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Word of the Month – Confidence #3


Week 3

“Confidence comes not from always being right, but not fearing to be wrong.”
Peter T. McIntyre


Confidence for Adults

From earliest childhood, you learned to fear being wrong. That fear is so ingrained that most adults even fear the possibility of being wrong. Fear, of course, is a great
inhibitor. It creates a false mindset that convinces us to avoid any tasks or goals unless they are guaranteed success. Fear freezes our confidence and causes inaction. Being wrong or failing is acceptable when it is the result of working hard, with confidence. Don’t fear being wrong; instead, fear losing your confidence because nothing is possible without it. Any great undertaking that requires planning, hard work, and many actions include the risk of failure. Without that risk, your great undertakings are probably not worth doing. Keep your edge! Remain confident, even if you may be wrong!

Confidence for Kids

Being wrong is not a good feeling. You might think that you were stupid. You might think you are not a good person. The fear of being wrong can stop you from reaching your goals.
That is when being wrong is OK. Overcome your fear with confidence. Accept new challenges. Try a more advanced math class in school. Spend more time practicing your martial arts. Learn that difficult move your instructor taught you. Always challenge yourself, even if you’re not right. Forget your fear and do something great. You may not be rewarded, immediately, but keep trying. Remember, your Black Belt spirit!

Action For This Week

  • Name a task or goal that was a real challenge.
  • Were you worried and fearful of being wrong? How did you conquer your fear?


~ C. Matthew White, Renshi and Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for SIX YEARS IN A ROW by the American Budokai International!

Founded in 2013 by Mr. C. Matthew White a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and 6th degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and Master Instructor, Crabapple Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 4-6, and elementary age kids ages 7 and up, are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Crabapple Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay) in shape, or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at or call directly at 770-645-0930. You can also visit our website at

About C. Matthew White, Renshi:  Matt is a fifth-degree black belt in a traditional Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts – Shuri Ryu Karatedo. He is also a sixth-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu – Shintoyoshin Kai Jiu Jitsu, and a master instructor with the title of Renshi, which means Scholar in Japanese.  Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Physiology. He has been training and teaching martial arts for over 27 years and has owned Crabapple Martial Arts Academy since 2013. Renshi White is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world.

Crabapple Martial Arts Academy Headquarters is in Alpharetta, Georgia at 12315 Crabapple Road., Suite 124, Alpharetta GA 30004. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Sensei Robert Reed there or directly at (770) 645-0930.