So you’re thinking about signing up for that Jiu-Jitsu tournament… But doubt is starting to set in.
You’re not sure if you’re ready. You’re not sure if you’ll embarrass yourself and your team. And you don’t want to regret it.
But here is the thing. You should compete before you feel ready.
Because, as Andre Galvao explains it so poignantly, you never truly feel ready for such a thing:
You’re never ACTUALLY ready for anything in life…
It’s why we need to set clear goals.
Let’s take a Jiu-Jitsu tournament as an example
So often I hear these excuses:
I won’t sign up today because my neck is a bit sore…
I just got promoted, so I’ll wait until I feel more prepared…
I’ve been really busy at work so I don’t think I’ll have time…
The only way to overcome this is through action.
Even if – especially if – you’re feeling all these doubts, you should sign up to the tournament.
Galvao continues to explain how this will change your mindset:
This will suddenly shift your mindset to: “Now I will be there, because I’ve signed up! I have to prepare myself for this task and I have a clear timeframe to do it.”
He emphasizes that all of the failures that may ensue are going to, actually, set you up for success down the line:
The first time you do this, you might not even know how to prepare yourself.
So guess what… You fail.
But then there’s another tournament. You know a little more this time, so you sign up and come in third place…
If you keep this up, in just a matter of weeks or months, you’re probably going to land that gold medal!
It all comes down to the mindset.
One that will pay dividends in “real life”, too:
Maybe during that time you’ve been feeling sore. And maybe you’re balancing a lot of commitments…
But because you stopped making excuses, you gave yourself the opportunity to succeed.
The first time you do this, you’ll feel like a superhero. You’ll think, “Wow, I just made that happen!”
And you can apply this to any aspect of your life – business, relationships, Jiu-Jitsu…
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