I have already lost count of the days we have been stuck at home since this movement control order (MCO) was decreed. Even today, we still read from the news that there are many people going outside. This is like a teacher asking the school children to sit still in a class. There are always some naughty ones who would not sit still. This MCO period will present a challenge to all of us. No matter how difficult, we have to face it, with failure or with glory, living or dying. This war, against the pandemic requires us to best demonstrate our consciousness of citizenship and it is also the best time to show our self-discipline.

We don’t know how long this pandemic will last, perhaps months, or years. We really have no clue now. But what we know for sure is that the new virus may appear in future. This is not our first pandemic, nor will it be the last. On one hand, all governments will learn to deal with any pandemic effectively and with minimum loss to their society. The government leaders need to decide, plan and take appropriate actions. On the other hand, what we as a citizen can do? Fundamentally, each one of us should start by mastering this important self-discipline lesson; firstly, obey and abide by the rules and regulations set out by the government. Secondly, adapt our living, habits, career and studies accordingly. Keep calm, maintain exercising, and keep safe and healthy. This may not be a revolution. A tiny change in our attitudes can lead to huge result if we do the change properly.

1 Self-Consciousness 
First, we should understand our own needs and targets. Then, we should be aware of our own characters, capabilities and situation. That way, we can satisfy our own needs and achieve our targets with our own efforts and without breaking any external rules. If we know ourselves, we can be proactive, without waiting for instruction from leaders or superiors. We should always remind ourselves to improve our ability and efficiency, so that we can move towards the right direction with less wrongdoings and more effectively.

2 Self-Control

Self-Control means one thinks three times before doing anything. One would reason our action and consider its consequences carefully. You feel like going out, when you are suppose to stay at home. You feel like drinking a cup of bubble tea, when you plan to lose weight. You feel like playing computer/mobile game, when you have not completed your homework. You feel like chitchatting in the social media, when you should be doing exercise. In short, we ought to be able to resist many distractions and influences. We can learn to control and resist. A simple way is to remind ourselves. Such as: “do your homework”, “exercise” and so on. These reminder message will be conveyed to our mind, and our mind will control our body.

3. Self-Reflection

It may be inevitable that we make mistake from time to time. Therefore we ought to confront the mistake bravely, and find out why it happened. After self-reflecting, we may feel ashamed. We would adjust our mindset, distinguish right from wrong, adopt positive thinking, fix the mistake and avoid making the same mistake again.

4 Self-Motivation

There are weak moments that we feel like giving up self-discipline. We therefore need self-motivation guide rules which mean: when to relax and when to push ourselves.

 

Lau Wai Fun

B.S PHYSICAL EDUCATION, HUAQIAO UNIVERSITY

30 YEARS OF BASKETBALL TRAINING FOR KIDS AND TEENS

 

今天是行動管制的第幾天?我已經停止計算了,這些天的新聞報導還是很多人往外跑。這情形就像是老師在班裡嚷嚷著學生坐在桌位別亂跑,但就總是有叛逆不聽話的學生愛挑戰規則不願意坐定。現在這是一場需要所有人民共同面對的艱難挑戰,哪怕翻天覆地,大家都要緊密地聯繫在一起;榮辱與共、同生共死!這一場戰爭需要我們體現出良好的公民意識,也是最需要自律的時候。

這次的疫情終究會過去,雖然不知道需要多久的時間,也許是數個月也許是一兩年,目前還說不準。但可以確定的是,類似這樣的疫情並不是第一次發生,也不會是最後一次,未來還可能會出現。接下來如何面對疫情以及將來如何處理疫情與民情,各國政府自有他們的政策與方計。那我們本身又可以做些什麼呢?回到我們教育的原點,我們是不是可以為教育做點什麼,即使說不上什麼大改革,小小的改變也許可以有大大的成果。无论大人或小孩都可以从培养自律开始做起,首先必须遵守政府/学校颁布的指令,不要想着投机取巧;然后就开始管理自己的饮食起居、生活习惯、工作与学习、保持运动、保持健康。

1 自我了解

首先我们必须主动去了解自己的需求与目标,还有自己的性格、能力与处境。这样一来,在不破坏大规则的前提下,靠着对自己所设定的要求,就能满足自身的需求以及达成目标。当我们清楚了解自己时,即使没有领导者的号令,我们也不至于那么被动,可以时刻提醒自己,提高自己的水准和效率,并可以朝正确的方向迈进,减少走冤枉路,事半功倍。

2 自我控制

明明知道在封闭中,但是你很想出门找朋友聊天;明明在减肥中,但是你很想喝一杯珍珠奶茶;明明老师吩咐了功课还没做,但是你很想玩电脑/手机游戏;明明教练规定的每日体能运动还没做,但是你只想在朋友群聊天。我们无时无刻都要抵住多方诱惑,不受外界影响,要时刻提醒自己、控制自己、约束自己。人的大脑是可以自我控制的,你只需要一直告诉你自己,“别出门给人添乱”、“别喝会胖”、“快做功课”、“动起来”,你就可以将讯息传达到你的大脑,而你的大脑会控制你的身体。凡事三思而后行,学习在做事或说话前思考前因后果,考虑清楚才发表和行动。

3 自我反省

有時候難免會犯錯,這個時候必須勇於面對錯誤,要自慚形秽、自我反省,想想自己犯了什麼錯誤、怎麼會犯錯。自我反省後要糾正自己的思想,要能夠分辨是非對錯,要保持正確的思想並改正錯誤。避免重犯。

4 自我激勵

我們難免會有意志薄弱的時候,偶爾也想放縱自己,甚至會想放棄,所以要懂得激勵自己、稱讚自己、獎勵自己。有時候休息也是為了走更長遠的路,時而放縱別把自己逼得太緊,那當然,那些必須遵守的鐵規則則就不能鬆懈下來。

 

刘慧芬/文
华侨大学体育教育学士
师资30年|儿童与青年篮球培训