We all have times in our lives when we feel stuck and hopeless and afraid of stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Everyone handles it differently.
You may have read all the self-help books in the world and have the most supportive family and friends, and yet you still feel lost.
If you have exhausted all of your options maybe its time take a less conventional route to get unstuck.
Enter Martial Arts
Martial arts have been around for centuries, if not a millennium. What started as a form of self-defense has evolved into an art form that teaches you more than that.
If you want to build confidence, learn discipline, and how to create a successful routine, then martial arts is the solution.
Mia Kang, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, knows all too well what it feels like to struggle with low self-esteem. Modeling can do that to you. Mia, at her lowest point, turned to Muay Thai – a form of mixed martial arts to help her relieve built-up stress and build confidence. Muay Thai profoundly changed Mia’s self-image and confidence.
The reason martial arts classes are popular. It’s badass, and it works!
Whether it’s boxing, kickboxing, or some other form of contact sport, it gets your blood pumping, your muscles firing, and your heart beating.
Don’t get me wrong, weight training is great, but it’s not enough to get you moving forward and unstuck. It is a great way to build muscle, but if you’re looking for ways to solve things and build your character, martial arts is the way to go.
If you need further proof that martial arts is the solution you’ve been searching for, look no further than to professional fighters. They’re in phenomenal shape, look great, and exude confidence!
Let’s face it, looking and feeling great is a motivator to dig yourself out of any rut.
But its more than looking great. Martial arts teaches you discipline, goal setting, respect, and stamina while building up your confidence.
When you are trying to get out of a rut, self-confidence is essential.
Having the confidence to trust yourself, your judgment, and your capabilities are fundamental beliefs for digging yourself out of any situation.
Martial arts can help you cultivate a strong sense of confidence and the skills to learn how to trust your judgment and abilities. Skills that you will be able to transfer to other aspects of life.
As a result, you will look and feel great and be willing to trust your judgment and capabilities to work up the courage of stepping outside of your comfort zone and asking out your crush on a date.
Regardless of whether you train mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or any other form of martial arts, all of these sports have one quality in common – Discipline!
As a martial arts student, you learn to leave your ego at the door and treat the gym or “dojo” with the utmost respect. You show up on time prepared for class and speak to instructors and classmates with respect while maintaining an open mind.
Therefore, you can’t be a badass if you’re not self-motivated and disciplined. A real badass shows up rain or shine, regardless of whether they slept or not or have a strained muscle. Nothing will hold them back.
Forget about your worries from the moment you walk into the gym. Tae Kwon Do is a natural remedy for fun and stepping outside of your comfort zone. It’s one of the few activities that allow you to experience what it feels like to enjoy the present moment for a couple of hours. And it feels great!
Try it! You have nothing to lose and plenty to gain by it.
So, what should you do if you find yourself contemplating joining martial arts, but you aren’t sure where to start?
Explore Different Gyms
Not all gyms are equal. Take your time and find what works best for you. Talk to a coach, see if you jive with their philosophy and the gym culture.
Train at several gyms. Most gyms offer free trials before committing to a membership, so take advantage of those opportunities and train at as many gyms as possible before choosing the right one for you and your needs.
Things to consider when selecting a gym:
Whether you decide on martial arts or another sport to help you get unstuck, your commitment to it is critical to your success.
Martial Arts and other kinds of contact sports can help you off the cycle of bad habits. By stepping outside of your comfort zone and getting involved in an activity where you are accountable to someone else, like a martial arts instructor, a sensei, or even a life coach, you are less inclined to waver on your commitment and will have a better chance of succeeding.
Consistency goes beyond just showing up and working hard. You have to be consistent with your diet, sleep, and daily routine, too! If you choose to believe you’re doing everything right but are not sleeping enough and your nutrition is less than nutritious, then it’s probably affecting the choices you make and its contributing to your feeling of being stuck and hopelessness.
It’s time to get on with it! Start right now by creating a routine for tomorrow.
Practice deep breathing and apply commitment and consistency to the routine you created and it should help you to get unstuck. Start there!