One of the most important lessons we can all learn in life is to continue to persevere through difficulties until we reach our goal. Developing self-discipline allows us, as individuals, to tackle difficult tasks and be successful without questioning our ability or self-worth.
Self-discipline is a learned behavior. Like any other skill, it requires practice, patience and repetition in your daily life. It isn't easily defined. At first glance, self-discipline can be described as having a reason to do something and sticking with it for the duration. In order to gain discipline, we must first have an internal desire that motivates us to accomplish a goal and make that goal a reality in the long run.
Self-discipline isn't just about the process of pursuing a goal. It's more specifically about your ability to control your desires and impulses to stay focused on what needs to be accomplished in an effort to successfully achieve that goal. Self-discipline involves committing to long-term gains without falling prey to instant gratification along the way.
Martial arts teaches self-control and how to remove temptation. In order to succeed you must remove bad influences and things that make us weak.
Aside from just the nutritional benefits, eating a healthy, balanced diet and eating regularly helps with self-control. Studies have shown that low blood sugar often weakens a person's resolve. When we are hungry we lose our ability to concentrate and stay in control. It makes it difficult to focus and make good decisions. Healthy diet leads to healthy minds and bodies.
Martial arts teaches how changing up your routine and taking you out of your comfort zone can break bad habits and help you build new, better ones. This all helps in the positive decision making process.
Taking breaks and giving yourself rewards while working on self-discipline is encouraged. That is how we stay on track and reach our goals. Trying to do something cold turkey rarely works.
Martial arts is a practice in understanding that things will not always go to plan and that is okay. Pick yourself up and keep pursuing your dream. We all have setbacks. Acknowledge them, learn from them and move forward. Believe it or not, setbacks are learning experiences for the future. Staying positive is a key lesson in any dojo.
Self-discipline truly is the process of building specific habits over time that can help you obtain a desired outcome, objective or goal. In other words, it's about taking small consistent actions that help you form the habits that subsequently help you attain your goal. Having self-discipline isn't just about consistently doing something, it is more about consistently regulating and correcting your behavior in order to adapt to the changing conditions and circumstances you face on a daily basis.
Positive, realistic goals are a lesson learned continuously throughout life. Encouraging healthy habits of motivation and discipline through martial arts helps to prep our students for any goal, inside or outside the dojo.