If you’ve been practicing martial arts for a while, you’ve probably noticed that your motivation tends to fluctuate. Some days you may feel excited about your training. And then other days, not so much. There are many different potential causes of a dip in your motivation. But there are also some things you can do to stay motivated and on track.
Here are a few tips to help you stay on track with your Jiu-Jitsu training:
1. Make Your Goals Public
Shifting your goals from an idea in your head to something more visible can help you stay on track. But you don’t have to share your goals with everyone. Instead, do something as simple as posting your goals where you will see them every day – like on your bathroom mirror or fridge. Seeing your goal frequently is a reminder of what you’re working toward. Another good way to make your goals public is to share them with a friend or family member. Friends and family are excellent sources of accountability, support, and motivation.
2. Commit to a Membership
Some people prefer to train on their own, and that’s great. But if you’re someone who has the tendency to struggle with staying on track and motivated, it’s worth considering committing to a monthly membership to a martial arts school. It’s much harder to talk yourself out of a scheduled class with an encouraging instructor and like-minded students. Committing to a monthly membership can help you develop a consistent training practice with weekly classes that will ultimately deliver the results you’re after.
3. Define Your Purpose
Have you ever thought about why you have a martial arts practice? The answer to this question is separate from your personal goals. Your goals are what you’re working to accomplish in the future. Your purpose is why you want to do it. Why is it important to you? Knowing and revisiting the answer to this question can be a significant source of motivation on the days you don’t feel like training.
4. Recover Properly
Proper recovery is a necessary component of all martial arts training programs. Skimping on rest and recovery will eventually catch up with you and affect your body as well as your mind. Make sure that you’re following up your workouts with nutritious foods, plenty of water, some mobility work, and a good night’s sleep. Focusing on recovery gives your body the chance to rebuild. At the same time, your brain gets a mental break as well, which can help you avoid things like burnout or boredom.
5. Keep it Fun
While we want you to work hard and achieve your goals, we also want to help you keep a healthy perspective and have fun with your training. The more you’re enjoying your practice, the more likely you are to stick with it and continue making progress. If you’ve lost track of what makes martial arts fun, think back to what brought you to it in the first place. Remember what’s fun about your training and hang onto that.
Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian will help you reach your martial arts and fitness goals. We provide the instruction and motivation you need to stay on track with your training. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.