If you’re serious about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, then there’s a really important question that you need to ask yourself from time to time… And it’s a question of: are you doing what you’re doing (i.e. a technique, a drill, etc.) just because you can do it – or because it will help you progress?
Brian Glick further expands on the importance of this question:
The essential question: before delving deeply into a new topic, I like to ask myself: “Am I doing this because it will help me progress and meet a goal I’ve set, or just because I can?”
If you extend what you’re doing just because you can, you might elevate your Jiu-Jitsu practice a little. On the other hand, if you’re expanding ON PURPOSE as a way to get closer to a specific objective, you’ll dramatically increase your overall experience of training over the long-term.
This second category is what to keep an eye on – things you can add that are both different AND better than what you’re doing now.
You ought to be careful in giving an answer to this question, because it can determine whether you’ll become an excellent… Or a mediocre BJJ athlete:
Many people rush to add 15 new things to their practice just because they CAN, and they end up further down the path of mediocrity. Others choose to add something new because it brings value and gets them closer to where they want to be.
Which is more important to you?
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