Being A Good Example for Others to Follow by KJN James R. Hogwood, PhD.
What you say can change the course of a young person’s direction to either lead or follow, be positive or negative, be great or average, and even effect the impact on society. For this reason, all instructors, teachers, and professors must live by the concept to develop people to be greater than themselves and positively affect the communities in which they live.
This is a simple but effective concept known as 4-R-Square. Doing the Right Thing, the Right Way, at the Right Time, for the Right Reason
The Right Thing: is sometime hard to do because people more often than not would rather do what is popular than what is right. They would never challenge the norm or disagree with those above them due to peer pressure. A Martial Arts Instructor must reframe from peer pressure, doing it because that it the way it always has been, or just conforming to the popular vote. Do it because it is the right thing to do period.
The Right Way: now that you have decided to do the right thing, it is time to do it the right way. An example of this: is not apologizing in a letter, but in person. The apology was the right thing and in person was the right way. The right way is something that can force someone to change their mind due to extreme pressure, but with the right mentors and family support we can learn to become accustomed to doing things right.
The Right Time: doing something because you have been told or instructed to do something is probably not at the right time, but late. If you work for a company and you wait to be told to do things, your career will not last long. You should seek to do or change things prior to force, with eagerness of duty, and with a sincere heart and mind.
And For The Right Reason: it should not be about what is in it for you, but how it helps to resolve a problem or how it changes the lives of others in a positive direction. An example of this is: Christmas time, the gift of given is always greater than the gift of receiving. Doing something for someone else with the expectation of receiving some type of return is not for the right reason. The Martial Arts is about passing on knowledge, skills, and wisdom.
4-R-Square can give us a guideline, but only our actions can speak louder than words. The Instructor, Teacher, and Professor must always be conscientious of their actions and words for they are charged with the trust, respect, and duty of those who paved the way before them.
KJN James R. Hogwood, PhD.
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