When you think about your martial arts practice, do you feel like you show up to train and push yourself to improve? Or have things gotten a little too comfortable? If you’ve been practicing for a while and have fallen into a consistent routine, you may not be making the improvements you noticed when you first started martial arts.
Hitting physical and mental plateaus in your practice is fairly common. And as you become aware of a plateau, you might be wondering how do you push past it and reach a new level of skill? The answer is to get outside your comfort zone.
Here are a few suggestions on how to step out of your comfort zone:
1. Define your why.
Everyone has a different reason for why they practice. Some want to learn a new skill. Others are looking for a fun way to get fit and lose weight. Maybe you want to feel better and improve your self-confidence. Have you ever sat down and thought about why you show up and train? Creating a clear picture for “your why” can be a big help in pushing yourself beyond your current comfort zone. Once you have this specific reason (or reasons) in your mind, it can motivate you to show up and do more.
2. Create mini-goals.
When you train martial arts, you have to commit to the long haul. When you focus and work hard, you’ll make minor improvements every day. But these smaller improvements can be hard to notice. Especially when you’re only looking out for big gains. To avoid getting discouraged or frustrated, create small mini-goals for your martial arts practice. Rather than only relying on significant training milestones, like your next belt rank, set some smaller goals that will help you gauge progress and improvement along the way.
3. Overrule the little voice.
One of an instructor’s top priorities is to ensure that everyone stays safe and injury-free during a workout. We never want someone to go beyond the safety zone. A coach and instructor will often see what you’re capable of before you see it in yourself. One of the most significant factors in keeping you inside your comfort zone is that little voice inside your head. Rather than pushing yourself just a little bit farther, this voice will tell you to stop. To get outside your comfort zone means you must overrule this little voice. Your body might be able to handle more than your mind tells you it can.
The Ascendant Martial Arts community in Regina is here to support you and your martial arts goals. We can help you push beyond your comfort zone. For more information on how to get started, contact us today.