Self improvement is the latest topic nowadays during this worldwide pandemic crisis that many people find it impossible to hold an hour long conversation with a person without the subject coming up, in one form or another, at least once. When arises, the others in the conversation are sure to join in with their own advice or stories of pursuit of self improvement.
Self improvement can come in various ways. Yet the basics of this are simple. First, have a routine. Routine is the foundation of self improvement as everything else in your life –the “superstructure” is dependent upon the stability of day to day accomplishment that routine provides. This daily accomplishment is the more pedestrian, less exciting aspects of our life, like doing laundry, going to work, taking care of the kids, maintaining the car, you know this part. It is only when this routine has become a stable, dependable program in your life that the fireworks and spaceships can appear in healthy way.
Another great self improvement aspect is simplicity. If life is just too hectic, too stressful, or just plain tiring, it’s time to say “no” to others more often, to stop volunteering for so much, and get some peace of mind. Every day a person should know peace of mind for at least half an hour –an hour, preferably. And this doesn’t include the time you lay your head on the pillow to sleep. Sleep is for recovery, relaxation is about reflection, a calming of the body without going into outright sleep. Try meditation, it’s proving to be one of the most outstanding forms of self improvement known.
In the world of self improvement there is another system that people are constantly discovering and that grows daily. And yet the vast majority of people still are not a part of this system: The Martial Arts. Martial arts cover the traditional Asian fighting arts in addition to some western fighting styles that may surprise you, as they’re not traditionally associated with the martial arts. Of the former, there is Karate, Judo, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Hawaiian street fighting, and a number of others.
In the western arena there is boxing (which even Bruce Lee commented on as being one of the 3 greatest fighting forms by his estimation). There is Savate, a French fighting form, and –yes, surprisingly, Fencing. Even some of the leg stances utilized in fencing are exactly the same as some of the forward lunges used in Karate.
The point to all of this is that martial arts will not only teach you to be able to defend yourself, but will aid you in gaining control of yourself, emotionally, by instilling control and self-confidence, and providing an excellent form of exercise.
There are of course many other sources of self improvement. The main thing to remember is that it is up to you and no one else, to make the changes in your life that you see fit. We have free choice in our lives, and freedom to choose is everything. What could be more important?