It is common knowledge that the more time and effort you put into developing a skill the faster and farther you can go to become great! After a long day at school, or the Dojo, it may be hard to find motivation to practice. Let’s do ourselves a favor and get moving, to get motivated.

Ask yourself, what is the most important thing you want to achieve in Martial Arts.

Knowing what you want to get out of your training will help you set your goals. Goals can help to get you motivated. We set small and large goals all the time for many aspects of our lives. Martial arts training should be no different.

When you achieve your goals how does that make you feel? Do you feel pride or satisfaction?

Achieving goals allows us to set higher goals bringing us to new levels of knowledge or skill. Reaching that goal in of itself can become chemically important to the overall health of the person. It is scientifically proven that when we achieve our goal, we get a burst of endorphins. This makes us excited and happy for a period of time and so we set higher goals and this process continues. This is the perfect time to get yourself up off the couch, keep the momentum going and get moving.

If you equate practicing to setting and reaching goals, you will look at it with anticipation rather than dread.

Break it down into small achievable steps and you will be to your goal before you know it. I see life as being a journey of learning and improvement of oneself. If we are constantly striving to become better, stronger and faster, then we are chemically improving our overall mental well being. This will also help improve your overall health. So let’s get motivated, get moving and start practicing.