I just wanted to drop a quick line for you guys to align everyone towards the right mindset.
I talk a lot about mindset, so I wanted to elaborate on what I mean by the right ‘mindset’. The right mindset/attitude means believing in yourself and your ability to improve every day, not just with Jiu-Jitsu but also in life in general.
I also talk about how important it is to acquire specialized knowledge to study in your own time as an addition to class time.
I believe this is the first step to getting anything right. If you have the wrong attitude towards yourself and others, you will find a way to jeopardize your success on or off the mats. For example, if you don’t believe that you can’t get to a very high level in Jiu-Jitsu, you will find a way to convince yourself that Jiu-Jitsu does not make sense to you. The first key is to believe in your ability to learn to improve every day in small increments. If you don’t believe in yourself, you will probably quit training the first time you encounter a major setback like an injury or frustration that comes with the learning process. I recommend the book “Cyber Cybernetics” by Maxwell Malts. This book will help you understand how important self-perception is.
So I recommend you do your homework with this one. Take the time to go deep and find a way to like yourself and believe in your ability to succeed.
If you are kind to yourself, you will be kind to others. Develop the confidence to believe in yourself. Set small measurable wins as a target and fulfil these promises to yourself. Set a goal to train a minimum of 3 days a week of Jiu-Jitsu or whatever that number is for yourself. Even if you don’t feel like turning up to class, do it anyway. You don’t need to train hard every time. Hold the promise you make to yourself. You will start to develop confidence and belief in your ability to tackle any challenge you face.
Practice makes perfect NO perfect practice makes perfect. Take the time to study techniques and concepts on and off the mats when you’re waiting in the car for someone or at home on the couch study for 10 minutes or whatever time you have. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much faster you will learn to grasp complex ideas in such a short time if you practice physically and mentally. Taking the time to study to rehearse in class and outside class time will skyrocket your progress, I promise you. Find a Jiu-Jitsu athlete you like that is similar built to yourself and model them. Find a dedicated training partner lay a rollout mat in your garage and drill techniques concepts in your own time. This way you will go the extra mile. If you apply what I’m saying you will see an exponential improvement compared to your peers.
I hope you follow through on my advice and take everything to the next level. It gives me great joy to see everyone improve, and I believe if all of us added these details, we would all improve tremendously. All rise like waves in the ocean. The tide will rise, resulting in better, more positive vibes on the mats.
I believe everyone should take the time to reflect on all areas of their life. What did you learn? What are some things you need to adjust to being better? Etc. First of all, know what you want then get super-specific. Do you want to get good at Jiu-Jitsu? How good? World-class. Enough to feel confident on the street. To earn a black belt, why? It is essential because God, Allah, Universe whatever higher power you believe in will ultimately give you precisely what you ask. After you reflect on these things take the time to dwell and think about these things. Early in the morning is a good time to do this for most people. Wake earlier than usual if you have to. Write down six productive activities to do the day before to get closer to your goals. Leave the mundane things like remembering to send the email or pick up milk on the way home. Focus on activities that count that will move you in the right direction. If you only got through half the things on your list don’t overwhelm yourself. Just flick it over to the next day.
These are some examples of building great habits.