“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” – Winston Churchill
At some point of your martial arts journey, you will make some mistakes in training. That’s part and parcel of it, so don’t worry if you sometimes stumble and fall. After all, if you don’t make any mistakes, you won’t learn from them and as a result, won’t grow as much as you want to.
So don’t be afraid of making mistakes, instead, be afraid of not learning anything from those mistakes. When you learn from your mistakes, you not only become a better martial artist but a better person as well. This is because some lessons you learn from the mistakes you make in training will help you in everyday life.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Mistakes You Make In Training That Will Help You In Life:
1) Failing to plan ahead
It’s true that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. You probably struggled to consistently attend those martial arts classes when you didn’t factor them into your schedule. After all, when you don’t make plans in advance, there’s a higher chance that you won’t follow through and stick to your plans.
When you carry this bad habit to other aspects of your life, you will find that your plans are usually a mess and that you’re having problems being organized when it comes to your schedule. As a result, you might not be able to manage your time properly. So make it a point to plan, even if it’s laying out your day first thing in the morning when you wake up!
2) Being afraid to step out of your comfort zone
Whether it’s sticking to the same sparring partners or those few combinations we’re familiar with, we’ve all been guilty of doing what’s comfortable at some point. Well, doing so keeps us worry-free since our comfort zone is so cozy and safe – which is why we feel better doing so.
Unfortunately, when you don’t wander beyond the borders of your comfort zone, you won’t be challenging yourself. Hence, you will hinder your progress and growth. When you do one thing that scares you every day, no matter how small, you will challenge yourself to be better and of course, have the courage to try all kinds of new things.
3) Losing your focus
It’s not always easy to block out everything that’s around you, especially when there are so many things that can distract you. Perhaps this causes you to jump from one place to another fairly quickly, and as a result, don’t ever see results from anything. Even if you decide that you don’t want to do any more strength training classes after trying the first time, the least you can do is finish what you started, and focus on whatever’s in front of you.
4) Going for quantity rather than quality
Sure, you can hit the heavy bags at full power as quickly as you can – with the wrong technique. However, when you do so, you’re not going to make the kind of progress you’re seeking, and might even pick up some bad habits when executing those techniques. While it’s great to be taking action, doing so in the wrong manner will you take you further away from your goals.
Similarly, if you compromise the quality of your work just so you can produce a larger quantity in a shorter time, there’s a chance you won’t do a good job. As a result, you might end up submitting slipshod work which you’ll have to spend more time re-doing.
5) Expecting instant results
When we work towards unrealistic goals or expect overnight results, we’re only setting ourselves up for disappointment. After all, nothing worth having comes easy. Unfortunately, we sometimes do this because we’re just so caught up in getting to the destination – and forget about the journey in the process. The thing is, we have to go through the journey and put in the hard work that’s required to reach our destination.
Once you understand that, you’ll learn to be patient and celebrate all your victories along the way (yes, even the tiny ones!) By doing so, you will then be able to enjoy the process and lead a more fulfilling life.
As bad as mistakes seem, we honestly wouldn’t be able to improve and become better martial artists and people without them. So tell us, how many of these mistakes have you learned lessons from?