Every once in a while, life throws us a curveball and all of a sudden everything feels hopeless. We wonder if we have it in us to make it through dire situations, especially when we’ve run out of options.
For those who train martial arts, facing tough times is part and parcel of each training session. They understand that every sparring session won’t go their way; that not every technique may come naturally to them, that sometimes they’ll run out of breath during the warm-up. For them, martial arts has given them the fortitude to help them achieve success in the ring/mats/cage.
If you’re currently facing tough times, whether in your career or personal life, perhaps you can take inspiration from martial artists and see how you can turn your worst days into your best.
Read on to find out how martial arts helps when the going gets tough:
Because it gives you the confidence you need
For martial artists, with each technique learned and sparring session conquered comes the confidence to attend the next class and beyond. It makes them believe that they are capable of doing anything they set their mind to as long as they put in the effort. When you have confidence, you believe that you can overcome any obstacle that’s in your way. No matter how tough it may seem, you are ready to put your best foot forward and get to work.
Tip: Think of all the goals you’ve accomplished and note down the ones that you thought you’d never be able to achieve. Look back at these goals and use them as inspiration to boost your confidence.
Because it makes you mentally tough
Contrary to what you may believe, everyone, including you, has what it takes to be mentally tough. Although it takes some work, it is completely doable, especially if you have the right mindset. Martial artists are undoubtedly one of the few people in the world who understand the importance of mental toughness. They know that being mentally tough helps them get through the toughest training days and succeed in competition. It gives them an edge over their opponent, showing him/her that they’re ready for anything and everything.
Tip: The minute you’re ready to give up, try to push yourself just a little bit more. Who knows, that little boost might have been all you needed to persevere.
Because it forces you to be in control
Part of being a martial artist is being in control at all times, no matter how unpredictable a match/training session can be. In order to stay in control, they must have a solid game plan that nullifies their opponent’s strengths and takes advantage of their weaknesses. Because they’re in control, it gives them the confidence they need to succeed in the ring/mats/cage. The more control you have over your life, the more power you have to shape your destiny.
Tip: By being in control, you’ll eventually believe that you have the power to influence your results. The more you believe this, the sooner you’ll see that you actually do.
Because it helps you stay committed
When you are committed to something, it doesn’t matter how many setbacks you face. Despite the tough time you might be having, you know in the back of your mind that you need to work consistently to achieve your goals. Martial artists know that they need to persevere and stay 100% committed if they want to pursue their dreams. Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nonthachai Sit-O never lost hope despite losing 12 fights in a row and being told to leave the camp. He believed that he would become a World Champion someday and through his steadfast commitment, he eventually became a World Champion and more.
Tip: Need more inspiration? Check out multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nonthachai Sit-O’s life story.
When the going gets tough, it’s tempting to throw in the towel and let life pass you by. But doing so, as we all know, could become a cause for regret later on. Instead of giving up, why not hone the qualities of a martial artist and implement them in your daily life? Perhaps it will help you unleash the warrior spirit you never you knew you had in you.