Muay Thai is one challenge after another. Figuring out how to perform a technique or best an opponent can inspire confidence in even the youngest nak muay. . .
CHALLENGES, CONFIDENCE & CHILDREN
We’ve all felt stupid at one point or another.
When they encounter this feeling, some people quit. Others keep marching forward. Those who keep marching forward usually will get out of that slump and find themselves quite adequate at whatever skill they’re trying to learn.
People forget that greatness does not start out as greatness. Michael Jordan wasn’t the Michael Jordan when he first started playing. Even the UFC’s youngest champion, Jon Jones, was not anything spectacular before he got into the UFC.
Few start out great, yet many are great. This means that if you want to be great, you need to learn how to push through that initial slump where you feel inadequate.
How do you do that? As they say in the Evolve MMA video below – challenges.
HERE’S HOW TO INSTILL CONFIDENCE IN CHILDREN!
THE CHALLENGE OF BEGINNING
Facing and conquering challenges is part of every human’s life. You will be forced to do things you’ve never done, things you don’t know how to do, things you’re bad at doing.
If you try to live your life running and hiding from these challenges, you will fail. It’s like trying to run from Usain Bolt or hide from Sherlock Holmes – no dice.
This is why it is so crucial to embrace challenges. Not only is it simply unavoidable, but it feels good to overcome challenges. It feels good to do something you thought was impossible. However, I know that embracing challenges is not so simple a problem that one pep talk could solve it.
Here’s a tip: when faced with a challenge, break the challenge down into manageable pieces. Say that you’re constantly getting beat up by a bigger, stronger sparring partner. You don’t need to become David right away. Simply write down a step-by-step plan to overcome this challenge, then just take the first step.
All problems seem overwhelming when you look at them as a whole.
Think about fighting. You have to learn how to stand, how to move, how to take angles, etc. You need to learn about strength and conditioning, mobility, nutrition, etc. But you didn’t think of all that when you first started, did you? You just took it one step at a time. That’s the key: one step at a time.
- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.