Learning martial arts teaches you a lot more than how to defend yourself. It instills time-tested positive traits in you as you progress through the ranks, attributes that can help you in your personal and professional life.
It will even make you a better business owner.
This article will explore how learning a martial art specifically improves your ability to be successful in business:
1) It teaches you to embrace failure
People who never learn to embrace failure are less likely to be successful in life, much less as business owners. Failing at something is a normal part of the learning process, and you limit your ability to grow when you let your fear of failure prevent you from reaching for your dreams.
Failure becomes an even bigger part of your life when you start a business. Nine out of every ten business startups fail, so it’s virtually impossible to build a successful business without dealing with a few setbacks on your way to success.
Learning martial arts teaches you the importance of embracing failure. Everyone who steps on the mat for the first time starts as a white belt. That means you will execute moves poorly, get tired before your training partners, and lose practically all of your sparring matches.
Your instructors and training partners will be right there to pick you up and push you to keep trying. You might have somedays you second guess your decision to learn martial arts, but, sooner or later, everything will begin to fall in place.
You’ll start executing moves that once left you dumbfounded with a high level of skill, you’ll start winning a lot more of your sparring matches, and your cardio will no longer fail you when you perform drills. It highlights the importance of not being worried about failing and having a never-quit attitude. Your willingness to embrace failure will give you the strength you need to keep pushing forward when your business runs into obstacles. Your experience as a martial artist reminds you that each failure is an opportunity to learn something new.
Failing at something is not the worst thing that can happen to you. Never trying to accomplish your dreams is a lot worse as it leaves you with regret.
2) It teaches you the importance of controlling your emotions
Mastering your emotions goes a long way in the business world. Being successful at business requires you to be able to tackle problems in the most efficient logical manner. There’s no room for extreme emotions in the business world.
As a leader, having emotional outbursts breeds a toxic workplace environment. It can make your employees reluctant to bring things to your attention or ask questions that could prevent major mishaps if they are worried you might decide to throw a tantrum.
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As a business owner, you are constantly going to have to deal with rejection, disappointments, and setbacks. The earlier you learn to manage your emotions, the more likely you are to be successful.
Martial arts go a long way when it comes to learning how to manage your emotions. The first time you step on the mat, you will likely hear your training partners and instructors repeatedly telling you to relax. They do this to get you to learn to be comfortable when executing techniques or on the receiving end.
Being relaxed also allows you to pick up the little details that separate the advanced students from the beginners.
3) Provides stress relief
Running a business can be very stressful. You are constantly being pulled all over the place. One second you are talking to a client, then it’s off to go clean up the mess one of your employees make. Constantly having to juggle multiple tasks and figure out the solutions to problems that never seem to stop can put you in a bad mood. Holding all that negative energy inside you just makes things worse as you end up releasing it on one of your staff or family members.
Martial arts give you a positive way to get rid of all the stress and frustration that builds up inside you as you run your business from day to day.
— Evolve MMA (@EvolveMMA) August 18, 2019
When you walk into the martial arts gym, you get to unleash all that energy when you train. You can imagine a heavy bag is the obstacle that is in your way, and punch and kick away. You’ll feel a lot better when you are done, and you’ll also get a good workout. This triggers a release of feel-good hormones in your brain, which elevates your mood and keeps you in a more relaxed state. Your head will be a lot clearer by the time you leave the martial arts gym.
4) Teaches you how to learn
Learning a martial art teaches you the importance of not letting your ego get in the way when learning new things. As a martial artist, you come across countless moves that are all completely new to you. Over time, you master many of these moves, and you do this by not bringing your ego to the martial arts gym with you.
When a training partner taps you out, you reflect on the series of events that led to it and learn from the mistake. If one of your training partners has a technique that connects with a high-level of accuracy, you pull them to the side and ask them to teach you.
That is what martial arts is all about. Everyone learns from everyone. That is the attitude you need to be successful in martial arts and as a business owner.
Always being open to learning new things from anyone who is willing to teach you will propel your business to success. It might take a year or a decade to meet all your goals, but you will eventually get there if you are always learning and adapting.
The most successful people in the world enjoy the learning process. These people go through several books a week and are always looking to learn something new. It’s an attitude worth imitating.
So if you’re looking to level up your personal and professional life, give martial arts a try!
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