One of the primary objectives of martial arts training is to help students develop the confidence they need to be successful in life. One of the key components to developing self-confidence is the ability to set and achieve goals. Studies have shown that when given all the same advantages, the difference between those who succeed and those who fail, is the ability to set goals. Confidence can be described as a belief in one's ability to succeed. Striking a healthy balance can be challenging. Too much of it and you can come off as cocky and stumble into unforeseen obstacles, but having too little can prevent you from taking risks and seizing opportunities-in school, at work, in your social life, and beyond.
Goal setting is a key component in practicing martial arts. Students of all ages start their martial arts journey by setting a goal for themselves to achieve. The first goal of any martial arts student is working towards earning their white belt. As a student achieves his or her goals, it becomes easier and easier to increase their confidence level. Martial arts training teaches individuals how to break goals down into smaller more tangible parts. Taking one step at a time. This is an excellent way to see success quickly, and allow confidence to grow.
Confidence always results from a belief that comes from within. Belief in your own competence, belief in your ability to learn and problem solve and belief in your own self-worth. Without belief in each of these things, confidence will lack. Practicing martial arts teaches students how to believe in themselves and how to obtain each of the beliefs mentioned above. Competence comes from mastering a skill. This can be something that comes naturally, but oftentimes comes from repeated practice, dedication, discipline, persistence and an internal drive to consistently improve. Once you have achieved competence in a skill the confidence it brings along with it is undeniable. Martial arts training helps individuals believe in themselves and their abilities. It boosts self-confidence. Ever hear that voice in your head that says 'you can't'. That voice is not being truthful. That voice is fear. Martial arts teaches us how to ignore that voice and persevere. Failure in the past does not predict the future, nor should it pave the way for the future. Many people must fail many times before having long-term success. Think of it in terms like this, if it can be accomplished, why can't it be accomplished by me? Hard work and determination truly does pay off. Especially with a little courage mixed in.Believe in your self-worth. This is tough for some people. Practicing martial arts builds a healthy foundation of courage, honesty, respect, humility, responsibility, discipline, patience and compassion.
Confidence isn't learned over night, but martial arts, and the community it offers, can help get you there with some perseverance, concentration, and a belief in yourself .