How Martial Arts Can Help You Stay Mentally Strong During Life’s Toughest Challenges

How you survive through the toughest times in your life certainly could define who you are as a person. When it feels like life isn’t getting any better, you have the choice to either make it work or give up. Thus, learning how to overcome the toughest challenges in life is essential. Martial artists, especially World Champions, know what it’s like to be challenged.

There’s no doubt that martial arts helps you conquer adversity — the greatest world champions have worked through blood, sweat, and tears to fulfill their dreams. They’ve trained to work through the pain and conquered their fears all in pursuit of their ultimate dream to become a world champion.

What sets a world champion apart from others is that they have the tenacity to triumph even through their darkest hours. They are unshakeable in their moments of deep uncertainty. Perhaps we can follow their lead to help us conquer whatever challenges life may throw in our way. Today, Evolve Daily shares How Martial Arts Can Help You Stay Mentally Strong During Life’s Toughest Challenges:

 

1) Because it makes you want to become better

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is one of the most talented kickers of his era.

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is one of the most talented kickers of his era.

When you’re a martial artist, you’re always on the quest of continuous self-improvement. You’re working to improve yourself just a little bit everyday to become the best version of yourself possible. When you’re this committed to becoming better, you wouldn’t let anything come in the way of achieving your goals – not even the most trying times in your life.

 

2) Because it challenges you

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ONE Superstar Amir Khan trains hard at the Evolve MMA Fighters Program.

Being a martial artist means you’re always up for a challenge. Whether it’s finally stepping into the cage for your first MMA fight or landing a complicated combination during sparring class, stepping up to a challenge doesn’t faze you because it’s how you become a better martial artist. The more willing you are to embrace challenges, the less likely you would give up when faced with adversity. You’re a martial artist and you see setbacks as opportunities to move ahead and become the best version of yourself possible.

 

3) Because it brings you happiness

ONE Superstar Benedict Ang is one of the youngest members of the Evolve Fight Team.

ONE Superstar Benedict Ang is one of the youngest members of the Evolve Fight Team.

Martial artists are some of the happiest people on the planet. They’re constantly doing what they love to do and full of endorphins, those feel-good hormones that reduces stress. Because of this, they’re always positive, trying to see the good in everything and spread happy vibes around. Instead of dwelling on the past and feeling bogged down by tough times, they simply let it go. They know that everything happens for a reason, part of a greater process that will make them successful and happy in the end.

 

4) Because you’re used to staying outside your comfort zone

Martial artists are goal-setters and they’ll stop at nothing to achieve their dreams. They’re ready to take on whatever curveball life may throw at them, regardless of how difficult it may be. No matter how tired they are, no matter how painful it is — there’s nothing that stands in the way of achieving their dreams. They know that challenges are simply part of life and learning how to deal with them simply makes them stronger.

 

5) Because it makes you open to change

2x BJJ World Champion Teco Shinzato is a 4th degree black belt.

2x BJJ World Champion Teco Shinzato is a 4th degree black belt.

It’s natural for people to be afraid of change. After all, you’re subjecting yourself to the unknown – anything could happen. Martial artists embrace change. They’re willing to adapt and learn new techniques that help them stay ahead of the game. When you’re this open to change, it’s difficult to knock you down. You become resilient and you take life’s toughest moments and turn them into learning experiences.

 

6) Because you’re used to focusing on the present

As a martial artist, you learn the importance of focusing on the present from a very early stage. As you bump fists with your sparring partner, you learn how to tune out distractions and concentrate on the spar. You know that thinking about anything else would cause your opponent to score points on you, or worse, give them the opportunity to tap you out. Being a master of focusing on the present makes you more aware that there are just some things beyond your control. The past, the future – these all just give you unnecessary anxiety. Instead of harping on all the bad things that have happened to you, you learn how to focus on what will bring you success today. There’s no use in channeling all that negative energy, especially on things you have no control over.

 

There’s no doubt that martial arts can help you deal with the toughest times of your life. It makes you mentally strong and resilient, giving you the will to rise above the most difficult challenges life could throw at you. As the famous saying goes, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” By adapting the life lessons we learn from martial arts into how we deal with adversity, you learn how to play the bad cards you are dealt, one technique at a time.

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