Have you ever noticed that the people in our city who are successful are also some of most physically fit? When you look around you can tell those who are successful by the way they walk and how they interact in our community. No matter if their success comes in sports, business, education, television, or community leadership (just some of the many things Indianapolis residents are known for!) they all have the same important qualities.
Now when I say successful I don’t mean those who drive nice cars or walk about in expensive suits. Too often those who show their wealth are actually hiding the fact that they haven’t found success, they are not really happy with where they are in life. The really successful people are those you see around you who are walking tall, shoulders back, chin up, and eyes forward. They are in good condition and good health. They live life in a stress free manner, able to handle whatever life throws at them with poise and dignity. They look like they feel, in control, self-confident, and satisfied with where they are in their lives.
The only way to achieve this level of success in life is to start by transforming who you are at your core. Success comes not from dominance over others but from mastery of oneself. We are all wired for success and our city offers many opportunities to achieve success, no matter how you define it. To reach our goals and become that self-confident, in control, successful person we seek to become we must first get control over the direction of our lives. The question is, are you up to the challenge?
Those that have found their success will likely tell you that getting there took perseverance, self-discipline, and above all energy. It is no surprise, and not mere coincidence, that those who have reached their definition of success are also fit and give off that aura of “having it all together”. Their road to success started with a commitment to themselves, normally in the form of getting into better physical condition. Their road to self-mastery started with getting in shape and developing better health habits.
In that commitment to get into better physical condition they found that the discipline of regular exercise led them to many other great things. It led them to be more disciplined in their other daily activities and focused on their goals. Exercise not only improved their physical shape through lost weight, but it also increased their energy levels throughout their day. The act of simply making the time to exercise also made them more mindful of their daily activities and led them to find new ways to reduce stress and improve their health.
One of the best ways to get in shape and develop the self-confidence needed to become truly successful is to practice the martial arts. From simple exercise to mental and emotional development, the martial arts have a vast list of benefits to those who seek self-mastery and a better way of life. When you look around our city and see physically fit people making a difference, acting with confidence, and giving off that aura of “having it all together” – chances are they have trained, or still train in the martial arts!
Get Involved. Get Committed. Get Fit. Find Personal Victory.