Greetings all. I come with a question for everyone. Being an instructor at the dojang where I train, and being rather successful in my Poomsae competitions, my Sabumnim has made me responsible for training and guiding the Kup students in the area of correct technique both for general correct practice and for competition purposes. I know that training Poomsae is not easy, many details are required and while orienting their trainings I have come to remember some of my earlier trainings where I was trying to achieve some of the most basic stuff and details. I have been able to have most people do some nice stuff during the last year, especially the steps, but there is a lot more to work at. However, a problem has came up. The other day, my Sabumnim came to me and another instructor responsible for the Kyurugi part and complained about how, most people, seem to not show the will and determination that we do. They train hard and try to grasp the concepts of technique, yet they do not push themselves beyond their limits, regardless of how much we try to motivate them and guide them. They always seem to be brought down more by their "failures" (which result on a high demand for correct performance from our part) than in what they can achieve, and we do focus that what they are trying to do takes times and isn't something one can achieve over the night. After what he told us, we had a talk with the Kup and I even told them about past results the Dojang had had in Poomsae competition that were overwhelming. That what made distinction from us to the others where our spirit and the determination we presented. While I believe that worked on their morale to some extent, I don't find it enough. They will be having a small competition next Saturday and the nationals by the end of the month. How do I help them keep motivated at all times? How do I make sure that they do appreciate the small, yet significant advances they make and, more importantly, how do I make them push beyond their safe zone? Have any of you encountered a similar situation? Everybody's opinion is more than welcome and much appreciated.