The Edge Center Blog
Concepts, Ideas & Meditations of Master Vince Damiano
There are many character development programs out there and most of them are found in Martial Arts schools. Where a lot of programs claim to teach character building they promote it as an automatic byproduct of the training they offer and not a specific program. Others will buy a commercial program and plug it into their curriculum expecting it to generate results.
However- character building has to be custom tailored to the individual, through an intelligent process and then cultivated based on their needs, values and beliefs.
We first start by understanding what a student is looking for. There are some students that don't want to take the time to accelerate their development, rather they just want to grow through live and that's fine. For those that want to enhance who they are will show that. They might not say it, but their actions and attitude will tell you.
We then move towards values. What do they hold most important to themselves? What makes them who they are? When things get hard what do they default to?
Once we determine what makes someone tick, we get into their core beliefs. These are the meat and potatoes of personal character. Personal beliefs are what drives your life or holds you back. These also include weaknesses that someone may have.
I personally love building up a person's weakness because it shows the most profound results. If a person believes they have a weakness, we forge it into a weapon so powerful that no one can use it against you.
When seeking out a program for personal enhancement, whether it's for you or someone else- Make sure there's more to it than just arbitrarily saying words before and after class. Most Martial Arts schools are known for this. There is a ton of "industry constants" that make school owners think that simply teaching their art makes them life skill experts. Be sure that the instructor has a solid background in Leadership & Personal Development and has a proven track record of results.