More importantly, my goals are focused on mental strength. Being thrown into extremely uncomfortable situations, doubting myself, and being forced to deal with them both on the spot teaches you more than just moves on the mat. It all carries over into your everyday life, your job, your confidence, and does so much for relieving stress and anxiety. I am constantly finding myself anxious, dwelling on trivial situations, and unable to let the little things go.
- Working out in the gym and lifting weights is empowering and cleansing, but it doesn't even begin to show you your body's true strength and potential.
- Mind over matter is as true as it gets. When shit gets tough, your mind can either do wonders for you or paralyze you.
- Sometimes taking a few deep breaths is all you can do, and you'd be surprised at how much calmer your body feels after.
- Going into a situation full of fear only causes anxiety and worsens your performance. Go into the same situation fearless and be amazed at how much you learn, even if your performance isn't perfect.
- It's OK to have no idea what you're doing as long as you continue to remain open-minded and absorb the knowledge being thrown at you.
- Stop worrying about looking stupid. Everyone has been in your shoes at some point, and you cannot compare step 1 of your journey to someone else's step 100.
- Pain is temporary. Choose your battles and know that our greatest growth often comes from the most uncomfortable situations.
Keep in mind that everything I've taken away from Jiujitsu so far applies to everything in life. You probably read a few of those bullets and related the back to something, whether it is your family life, your job, your friendships, or a class you're taking.
I'm so excited to continue my journey, share it with you all, and see where it takes both my mind and body. Maybe I'll even convince Trey to be in some pictures once I'm able to garner some more strength and take him down...just maybe!
Let me know the one thing you've done that was a little uncomfortable.