Here at MP USA, we talk a lot about how practicing martial arts can increase your brain health, improve your physical and emotional health and strengthen your family relationships. Did you also know about the employment and money-related benefits? Our discussion today involves increasing job performance and financial well-being with martial arts. Who better to bring to the table than the legendary Bruce Lee?
Bruce Lee’s approach to managing money has been discussed in publications such as Business Insider and NerdWallet. Lee himself authored dozens of books — not only about martial arts but also about living a wise and inspired life.
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply,” the internationally-acclaimed Jeet Kune Do master said. “Willing is not enough, we must do.”
Working to achieve employment and financial goals requires the same kind of dedication, commitment, and practice necessary to become skilled in martial arts practice. Reach Financial Independence blogger Pauline Paquin describes “managing money with a martial arts mindset” well when she writes, “One of the most important keys to becoming a successful martial artist is to develop discipline. This is also one of the most important keys in becoming successful with money. How much money you make is not as important as how much you save.”
Paquin also talks about the importance of focus. Here’s where practicing a martial arts form like Merpati Putih (MP) comes in.
Earlier this month, Forbes published an insightful article about how meditation can help boost your career. MP is a tool you can use to avoid the stress and burnout the article’s author, Ashley Stahl, describes.
“Stress has a negative impact on your career, leading to poor time management, lack of focus, and overall burnout,” she wrote. “And when you’re burnt out, you’re not working to your full potential. So all those extra hours you’re putting in when you’re already burned out and overwhelmed aren’t actually serving your career, they’re hurting it in the long run. So what can you do about it? The answer may sound silly, but it’s been proven to improve anxiety, stress, and even physical pain. Meditate.”
Because MP uses a holistic mind, body, spirit approach, it creates an unmatched opportunity for mindfulness and meditation that can help you achieve unmatched success in the workplace. The active meditation we practice at MP USA helps us quiet our minds and focus on what matters most in our lives. The skills we develop as we train in martial arts can then be cross-applied to help us excel in our careers and learn to manage money.
Just as developing skills as a martial artist requires sustained effort and commitment, learning to manage money doesn’t happen overnight. It also doesn’t happen when we lose our focus and trade the tried-and-true for every get-rich-quick scheme that comes along.
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times,” Bruce Lee said.
Regarding our finances, this quote relates to the idea that focus, determination, and consistency can help us achieve our goals. Successfully managing money requires the same stick-to-it attitude we help our students develop when they are devoted to mastering one technique before jumping to the next. They then learn to integrate the skills being developed into a seamless flow of energy that takes them to new levels of expertise. Quoting a MasterCard commercial, it’s “priceless” for us to see the visible, tangible rewards our students enjoy as their persistence pays off.
If you’d like to learn more about increasing job performance and financial well-being with martial arts, MP USA is here to help you succeed. Our adult martial arts energy program and our wealth of health fitness program are both great places to start on your journey toward long-lasting career satisfaction and financial freedom. For more information, please give us a call at 866-666-7872.