What are the two best things you could do for progress in Jiu-Jitsu and life in general?
That’s right – it’s to form goals and habits that will allow you to reach them.
Nick “Chewy” Albin explained the importance of having goals in training:
When I train, I have a technique or a position goal. I’m actively working towards something.
If you asked my students right now, they’d tell you I was working on taking the back from as many places as I can.
Having a focused goal on using a technique or position is a helpful way to improve.
It keeps you focused on an area and you also get the benefit of seeing tangible results.
If a technique did not work last month but now it’s working, you’ve gotten better and you have some form to measure that by.
Then again, though, you should be structuring your life in the same way:
Going back to structuring your life. It’s something people don’t really think about much.
We think about how we want our training to look, we structure our meals.
We think about how we want to arrange our homes, etc. But so few people seem to focus on what they want their day to day life to look like.
If you’re not happy with the way it looks currently… Change it.
It won’t happen overnight. But it’s like your training on the mats. Slow incremental steps turn into a big change overtime.
And when you’re done with that… Focus on building habits:
You should make daily and weekly routines for yourself to follow. Almost like a template for your day to day life.
Whatever is essential to making your life look the way you want (whether this is your BJJ training, weight lifting, personal life, anything), turn it into a daily habit.
Make it so that if you miss one of your daily actions, you feel off like you didn’t brush your teeth or something.
Having my daily training and life habits has been helpful with keeping me focused even when I’m super busy.
That may seem like self-help nonsense. But it’s like training.
If you want to get better at something, focus on that thing. If you want something to happen in your life, your only chance is to focus on making that thing come to fruition.
Read our full interview with Chewy on the following link.
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