Resilience is your ability to adapt to a variety of situations. It’s the strength you have to cope with physical and mental obstacles. When you’re resilient, you’re more likely to face a challenge and bounce back from it.
Martial arts training is an environment where students face obstacles all the time. You can develop a variety of skills, including resilience, through a martial arts practice.
Here are a few ways to develop resilience through martial arts:
1. Increase physical fitness.
When you feel physically strong and healthy, you’re more likely to feel strong and healthy mentally. Increasing your physical fitness through martial arts builds strength, endurance, power, speed, and agility. When you’re practicing skills with or without an opponent, you learn and figure out how to respond appropriately. As your body trains to react and becomes more fit, your mind is also training to be stronger and more resilient.
2. Stay focused on learning.
Mistakes are part of the process of learning martial arts. The question is, how will you respond to a failure or a mistake? When you’re resilient, you’re more likely to focus on how you can do something different or better the next time. You learn from the past and apply that lesson to the future. You’re more likely to bounce back and move forward when you’re focused on learning and growing.
3. Set short term objectives for long term goals.
Some martial arts goals take years to achieve. When you’re working toward a long term goal, you need to find a way to stay motivated and committed to your training. Setting short term objectives for these long term goals helps you stay patient and develop resiliency. Achieving mini-goals provides a burst of success and motivates you to keep going. Without setting and achieving goals, it can feel like you’re not making any progress. You might be tempted to give up on your training altogether. The more resilient you are, the more likely you are to persevere.
4. Work hard, but take time to rest.
Hard work pays off. However, make sure that you’re balancing hard work and training with proper rest and recovery. If you’re on the verge of overtraining, it can affect you mentally and physically. It’s hard to be resilient when you’re stressed out, sleeping poorly, and sore all the time. Make sure that you’re eating well, getting enough sleep, and listening to your body. Taking a rest day isn’t giving up. It’s how you’re able to keep going.
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