when life’s storms and challenges come our way. In this short piece, I’d like to discuss the idea of shifting our focus from the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of purpose, and how it can lead to genuine and lasting happiness.

The Challenge of Pursuing Happiness

The Challenge of Pursuing Happiness

We’ve all heard the phrase “pursuit of happiness,” but it’s important to acknowledge the difficulties it presents. When we face challenges in life, our happiness can quickly dissipate. The longer these challenges persist, the more our happiness seems to evaporate. It’s as if happiness is a fragile bubble that bursts when adversity strikes.

The Shift to Pursuit of Purpose

The Shift to Pursuit of Purpose

Instead of endlessly chasing happiness, I propose a different approach – the pursuit of purpose. Purpose is like the guiding star of our lives. It provides us with a clear “why” and a sense of meaning. It helps us understand what truly matters to us and what brings us fulfilment. Pursuing a purpose can lead to a profound and enduring sense of happiness.

Finding Fulfillment in Purpose

Finding Fulfillment in Purpose

Think about it – when you discover your purpose and align your actions with it, every challenge, every storm you face becomes a meaningful part of your journey. The pursuit of purpose gives you the strength to weather life’s storms with resilience and optimism because you know that these challenges are all part of the path to fulfilling your purpose.

I encourage you to consider shifting your focus from the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of purpose. While happiness can be fleeting, purpose provides a lasting source of fulfilment and contentment. So, ask yourself, “What is my purpose? What truly matters to me?” When you find the answers to these questions, you’ll discover a deeper and more enduring form of happiness, one that can withstand life’s challenges and storms.

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Things to Do When a Trial Student Doesn’t Show Up

Things to do when a trial student doesn't show up

I wanted to share with you two powerful techniques that we do here at all of my schools to instantly establish value and clearly demonstrate the benefits of the martial arts. At the same time, you never get a second chance for a first impression. So one of the most important things you have to do is, of course, properly greet all your new trials. I’m coming to your school for the first time. And, of course, very simple. You introduce yourself to the parent and to the child.

This is how I do it:

Hey, guys, thanks for coming today!  I’m Grand Master Park. I am the principal and owner of the Academy, and maybe your name is Jones. Great to meet you!

Now, let’s say Charles. Hey, what’s your name, buddy? Joey. Joey! It’s so great to meet you. So, Joey, tell me. What’s your favorite color? Blue? So are mine. Joey? How old are you? Seven? Lucky seven! And Joey? What school do you go to? Okay, what grade are you in?

If you notice a child’s name being used three times, That is a very powerful technique. So you don’t forget the name. Okay, So when you meet somebody, if you repeat the name three times, right, as they say their name, you won’t forget it. So Joey, the first thing I’m going to teach you is to look at my eyes when Grandmaster is talking to you. Right here, okay? It’s very important that you do that. Can you say focus? Focus? Excellent.

Look into my eyes, especially when I’m teaching, and you might be able to move. You’re looking at my what? And point to the eye. And make the child say, “I’m sorry, look at my one. eye. Excellent. And you don’t want it? I want you to do this. Not just here in taekwondo, but at home. When mommy talks to you, do you look at her? That’s right! eyes. And when Daddy tells you to look at his one, you should. Such a delicate eye! How about in school? When you teach that, you look at her. What is this? like? Give me five? Excellent. Can you do this from now on? And 9 out of 10 times, a child’s going to say yes. And then to say, “Hey, can you say yes, sir?” And the cue? Make one more attempt? a little louder? Yes, sir. Excellent. When you do that, Joey, you’re showing me a very important word, which is the first tenant of our school called courtesy, which means respect. Can you say respect? Respect, okay. Respect is treating everyone how you want to be treated. One of the most important people you have to treat with respect is your mom and dad. As a question, do you love your mom and dad? Yes, sir. That’s right. Do you want to make them happy? Yes, sir. You want to make them special and serve them? Well, one of the ways to do that is to show respect.

For example, showing a good mom and saying, “Mr. Jones, when you call Joey at home, you call his name? What does he think? What does he say? Does he say it? Yeah, mom? Does he say, “What mom? Does he say, “Huh? Wait a minute, or do you have to call his name? Twice? three times? Which one of these is it? A little of all the above? Joey, respect is something you show. So from now on, when mom calls your name, I want you to say Yes, Mommy, can you do that for me? Yes. Give me Hi, Yes, sir. Please give me a high five. Good job. You know what I want you to show me? Mrs. Jones? Will you call Joey’s name out loud for me? Shall we? Most likely, the kid’s going to say what he’s used to saying. Yeah, or what? And that’s the time to look at a parent and say, you know, one of the things that we do here at parks is take the current habits of your child and replace them with stronger habits. And I need your help doing that. So whatever he learns here, you can also, you know, reinforce it at home. Okay, so one more time, Joey. Well, mom calls you Joey said Yes, Mommy!, Joey. Yes, Mommy! Excellent. Give me five. All right, let’s go learn some cool moves. So, take a couple of minutes and do that.

Establish instant credibility, value, and rapport; more importantly, it clearly communicates the school’s philosophy and the benefits of martial arts. Okay, so use this. I mean, this is something I have done for decades. It is so, so powerful. It is so powerful. All right. And how do you do your trials? I mean, there are so many different ways to skin a cat, right? Some people do semi-private trials or private trials. Some people, you know, throw them in class. I mean, I’ve done them all. We’ve done them all. And currently, you know, we put them in class. That’s why that technique is so important for our instructors to know, you know, to do because it establishes, you know, the foundation. And then when they go to class, parents have more of an open mind because that first impression was so, so powerful.

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The Most Uncomfortable Thing to Do as a School Owner

Most of us started building our own school because of the impact that the martial arts have on us and it is something that we want to share with the world. 

So opening a school is not just a business, but also a passion. And when we are passionate about something, money is the last equation. 

I hope all of you realize that we can be passionate and also live the lifestyle of our dreams in martial arts. Our industry is thriving. 

It is our nature as human beings that if we do something brand new or do something out of our comfort zone can be challenging. 

You have the right to be compensated in return for teaching them the impact and benefits of martial arts, and the way how it impacted you as a school owner. 

You can’t put a price tag on confidence, focus and discipline therefore don’t be afraid to ask about the tuition, and don’t be afraid to ask them to pay in full.

This is an investment for the students because the return is greater than the monetary value. 

That is one thing you got to start understanding and get comfortable with asking for large amounts of money from your students. 

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Tips on Increasing Your Child’s Attention Span

Increasing Your Child's Attention Span

The ability to pay attention to one thing for a long period of time. 

The biggest challenge facing and making it difficult to stay focused is the screen. 

Not just one screen, at least half a dozen of screens. 

Imagine half a dozen of screens our children are looking at – laptops, iPad, phones just to name a few.

And each screen is fighting for our children’s attention, not to mention a young child’s mind their attention span is already short to begin with, meaning the screens if they don’t capture the attention of our child, the kids move on.

Children are pleasure seekers, so this behavior with the screen is naturally building a lack of focus and attention span.

How do we help our children develop the mindset of staying focused for a long period of time?

We have to expose them to a thought process action, something that they can visually see, pay attention to, a process in their mind, then physically they can take action.

That process has been done repeatedly, it has been done where they’re progressing towards progress just by getting their attention span and getting their minds to focus on what they can do physically and when they are able to do it or they become better over time it makes them feel good because it’s a sense of accomplishment.

That is the core foundation of building a strong character. 

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