No matter your level or stage of training, seeking improvement on a regular basis creates the conditions for optimal performance.
When it comes to martial arts training, this is one of the foundations to becoming a diligent student. Most of us understand that pursuing higher, broader, longer-rage goals makes more of us than pursuing shallow, short-sighted goals.
What you become in the pursuit of a challenging goal transforms you more than an easy one.
The black belt mindset is one in which we choose to pursue excellence rather than accept mediocrity.
We’re not talking about becoming a perfectionist with an all-or-nothing approach to challenges or goals. We’re talking about preparing well through physical, mental and emotional training to be able to optimize the results we get in our lives. The outcome is a continuous, continuing life-long journey of personal growth and improvement.
Areas of improvement can include:
- Martial arts – how can you improve your attitude and attention to become a more complete martial artist?
- Personal relationships – how can you become a better, more tuned-in listener with family and friends?
- Career – where can you use your time more effectively and efficiently?
- Finances – how can you save, invest and spend wisely?
- Emotional mastery – how can you create the disciplines for better self-control?
Either excellence or mediocrity can become a habit. Which would you rather create?
Excellent health would give you greater energy to train and do the things you want to do each day. Excellence in emotional mastery would mean more self-control and self-confidence.
Both daily disciplines and daily errors are compounded over time, and it is your responsibility to make sure they’re adding up to something valuable. This is why we believe in the pursuit of a challenging, worthy goal like Black Belt, both for you and those around you.
Strive to bring out the best in yourself and others through constant and never-ending learning, on and off the mat.