Learning how to set goals, monitor your progress, and achieve those goals, is a crucial skill that everyone should have. In fact, there has been a lot of research done about goal theory, and the research suggests that setting goals leads to better performance and motivation.
Goal Setting and Martial Arts
At Innovative Martial Arts Academy we believe that goal setting is an integral part of Martial Arts and we are proud to say that our students do an excellent job of setting and reaching their goals.
Martial arts is based on the process of setting a goal and reaching it so you can set the next goal and continue to develop. In martial arts, you have a belt or rank to work towards. The first belt is the white belt, which symbolizes the beginning. Once you achieve the white belt, you would set your goal towards the next belt rank. This will continue as you move up the belt ranks until you reach the ultimate goal- the black belt.
It is because of this belt rank system that goal setting and Martial Arts go hand in hand. Students understand what they need to accomplish in order to get their belt. They know what is expected of them and they have the motivation to work hard to achieve their goal. Children who practice martial arts, understand goal setting once they earn their first belt.
Three Keys To Goal Setting
#1: Getting Started
- Often, the hardest part of any process is getting started. Remember that “a goal without a plan is a wish.” This means that, at the very least, you must decide on a starting point. Without a place to start, a plan cannot exist.
- In Martial Arts, one skill leads to the next, and you continue to build upon each skill. If you skip steps, that could lead to frustration or injury. Students learn that making steady progress takes patience. Nothing happens overnight, but with patience and effort- goals can be reached. This helps keep students motivated and confident that anything is possible as long as they keep going!
#3: Be Realistic
- Having a realistic outlook about what you can accomplish is another lesson martial arts can teach. Understanding that you will have a long road to mastery as a beginner is a barrier for many. The dream of being a martial arts master is so abstract in the beginning that it often keeps people from getting started. Understanding the reality of how much effort something takes to accomplish allows you to make a solid plan and execute it.
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