Commitment is the KEY!
Sometimes people ask why Cornerstone doesn’t accept students on a “month-to-month” membership model, and it happens often enough that I thought I would weigh in on the matter here.
Why doesn’t Cornerstone accept students on a “month-to-month” membership model? The simple answer is this:
Commitment is the Key.
The teachers at Cornerstone are professional educators, and we take pride in our ability to help our students grow and achieve in ways they never thought possible.
You see, people usually come to us with small-focus goals. They want to lose weight, make friends, blow off steam, find balance. Or they bring their children to us with the intent to instill discipline, confidence, focus, etc.
And while it is true that a quality Martial Arts education provides all of these things…
…it’s failing to see the forest for the trees to think that’s all there is to it.
What people fail to recognize…or perhaps they don’t want to admit…is that every conceivable reason a person may have for wanting to enroll themselves or their child in a Martial Arts program is a LONG-TERM GOAL.
As the old saying goes…
“Anything worthwhile TAKES a while!”
Think about it…just for a moment…
How many people do you know who have accomplished something truly big in their life? Black Belt? Eagle Scout? Master’s Degree?
Society recognizes these accomplishments for what they really and truly are: Products of hard work, perseverance, and commitment, and that alone usually tells people all they really need to know about the character and quality of that other person.
These are just examples, of course, but they’re easy examples, because they are physical, tangible manifestations of inner growth. No one becomes a Black Belt without being a strong individual on the inside as well as on the outside. And you can find similar examples all around you.
Take “Confidence,” for example. What does it really mean to be “confident?” Does it mean a firm sense of belief in one’s abilities? Self-assurance that stems from believing in your own self-reliance and capability? And if it does, how long does it really take to develop confidence? How can a person develop confidence without consistent, long-term nurturing and support? And on the other side of the equation, how can a person develop confidence without facing adversity, challenge, and failure? Can a person who’s never been forced to overcome adversity really ever be a confident person?
What about “Discipline?” Externally represented discipline is easy to gauge and see. We use words like “obedient” as synonyms for “discipline,” but that’s a disingenuous comparison. Obedience stems from discipline, but actual, meaningful self-discipline occurs far beneath the surface. Self-discipline is the ability to put yourself on a path and see it to the end without goading or coaching from others. Self-discipline is knowing right from wrong, and choosing right…even when no one is looking. Self-discipline is the ability to sacrifice “want” in favor of “need” and to carry that ability into long-term thought processes. How long, then, does it really take to develop discipline?
Why doesn’t Cornerstone accept students on a short-term basis? Because the instructors at Cornerstone actually care about their students.
As an instructor and a professional educator, I don’t look for the best students…I look for the best in my students. And it’s my responsibility to nurture and develop every student’s BEST.
The reality is that this just isn’t possible when there’s a revolving door on the school.
The instructors at Cornerstone aren’t interested in putting warm bodies in the building. Our programs are designed to attract quality students who’s presence will enrich our wonderful academy as much as our academy enriches their lives. It’s a reciprocal relationship of trust…not a transactional relationship of numbers.
Commitment is Key!
When a person starts something new they have two choices. They can put their toe in the water or they can “jump in.” I believe that “jumping in” is the only way to find meaningful success in anything, and our students come to understand this, as well.
One of the great thinkers of our age once said…
“Do. Or Do Not. There is No Try.”
And while Master Yoda may have just been a puppet, that saying, which you will find proudly displayed on the wall of our dedicated Leadership Room, sums up all the feelings I have on this subject.
Always Dedicated to Success Through Leadership,
Master Paul R. Dulaney