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 get motivated to practice. But, get up and get moving in order to do yourself a favor. If you just get started with an activity you will find it is easier to keep up on it in the future. I use the 2 minute rule; just do it for at least 2 minutes. You can fit this in anywhere and once started you will probably keep going.

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. We set small and large goals all the time for many aspects of our lives. Martial arts training should be no different. Make an overall goal, like getting my black belt. Now how do you achieve this goal? It seems so elusive but if you break that up into smaller parts you now have something to keep you on track. You may be asking, how will this help you to get motivated to practice?

Use goals to get motivated to practice.

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

Achieving smaller 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. Science has 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.

The key is to make it manageable.

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 in order to start practicing get up off the couch and get moving.

A good article to read “Tips For Goal Setting

See CBS This Morning: How small habits and a two-minute rule can help your productivity – YouTube

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