You’ve already come so far, you approaching the very pinnacle of your martial arts journey. The end is near, but it still feels so far away. The black belt you have been yearning for since the very first class is just slightly out of reach. You know you can get there, but the effort and time it is going to take to achieve it is putting a downer on your training. You’re not sure whether you have enough energy left to finish the task you set yourself at the beginning.
This is what is referred to as hitting the wall. There is no way around the wall – you can’t climb over it and you can’t tunnel under it. You have to bulldoze through it with everything you have. Here are some tips that can help you stay motivated so you can finally achieve that black belt.
Get Rid of Distracting Thoughts
When you have other responsibilities to think about, and a list of jobs to do, it can be hard to focus on just one thing for any length of time. However, if you want to keep your motivation levels high then this is exactly what you need to do. When those distracting thoughts push their way to the front of your mind, you push them straight back. Tell them to go away, and you’ll get back to them once your training session is over.
Listen to Your Body
You may be feeling down and not motivated because you’re pushing your body too hard. It’s very possible that the lethargy you feel comes from training too hard. You know what you want and so you’re going to get it. This is a good mindset to have but not so good if you push your body to breaking point before you can get there. Listen to your body and respect what it needs.
Visualize Your Achievement
Every time that wall punches you in the face, take a few seconds out to visualize your achievement. Imagine how you feel when you can finally hold that black belt in your hands, the ultimate symbol of your martial arts journey.
Fight Against Laziness
Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. This is what you need to fight against. Every time you think “I’m too tired, I’ll do it tomorrow,” make yourself get up and fight against it. Mental fatigue can be as defeating as physical fatigue, but you need to train yourself to identify the difference between laziness, procrastination, and true fatigue.
With these tips, you can surge forward and reach the highest level of the martial arts journey. You can do it!