As Martial Artists, we do our best to condition ourselves to stay calm under pressure and to remain positive in our attitudes and actions. We learn to be proactive in every situation and to search for a solution to every problem we encounter.
When faced with a challenge, many people quickly magnify negatives and often make their problems worse. Being reactive when we’re under pressure can increase stress levels and create unnecessary tension that can exaggerate the negative side effects.
If this becomes a habit, it can affect us on a deeper level. It can change our sleep patterns, cause ill health and do irreparable harm to relationships. Over the long-term, it can lead to a downward spiral and often precedes addictive, negative behaviors.
Our worst decisions are usually made when we are in a negative and reactive state of mind. Our best decisions are usually made when we are in a positive and proactive state of mind.
Martial arts training – and a proper martial arts philosophy – is one of the best ways to achieve and maintain this state.
The practice creates the best conditions for dealing with stress and distractions. The training you do on a weekly basis allows you to be present to enjoy the victories, and ready for challenges or other interruptions.
Don’t leave this stuff to change. Train your body, your mind and your emotions in order to better manage yourself.
The result is more self-discipline, more focus and a better outlook. Train yourself to be proactive rather than reactive and you’ll start to look at things differently.