Finding out what’s on the other side of complete and utter failure is a terrifying notion. What if, though, success and greatness lie beyond that failure? You owe it to yourself to push further. . .
BECAUSE PUSHING BEYOND FAILURE BUILDS CHAMPIONS
Stepping into martial arts can be a physically and mentally transformative experience. Many people are afraid of the grueling process of this transformation, especially the physical struggle that you will go through.
Why? You should not be afraid of failure or struggle. As former UFC contender and former Green Beret Tim Kennedy says: “Hurry up and fail.”
In a recent podcast with Tim Ferriss, Kennedy talked about a workout he did several weeks ago that left him destroyed, on all fours and dry heaving. He did the same workout with the exact same weights again just recently. This time, he blew through it with no problem.
When you push yourself to the point of failure or struggle, your comfort zone widens. Each time you break, you become stronger both physically and mentally. Just like Tan Jie Le did here in this Evolve MMA video:
MARTIAL ARTS HELPED THIS MAN LOSE 30 KILOGRAMS!
PUSHING YOURSELF BEYOND FAILURE
It’s not easy to push yourself to failure each time. In fact, you will probably quit many times before you are able to consistently push yourself to that point. That’s fine. The point is to stay on the path.
It’s not easy to override the programming of quitting. Even David Goggins, who could be considered the toughest man alive, had a habit of quitting when he was younger. People aren’t superheroes. However, if you keep bringing yourself back to it, you may be able to get there.
If you want to build mental toughness, you have to build it like any other habit. It is something that you must try and drill into yourself again and again. One experience is not going to turn you into the Terminator.
Making yourself mentally tough is a grueling process. But it can be done! Just like it can be possible to completely change yourself physically, it is possible to change yourself mentally.
- 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.