Get Motivated to Get Your Black Belt
Written by: Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts
There are times when you just don't feel like training for your black belt. If you need motivation to get rid of a foul mood and get back training motivation, here are 10 tips to help you out.
1. Focus your mind on the current training task. Although it's quite normal to think about past and future occurrences, remember that the one hour you've reserved for training forms an important aspect to achieving your goals. Focus on training and you can switch your mind back to thinking about other stuff afterwards.
2. Listen to your body. How your body feels will affect how well you train. Always keep track of how your body feels at different times during the day. States such as fatigue and anxiety need to be taken care of before training. You can also warm up your body before training by stretching. Keep in mind that how your body feels could be a sign of an underlying condition such as overworking, stress or poor nutrition.
3. Visualize the end result. Thinking about the good feeling that comes after successfully completing a training session can be a great motivator. The thoughts don't necessarily need to indicate immediate achievement. They can just be about something that you believe might be achieved if you train well enough. For example, you might envision yourself getting into the ring with one of the UFC greats for the main event.
4. Kill self doubt. One of the greatest motivation killers is self doubt. You know that little voice that keeps saying negative stuff that only deter you from achieving your black belt dreams. If you regularly give yourself excuses why you cannot achieve black belt status, replace these with self talk, about why you can actually attain a black belt even against all odds.
5. Do more of what you like. How do you like your training sessions? Do they involve thinks you like? If your training sessions involve most of the stuff you don't like, it can help telling the instructor to include more of what you enjoy. The instructor has your best interests at heart and will most likely make the change to suit you.
6. Think about what you need to do to make progress. What have you achieved so far and what do you wish to achieve? What can inspire you to make the next steps? Some people often find that simple things like getting new training gear motivates them to move forward towards their black belt status goals. You can ask your instructor to get you new training kits if it's what will get you motivated.
7. Tweak your training routine. Your motivation might lack because you don't feel that your routine isn't getting you there fast enough. A simple change in routine such as adding the number of classes or trying out a harder routine might be what you need to get your motivation up.
8. Make up for missed lessons. Skipping a training session might leave you feeling guilty and unmotivated. You can however make up for it by scheduling a private training session, stretching or even attending a seminar. These might be the boost you need to get back in class and train.
9. Stay committed to your goals. Skipping a training session doesn't mean that you've completely failed. It actually offers the opportunity to assess what you want to achieve and remind yourself that it can only be achieved one step at a time. It offers the opportunity to remind yourself that physical strength, high energy levels, good health and an alert mind can be achieved through training. Prepare yourself physically and mentally to head back to training the following day.
10. Write down your training values. Why do you want to become a black belt? The answer to this question should guide you each day whenever you lack motivation. It will help you go to training not because you have to but because you want to. A good way to ensure that you live up to your training values is to let your instructor know about them. Besides enabling the instructor know how to help you achieve your black belt, you'll remain motivated to prove to your instructor that you aren't willing to quit until you have attained your black belt.