A wise man once said carpe diem, which translates to “seize the day”. How often do you do it though? When was the last time you cast aside all your fears, worries and concerns; and just grabbed life by the horns?
Life is now. It’s the very moment we’re in, whether or not we realize it. Unfortunately, some of us get caught up in the monotony of day-to-day life or let our worries and troubles stop us from being present in the moment.
If you want to make the most of every moment, then maybe it’s time to stop telling yourself you’ll do it later, tomorrow, or someday. Because what better time is there to do what you want to do than now? It is entirely up to us to seize each moment and make it count.
1) It encourages you to live in the moment
We believe that the present is called “present” because every new moment we have is life’s gift to us. The harsh truth is that we aren’t going to be around forever, but that’s why we need to do much more than merely exist, to truly live.
Martial arts will teach you to focus on what’s happening in each present moment. That means you’ll eventually be able to tune out all kinds of distractions and give your training 100% of your attention.
Hence, you’ll always be present in every moment – whether you’re in or out of the gym. And what better way is there to carpe diem than to make the most of every fleeting moment?
2) It breaks the bad habit of making excuses
When you practice martial arts, you’ll notice that excuses get you nowhere. If anything, they take you further away from your goals.
In order to make progress, you have to do what scares you – be it grappling with someone bigger than you, or tackling a new, challenging technique. Instead of telling yourself that you’re not strong or good enough, and that you’ll figure it out another time, you’ll learn to drown out that inner voice with your decision to seize the moment. And even if you don’t succeed that time, you’ll be glad that you made the decision to just go for it.
3) It gives you the courage to punch fear in the face
Ever notice that the risks you take are sometimes what lead you to your desired destination?
As a martial artist, you’ll learn that courage cannot exist without fear. Hence, you’ll find the strength to be brave in the scariest moments. What’s more, you’ll be able to embrace the unknown and learn to keep calm in all kinds of situations. As a result, you’ll be more willing to take risks – and more importantly – you won’t hesitate to take action and chase those dreams.
4) It builds your self-confidence
Apart from transforming you into a risk-taking badass, martial arts would teach you to believe in yourself. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, who else will?
As you progress in your martial arts journey, your confidence will grow with every new technique you master, or when you finally move up a rank. The more confident you get, the less you’ll second guess yourself. That means you’ll be able to just do it, whatever “it” may be – whether it’s asking that cute guy or girl out on a date, or pitching that brilliant idea to your boss at work.
5) It teaches you to give your all in everything you do
Training martial arts would teach you to always give your 100%, and to bring your best to the table. That’s because hard work is what takes you places, and ultimately the key ingredient to making progress.
We believe that once you know that you’ve gone all out and given everything you’ve got; you can safely say that you’ve seized the day. This is because you did everything in your power to make that moment count. When you refuse to settle for anything beneath your capabilities, you’ll not only unleash your potential, but also grab every opportunity that crosses your path.
6) It gives you the strength to break your limits
When you’re so near – yet so far – from achieving your goal, do you press on despite the exhaustion, or decide to call it a day and carry on another time? Both decisions ultimately get you to your desired outcome, but do you know that the first one gets you there faster?
Ask any martial artist, and you’ll discover that martial arts shaped them to be much stronger, inside and out. Hence, they are able to push their limits and outdo themselves every time.
Once you’re able to go beyond your limits, you’ll realize that there’s nothing you aren’t capable of doing. This would enable you to dream big, and make plans to fulfill those dreams. And the best part is that you’ll learn to enjoy the process and embrace every step of your journey in the present.
So, are you ready to carpe diem everyday? All of us at Evolve Daily know that you’re more than capable of making every moment count. So go forth and seize the day!