People often view the martial arts as simply a youth activity. But the reality is there are many useful benefits and applications that can be taken from the martial arts and used by adults as well. Over the next few weeks, we’ll explore how the martial arts can improve your performance in your professional life. Whether you are a small business owner, employee, or chief executive officer of a major company, there are many aspects of the martial arts that can help you improve your personal performance as well as the performance of your team.
One of the most important and impactful characteristics gained through the martial arts is self-confidence. Regardless of your age or profession, self-confidence is a key ingredient to success. The self-confident employee is going to be more likely to make suggestions to their supervisor for process improvements. The self-confident small business owner is more likely to take the necessary risks that will create long-term success for their business. And the self-confident CEO will more easily gain the trust and respect from employees during times of change.
The martial arts offer a great way to help individuals increase their self-confidence. Activities such as board breaking are great for helping individuals feel empowered and conquering a sense of the unknown. In addition, forms, belt promotions, and even the physical fitness aspects of martial arts training allow individuals to feel better about themselves and what they can accomplish. And every good martial arts school will remind their students that what they learn on the mats should impact other areas of their lives as well.
If you, an employee, or co-worker is struggling with low self-confidence, consider the benefits of a martial arts training program. Not only will the individual gain from it, but so will your business.
This is the first in a series of posts about how the martial arts can have a positive impact on an individual’s professional life.
James Davenport is co-owner of All American Martial Arts, which is located in Del City.