As a martial artist, you’re no stranger to continuous self-improvement. Because you want to become a better martial artist every day, there’s no doubt that you’d want to do the same in your daily life. So how do you go about it?
You’ve read all the inspirational articles, liked all the motivational quotes (and screenshot them) on Instagram – but something just isn’t clicking. It’s easy to read about motivation and feel inspired, but to actually take charge and change your life, now that’s a completely different animal.
If you’ve been looking to completely overhaul your life, you’ll need to take inspiration from what you’ve done as a martial artist. We at Evolve Daily can help you find true fulfilment by cultivating the life lessons you’ve learned in martial arts and adapting them to your daily life.
Here are 7 things you can do on a daily basis to instantly change your life:
1) Stop overthinking things
The great Bruce Lee once said “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” In sparring, we learn that overthinking a technique results in us telegraphing our moves, resulting in a counter move that nullifies our attack. The more we overthink things and thinking about why and how things are supposed to be, the more we’ll panic, which could result in procrastination or worse, missed opportunities.
2) When you look great, you’ll feel great
Martial arts is a great confidence booster – not just because of the self-defense skills you learn but also because it helps put you in the best shape of your life. Taking the initiative to improve your physique isn’t all that difficult, especially when you’re used to it because of training. When you feel confident about the way that you look, it will definitely show through the way you carry yourself.
In training, you learn the importance of focus in order to completely understand a technique. You disconnect from your daily life – from work, school, personal relationships and focus on the present. Why not implement this into your routine? Whether you’re at work, at a dinner, or even just taking a shower, focus on what you’re doing, and not on anything else. It could be something as simple as washing your hands. Think about how you’re washing your hands, feel the water run through your fingers, smell the soap – enjoy it!
4) Disconnect from the world for awhile
The power of social media is undeniable. It infiltrates the way we live our lives. From the moment we wake up, we immediately grab our phones and check Facebook or Instagram, eager to see what’s happening in everyone else’s lives. Instead of focusing on what other people are doing, why not live in the moment? Give the person you’re talking to your complete, undivided attention. Go for a walk and truly enjoy the scenery. There are some things that don’t require the opinion of other people.
5) Be an early bird
Are you one of those people who hate waking up early in the morning? Is the snooze button your best friend? Why not try training in the morning? Working out first thing in the morning might take some time to get used to, but the benefits definitely beat those extra few minutes of sleep. Starting your day early gives you less reason to procrastinate — the later you start your day, the more distractions potentially stand in the way of getting your work or training done.
6) Learn something new
When was the last time you learned something new (apart from martial arts, that is)? If you can’t remember, then it’s been way too long. Taking the plunge and deciding to learn something new, that’s something that takes a lot of guts and something everyone should do now and then. Learning not only expands your horizons but also helps improve problem solving, widens your vocabulary and helps you think through things differently. You’re never too old (or too young, for that matter) to learn something new!
7) Express yourself
The ability to express oneself through words is something that is in all of us. Nothing is more powerful than being able to share your thoughts with the world. Whether you choose to write in a journal, or update your status on Facebook, having your thoughts heard by the world will help you connect with others on so many different levels. Why not try it out?
As martial artists, embracing change and setting goals have become part and parcel of who you are. By adapting these habits, you can certainly work on living your best, most amazing life yet. So tell us, which of these habits will you try out soon?