Adversity comes in all shapes and sizes. No matter how big or small our struggles are, facing them ultimately contributes to our growth and shapes us.
As unpleasant as it is to deal with adversity, we all have to face it at some point in life, because it’s not always going to be a smooth sailing journey. But that’s what makes it beautiful, because we only get stronger with every obstacle we overcome, and there are so many lessons we can learn from the battles we fight.
Want to get stronger and handle adversity better? Then maybe you should consider training martial arts. Did you know that it strengthens you not only physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?
Today, Evolve Daily reveals 5 Ways Martial Arts Teaches You to Overcome Adversity in Life:
1) It forges an unbreakable warrior spirit within you
Talk to any martial artist about their journey, and you’ll find out that there is one thing they all have in common: an unbreakable warrior spirit. This is what keeps them going, no matter what obstacles lie in their path. Also, it’s what drives them to stay strong in the face of adversity.
When you train martial arts, you’ll not only unleash your inner warrior, but also notice that you’re getting into the best shape of your life. The strength that you acquire would then tide you through your toughest days, and you’ll be brave enough to punch adversity in the face.
2) It keeps you optimistic even in the toughest moments
Ever heard of the saying “it’s all a matter of perspective”? Well, you would understand it fully when you practice martial arts. This is because you’d learn to stay positive even in situations when you feel like giving up; for example, if you take a longer time to master a technique or simply let exhaustion get to you in the middle of class.
Being able to look on the bright side of life helps you greatly – regardless of whether you’re inside or outside the ring. When you remain positive while fighting your battles, they might not be as daunting as they potentially can be.
3) It develops your confidence
The more you train martial arts, the more confident you’ll be about your ability to defend yourself. Besides that, you’ll learn to believe in yourself and silence that inner voice of self-doubt which sometimes gets in your way.
As a confident individual, you’ll overcome adversity without doubting yourself because you’ve been through so much and ultimately survived. Also, when you find yourself in challenging situations, your confidence would make you bold enough to say “try me” instead of ask “why me?”
4) It empowers you to take control of your life
“But it’s not my fault that _____ happened”
“I can’t help it that ______”
“I wish I could, but _______”
Do any of these sound familiar? We’re sometimes guilty of blaming things that we don’t have control over, especially during moments of frustration or when we’re simply having a bad day. Unfortunately, by thinking like this, we end up feeling defeated or disheartened (or worse, we beat ourselves up).
Martial arts teaches you to embrace the unknown, especially during sparring sessions, when you don’t know what to expect from your opponent. Apart from keeping you calm in such nerve-wrecking moments, training martial arts teaches you to focus on what you have control over – like perfecting that challenging technique by drilling.
When you focus on what you have power over, you’ll feel more in control of your life and hence, be able to turn your weaknesses into strengths.
5) It teaches you to love yourself
When you embark on your martial arts journey, you’ll learn how to take better care of yourself – from making healthier food choices to getting adequate sleep, and breaking those bad habits that have defined you for too long.
What’s more, you’ll learn to be kinder to yourself, especially on your toughest days. After all, beating yourself up will not help the situation in any way.
Once you love yourself, you’ll find the strength to fight for yourself, even when you feel like the whole world is against you. And that’s why we believe that this is one of the greatest things you’ll get out of martial arts.
All of us at Evolve Daily believe that you have what it takes to overcome adversity. Are you ready to unleash your inner warrior? Sign up for a trial class and take the first step of your martial arts journey!
Psst! If you’re going through a tough time now, hang in there and be the strongest you can be. You’ve got this!