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Motivational Quote of the Week (10/24/16)

Motivational Quote of the Week:

"Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes." -Gautama B.

Endurance is one of the most important aspects in many sports, as a professional athlete needs to be able to maintain a certain level of performance. Though some see endurance as mostly a physical aspect, focusing on increasing physical cardio and strength to improve their endurance. However I suggest that mental endurance is more important than the physical endurance of a person. I'm not suggesting that having only mental endurance is good enough, having both strong mental and physical capacity is important. I'm just suggesting that the mental aspect needs to be a vital part in training. For having strong mental fortitude allows someone to endure more training and stress. Training in general tends to be quite stressful, as you willingly sacrifice pain for gain, all the while you're fighting off the thought of quitting. This ability to withstand a large amount of stress on the mind and body gives the opportunity for the person to make bigger gains. As a person with weak mental endurance won't be able to experience a large amount of stress before taking a break. 

To be able to increase your mental endurance, you must able to react in a productive manner and create a habit of increasing the amount of stress you endure. Just like how our body is affected by our habits, our reactions to stress are also affect by our habits. Being aware of your habits is the first important aspect of changing them into more productive habits. For example, in our martial arts classes we repeatedly tell our students to never whine when asked to do a drill or exercise. We tell our students this because we understand that if they continuously whine every time they're asked to do something they'll create a habit of whining. We instead tell our students the importance of each exercise and how it increases their ability. Being able to see an exercise as an opportunity to improve yourself will lessen the stress of the task. However if you perceive an exercise as a grueling and torturous act, you'll create more stress within your mind that'll negatively affect your workout. Lastly, you must be willing to challenge yourself on a daily or weekly basis to increase your mental endurance. There are plenty of ways to challenge yourself, my rule of thumb is as long as I'm doing 1% better than I did yesterday I'm making an improvement.

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