Everyone goes through a rough patch in their martial arts journey. Whether it’s having a bad day at training, losing a tournament or simply not being able to train at all – everyone has a reason to feel bad about their martial arts journey every once in awhile.
As martial artists, it is our duty to motivate ourselves and get out of whatever slump we’re in. As the saying goes, pain, both physical and mental, is merely temporary but glory lasts forever. And we can’t ever get there if we just keep feeling bad about ourselves.
We at Evolve Daily understand what you’re going through. To change your negative mindset into a more positive one, here are a few suggestions we’ve come up with. Hopefully this will make life a bit easier for you.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 8 Life-Changing Solutions For Every Martial Artist:
1) From: I’m not very good at this
To: What am I missing?
Even the most decorated martial artists know that technical knowledge is an aspect of martial arts that needs constant work. New techniques are being developed everyday and old ones are being refined. When you can’t understand a technique, instead of giving up immediately, why not look back and see what you’ve done wrong? Ask one of your training partners or your instructor for help. It’s what they’re there for.
2) From: I quit!
To: I’ll ask my instructor for help.
As martial artists, we know that quitting should always be our last resort. By giving up, we believe that we have no chance of reaching our goals. Instead of surrendering completely, why not ask our instructors for advice? After all, they’ve been there before. They know what it’s like to be pushed to the brink, so why not ask for help to get over it?
3) From: I don’t think I can make this any better.
To: I can always improve, so I’ll keep trying.
It’s easy to just throw in the towel and give up completely. But what does it mean for you as a martial artist? Where are the values you’ve learned after all this time? Before giving up, look back at your journey and see how much you’ve improved. Hopefully, this will inspire you to keep on working on your goals.
4) From: Martial arts isn’t for me.
To: I’ll just keep on training and see how I feel in a few days.
Training day in and day out and not seeing any improvement can get frustrating. Sometimes, it may even force you to make a decision you might regret. Don’t let these feelings of frustration get to you. You’ve come this far – so why stop now?
5) From: I made a mistake in class today.
To: Making mistakes will make me better.
It’s natural for everyone to make mistakes in class. Not everyone has perfect techniques – that’s why we aren’t World Champions yet. What’s important is that we learn from these mistakes and turn them into strengths. There are so many ways we can become better martial artists, working on our mistakes is just one of them.
6) From: He’s really talented, I’ll never be that good.
To: I’m going to talk to him and see what he does differently so I can try it.
There’s always that guy who seems to be gifted. He understands techniques easily, seems to be naturally athletic – basically the complete package. Instead of building on your feelings of envy (and eventually, dislike), why not ask him for advice? Who knows, he might give you that edge to bring your game to the next level.
7) From: This is fine.
To: Is this really all I can do?
As martial artists, we shouldn’t be satisfied with being mediocre. We have to take risks, leap at any chance to unleash greatness – because that’s what martial arts is all about. We should always push ourselves to the limit – mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally because we are capable of being more than average. We can be awesome if we really want to be.
8) From: Plan A didn’t work.
To: Good thing the alphabet has 25 more letters.
For every game plan that went wrong, or technique that didn’t quite work out, comes along so many other options for improvement. As martial artists, we always have to be open to learning in order to become the best we can be. The more stuck we are in our ways, the less chance we have to achieve greatness.
Tell us, how will you change your martial arts journey today?