This blog is predominately about attitude and how it affects your life. Martial Arts heavily relates to this subject, especially because of its connection to helping people realise their true potential. The most effective by-product of learning martial arts from a good mentor is a shift in the way you think. The way you see yourself. The way you see others and what you are truly capable of in this life.
The benefits of learning martial arts from the right individual/s will enhance your physical fitness, strength, self-protection, confidence, focus, goals, perseverance, discipline, patience, tolerance and your physical and emotional control. The list can literally go on and on!. Most of all, your attitude and outlook on life. For me martial arts is life enhancement training. There is not a single facet of martial arts education that I can think of that does not improve or relate to all areas of someone’s life.
Your attitude is one of the most important, most powerful factors in your life. In fact, just about everything you achieve or don’t achieve can be traced back to your attitude. To be honest, good attitudes bring good results, and bad attitudes bring bad results. It is your attitude, more than your aptitude, that will determine your altitude.
When teaching martial arts and learning martial arts your attitude is everything. I’ll ask my students to give me the words they would use to characterize a successful human being.. The most popular answers are attitude, enthusiasm, determination, motivation, confidence, positive thinking, dedication, will, balance, and patience. Very interesting. None of these qualities have much to do with physical or mental abilities. They all relate to attitude in some way.
The mind is the most powerful tool you will ever have, your individual aspirations and goals determine your own self-motivation. Practicing positive self-talk builds a strong subconscious and conscious habit that will serve you in every area of your life.
Martial arts training is a unique vehicle that strengthens and enlightens the mind so you can believe in and realise your true capabilities. This breeds positive thoughts and triggers curiosity, which in turn builds self-motivation and the will to learn.
How to build the right attitude
- By being in a positive environment and surrounded by good role models you begin to be inspired to be the best you can be.
- Learning how to be physically capable builds self-confidence.
- Through physical exercise you gain fitness and fulfillment.
- Through hard work and determination to move forward in the ranks you learn discipline.
- By enjoying every lesson and improving incrementally and facing challenges both mental and emotional, you understand accomplishment.
All of this starts with a spark to be better. The decision to come through the doors. Your success and accomplishments in martial arts, as in your life begins with your attitude.
More often than not, your attitude is the number one determining factor in your success. With the right attitude, you’re almost certain to achieve your goals. The good news is, your attitude is self-chosen. You control whether or not you will be successful in life, regardless of your natural ability.
You can always be better. You can have a stronger body. You can have better relationships. You can be more co-ordinated, you can be confident, you can have a happy and rewarding life, If you have the right attitude.
In all fairness, it is your responsibility to change your attitude. If it’s not as positive or as powerful as it needs to be. Well. No one “gave” you your attitude, and no one can “take” it away—except you. It’s your responsibility.
If you are aware of your need to change your mental outlook or build self-confidence. Surround yourself with positive people and find a great mentor. Finding a great martial arts school will give you all these qualities and help you more than you could ever imagine. We will help you believe in yourself.
Making a decision to be better and work on your attitude is the first step. No matter where you are in life, you can bet that a shift in attitude is all you need to move things back in a positive direction. You must be willing to admit to yourself that you can be better and make a conscious effort for change.
One of the things I read recently that really stood out for me was about a motivational speaker who asked his audience “How long have you been alive? ” One audience member said something like “39 years.” He said, “No. That’s how long your heart has been beating. How long have you been ALIVE? How long have you been on fire?” That’s when his audience “got” it. They realize it’s their attitude that’s pushing them forward or holding them back.
We are all influenced by our environments. Home. School. Work. Friends. Neighbourhood. Teachers and Peers. But ultimately it is we that choose our attitude. Being around positive people and building self-reliance and self-confidence will definitely help your cause. Being inspired by others and motivated by other peoples passion helps build enthusiasm and self-motivation.
Setting goals from the heart and making progress towards those goals shapes attitude. Making a conscious effort to help others, having self-respect and enhancing self-esteem will enhance your attitude. As you can see, Attitude is everything in Martial arts. Well. You can understand now that it has a lot more to offer than training on combat, violence and self-defence.
It is my goal that by writing and sharing these blogs, by relaying pertinent information and by showing the correlation between mental and physical improvements through the martial arts, that you will become more self-aware and start setting your goals on self-improvement today. More importantly start strategizing and planning on how to achieve those goals. It is a huge subject, so many areas in one’s life. Start somewhere and start now. Own your attitude, always improve your attitude and Keep educating yourself. Read books. Read these blogs. Train Hard. After all, “knowledge is food for the human spirit.”