So perhaps you’ve taken that first step by committing to a gym and embarking on your martial arts adventure. Well, that’s a great start, and we’re positive you will take the necessary steps to evolve into the best version of yourself, ever! But before you deepen your practice, there are some common mistakes you might want to take note of – because these will not only take you further away from your goals but also hinder your progress.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Mistakes To Avoid Making During Your Martial Arts Journey:
1) Having unrealistic expectations and goals
In the beginning, you probably have all kinds of goals you wish to work towards and achieve. However, one thing you have to ask yourself is whether those are attainable. Of course, the sky is the limit, and we encourage you to dream big – but if you set unrealistic goals (like losing 10kg in 2 weeks), you might end up feeling burnt out at an early stage and give up.
It helps to remember that progress is always way more important than perfection and to focus on improving by 1% each day. When you do so, you can then work towards achieving your short term goals that lead you to your desired outcome.
2) Prioritizing power and speed over technique
Yes, we know. Those fancy moves look really exciting, especially when they end in knockouts. The thing is, mastering them takes a whole lot of patience, dedication, and effort. After all, it takes countless hours of drilling and training for results to show.
If you think about it, you won’t be able to execute any move well if you don’t have the technique nailed down, which is why that should be your biggest priority. When you focus on speed and power, rather than technique, you can actually reinforce bad habits that will be harder to get rid of later. Trust us, once you master the technique, speed and power will follow.
3) Comparing yourself to your peers
It can be pretty disheartening to take a long time to grasp techniques, and it might feel worse to notice everyone else picking it up at a faster rate. But here’s the thing: no two journeys are the same, and everyone learns and progresses at a different pace. So, if you have the tendency to compare yourself to your peers, it’s time to stop. Instead, why not use that time and energy to be productive and work on yourself, so that you can ultimately improve?
4) Staying within your comfort zone
As comforting as it is to stick to what you’re familiar with – be it a training partner or a specific combination, the harsh truth is that doing so for too long will hinder your progress in the long run. After all, when you fall into the trap of being too comfortable, you’re less likely to push yourself and break your limits.
When you make it a point to wander beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone, you will challenge yourself on a regular basis. Hence, there’s no doubt that you will become a much bolder individual, and of course, go on to achieve great things.
5) Throwing in the towel when things get difficult
It’s always tempting to give up when things get tough, especially when the easy way out is always there. That’s why, more often than not, people throw in the towel because it’s just so much easier to walk away than to face the difficulties.
When you face obstacles during your martial arts journey, you might get frustrated and feel like giving up. During such moments, it helps to remember that nothing worth having comes easy and that weaknesses can always be turned into strengths – if you’re willing to work on them. So stop making those excuses and start working towards becoming your best self!
There’s no doubt that martial arts is one of the most rewarding journeys that you can ever embark on. So tell us, are you ready to evolve into the best version of yourself?