6 Small (but Powerful) Habits That Will Change Your Life

It doesn’t matter whether you practice martial arts or not. At some point in life, you might find yourself getting stagnant – especially when you notice that your progress has slowed down despite your efforts.

But don’t be disheartened. Instead, remember that nothing worth having comes easy; and that you’re not the only one who feels this way. We believe that you don’t have to be stuck in this rut, because maybe all you need to do to get out of it is to simply develop some new habits to get back on top of your game.

If you’re ready to get out of that rut, then read on! Today, Evolve Daily shares 6 Small (but Powerful) Habits That Will Change Your Life:

1) Start and end each day with a smile

Martial arts boosts endorphins, so your kids would feel great after every class!

Martial arts boosts endorphins, so your kids would feel great after every class!

Most of us get so caught up with day-to-day life that we often forget to just take a step back, and appreciate the simple things in life. Unfortunately, this only leads to more stress and fear – which ultimately sucks all our energy and leaves us exhausted, beaten, and disheartened.

But here’s the thing: you are what you think. That’s why it’s so important to always look on the bright side of life, and choose to think positive, even when you’re facing the toughest situations. Think about it. When you change your negative thoughts into positive ones, your problems could very well transform into opportunities for you to grow.

When you learn to change your mindset and focus on the good things, you’ll not only be a much happier person, but you’ll also have better overall health. And the best part? You’ll notice that you’re able to turn your weaknesses into strengths.

 

2) Be realistic, and take it easy

Strength and conditioning is an important aspect of every martial artist's training.

Strength and conditioning is an important aspect of every martial artist’s training.

While it is important to have lofty ambitions and dream big, don’t forget to keep it real and start small if you have to. After all, it takes time to make progress.

When you force yourself to make dramatic changes and expect overnight results, you’re only setting yourself up for major disappointment – and you might end up feeling so burned out that you give up altogether. We believe that it helps to work towards smaller, more realistic short-term goals; and to focus on one thing at a time. Of course, you should always keep your ultimate goal in mind and work towards it!

So change your mindset, and have patience. Especially in those moments when you feel like your efforts are not paying off, and that success is too far away. Trust us, it’ll all be worth it in the end!

 

3) Stop comparing yourself to others

BJJ enables a smaller person to overcome a stronger, bigger opponent.

BJJ enables a smaller person to overcome a stronger, bigger opponent.

One thing that we often forget is that everyone is on a different journey, and that we might all end up taking different routes to get to our destination. Hence, we sometimes get frustrated and feel inadequate when we compare ourselves with “better” people.

But here’s the truth: there is no “better” person than you, because the only person you should compete with is yourself. Always aim to be better than you were yesterday, and of course, eventually become the best version of yourself.

So the next time you feel frustrated when you fail to master a technique which your training partner nailed down in one lesson, don’t immediately write yourself off and throw in the towel. Instead, get advice from him/her and make it a point to drill until you get it right. Remember, progress is always more important than perfection.

 

4) Always be kind to yourself

Training with a heavy bag improves your power and technique.

Training with a heavy bag improves your power and technique.

For some of us, it is much easier to beat ourselves up rather than be kind of ourselves. But did you know that this could be what’s preventing you from making progress?

Negative self-talk does nothing but take you further away from achieving your goals, while damaging your self-esteem and confidence in the process. Instead of harping on the fact that you failed to achieve your goals, you should be proud of yourself for trying in the first place (and of course, pick yourself up and try again!)

If you’re not sure how to start being kind to yourself, we suggest treating yourself like how you would treat your best friend – especially in the moments when you stumble.

 

5) Establish a routine, and always plan in advance

ONE Superstar Bruno Pucci teaches BJJ at Evolve MMA.

ONE Superstar Bruno Pucci teaches BJJ at Evolve MMA.

It’s true that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. That’s why we cannot emphasize on the importance of making a plan enough. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new diet or training regime that you intend to kick-start – the best way to stick to it is to make plans!

When you plan in advance, you’re more likely to commit to your plans and not make excuses at the last minute. Before you know it, you’ll find it easier to stay focused on what you wish to achieve.

 

6) Monitor your progress with a journal

Crunches build your core strength.

Crunches build your core strength.

You don’t have to use pen and paper if you’d rather record it on an online blog or your phone. What matters more is that you’re logging your activities and goals, while keeping tabs on your progress.

Besides keeping you motivated, you can always read this journal on a bad day to remind yourself that you’ve made it so far. So why give up, when you’ve already gone through so much to get to where you are?

 

If you’re going through a tough time dealing with being stagnant now, try developing one (or more) of these habits and more importantly, don’t give up. All of us at Evolve Daily believe that you’ve got it in you to achieve great things, so go on, climb out of that rut and move towards success!

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