“Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.”
How many times have you avoided doing something or missed an opportunity because you were afraid? Like limits, fear is something that exists only in your mind – and whether you realize it or not, you’re so much bigger and stronger than the things you’re afraid of.
Whether it’s flying to another country on your own, giving that potential relationship a chance to bloom, or simply trying something new, you could be missing out just because you let your fear paralyze you. If you’ve been giving in to fear for a long time and wish to stop letting it take control, then why not take matters into your hands? All you have to do is take that first step by heading to your nearest martial arts gym.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Ways Martial Arts Makes You Fearless:
1) It strengthens you in more ways than one
There’s no doubt that your body will build muscle and get stronger when you train martial arts. After all, you will be spending a lot of time in the gym training, drilling, and maybe even sparring.
However, your body isn’t the only thing that will toughen up, because martial arts will shape you to be a mentally strong individual as well. When you overcome your training obstacles and get stronger, you’ll notice that it takes much more than fear to get in your way.
2) It teaches you to thrive outside your comfort zone
If the thought of training martial arts already intimidates you, but you take that important first step, you will already be stepping out of your comfort zone – which is a great start!
During your training, you will also find yourself in situations or take risks that make your heart race (thanks to your fear, although it might later turn into excitement) – and the best part is that you will learn to explore beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone, and go on to achieve great things.
3) It boosts your confidence by leaps and bounds
As you progress in your martial arts journey, your self-confidence will also increase. Apart from the fact that you will have a toned, beach-ready body, you’ll also gain the necessary skills to defend yourself and your loved ones – should the situation call for it.
Besides that, when you go beyond your limits during training or crush those fitness goals, you’ll realize that you’re actually capable of achieving whatever you set out to accomplish. And before you know it, your self-confidence will enable you to genuinely believe in yourself, and not let anything (including fear) bring you down.
4) It enables you to roll with the punches
Are you someone who’s afraid of change? Perhaps you’d rather stick to what’s familiar and comfortable because it seems safer. The thing is, without change, you wouldn’t experience new things and/or grow as a person.
If you’re not great at dealing with change, then maybe it’s time to start training martial arts! This is because martial arts will teach you to become more adaptable and constantly deal with whatever’s happening in the moment – be it in class or during a spar. Hence, you will learn to be present in every moment and accept whatever happens because how you choose to react to it is what ultimately matters. The best part about this is that you will then be able to welcome whatever life throws at you with open arms, instead of running away in fear.
5) It shows you that you can turn weaknesses into strengths
Nobody’s perfect. But the question is, do you strive to be a better person? Well, even if you don’t at this point, training martial arts will change that. This because it exposes your weaknesses to you, and gives you the chance to work on them – so that you ultimately turn them into strengths.
Once you stop being afraid of making mistakes or dealing with your weaknesses, you’ll then be able to learn and improve on yourself – be it as a martial artist or as a person. As martial arts promotes continuous self-improvement, there’s no doubt that you will always work towards being 1% better than you were yesterday (and this includes how you handle fear!)
Ready to get into the best shape of your life and punch fear in the face? Try a class today and see what happens!