CONFIDENCE : A FEELING OF SELF-ASSURANCE
TO BUILD TRUE CONFIDENCE…
How do we build “True Confidence’? In our Student Creed, we build “True Confidence” through Knowledge in the Mind, Honesty in the Heart and Strength in the Body.
Building our knowledge comes through education and experience. Not all education is achieved in institutions of learning. We learn from others especially those who care about us and want the best for us such as our parents. They help us learn through their experiences including successes and failures in hopes that we don’t repeat the same mistakes they did while growing up. We also build our knowledge through other people, however, we need to know whether their information is good or bad. That’s where the help from those who care about us is very important. And then, of course, we go to institutes of learning to learn from people who have been taught to teach us. As we gain knowledge we become more self-assured in communicating with others and presenting our ideas.
Honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. Honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position. Honesty is being forthright and righteous. How does this relate to confidence? Well, when you are always honest, you need not worry about covering up lies or deceit. You can be self-assured that you can confidently make friends and keep friends. Honesty combined with knowledge, shows others that you can lead in a positive constructive way. Honest people are more respected and trusted by others.
Having a strong and healthy body gives us the endurance and tenacity to complete difficult tasks and to know we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. People respect strength when it is combined with knowledge and honesty. Strength in the absence of knowledge and honesty usually produces bullying tendencies. We look up to athletes because of their physical strength. We look up to educators because of their knowledge. We look up to government and spiritual leaders because of their honesty.
Grand Master Jhoon Rhee wrote our student Creed in 1962 as the foundation for “good” martial artists. He understood that martial arts is not only about fighting and self-defense, it is an avenue for developing people who will have the confidence to give back to our society in a positive way as he did. So continue to build your knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart and strength in the body so that you will have the true confidence to help and lead others towards success in life.
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