What is the difference between perseverance and indomitable spirit?
Both characteristics, we work on here at AKF Lexington Martial Arts and in our own lives. We can easily focus on one or the other. In fact most people probably only have a solid understanding of one. Ask a friend the difference between Indomitable Spirit and Perseverance and see if the answer comes easily or needs a little work…then read on!
Perseverance and indomitable spirit
If you were to ask somebody on the street what these two ideas are really all about you may just get a complete blank stare, as they try to figure out how to put it to words. They can usually explain perseverance because almost everybody’s heard of it at one point or another. Wait for the answer about indomitable spirit and people tend to hesitate and so you wait, and wait. I don’t know if this rings true for you but but here’s it, from my perspective including how we help develop both here at AKF Lexington Martial Arts.
Perseverance is the act of not giving up. It’s the act of pushing through. It is the act of completing something even when it’s difficult or boring or tedious or whatever. The actual act of not giving up, no matter what!
Indomitable spirit is the part of you that lives within you. Your attitude. Your approach. Your beliefs. Your standards, etc. This is the part of you that allows you to persevere. In other words, it’s the mental fortitude, it’s the mental decision. It is the part of you that you actually have to develop and work if it’s not already there. Even if it is already there, you have to keep focus on it to keep it or keep it strong.
Which is stronger in you?
I am very, very, very strong at perseverance. I have fallen on my face and got back up and kept going over and over and over again, throughout my life. I just don’t give up. I keep going. However, the indomitable spirit is the part that I still have to keep reminding myself to stay focused on. The attitude, the want to stay strong is what fades first. That’s when the downhill slide begins and when you start to go backwards. The sooner you get that in check, the sooner you start to feel strong again and the easier it is. The longer you take to get your indomitable spirit in check the harder it becomes to fully correct, so admit it, check it and fix it!
Our martial arts programming, and the way we train and teach and work with our students here at AKF Lexington martial arts, helps build both these attributes. The whole idea is to nurture that the yes you can. We strive to build that want to attitude! If they say “I can’t” we react fast to show them they usually already are doing what they think they can’t. We do not allow the “I can’t” attitude but rather than scold we help them prove and recognize they can. Once they admit they did or admit they can the lesson is well under way. All that is left is to repeat!
When we think we can’t but we really are the problem is usually that our success is not as strong as we think it should be. We are usually our own worst critic. That means the rest of your instructors and peers here at AKF Lexington Martial Arts are quick to compliment and support and even celebrate your success!
How is this done in martial arts class?
So in a nutshell, perseverance in class is the ability to keep going through every challenge we present to you. We’re going to really push you. We really are. We are going to put you in a position to fail too. However the purpose is not stress or failure but rather to succeed and celebrate! To do that we’re not going to give you the option of quitting or giving up. We will work together to get through it. We will not let your quite……at least as long as you let us demand it. For as long as you allow us to be part of your life we will challenge you and push you then celebrate with you as you start to build your indomitable spirit and then demonstrate your perseverance! Learn more about how we think and our philosophies of training here!
Indomitable Spirit and Perseverance make for happier lives!
Remember, just by knowing that you’ve done it before and knowing that you can when you feel like you can’t you’re going to stand up and you’re going to push through anyway in future challenges of your life. That makes for happier more successful lives! Isn’t that really what we all want for our families?
What was the basic concept of Indomitable Spirit and Perseverance?
Again, indomitable spirit is that want to attitude. Perseverance is the action of doing it. Go out and work on them, smile and enjoy the opportunity to develop both with us, should you decide to!