It’s easy to get discouraged by a bad day of training or competition in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, your focus shouldn’t be on your “daily” performances; but rather on your learning process and how good you’ll become in the end.
John Danaher shares why you need to do this:
We always tend to walk into the trap of thinking we are defined by our achievements of today – we aren’t. Ultimately, you’ll be judged by your achievements over the course of your career.
Once you understand this you can begin to see that your central concern must always be improvement over time. Any failure today can be over turned by great success down the line.
Your Jiu-Jitsu may well be lousy now, but that implies nothing about how it will be in five years.
Danaher explains that you should be focused on improvement. Because, not even the best in the world have always been great:
Focus on building the future and be confident that any deficiencies here and now can be reversed with training and adaptation in the future.
No one was born good at Jiu-Jitsu, neither were the best at Jiu-Jitsu ALWAYS good at Jiu-Jitsu; they had their time as clumsy beginners just like you.
Play the long game. Focus on gaining knowledge and developing skill and one day that will turn you into a very different person on the mat!
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