If you improve 1% per day on any project (such as your guard passing), in one year you will have improved 3778% in one year!
Most of you reading Couch to Cage are not martial arts professionals training every day. So let’s say you improve 1% per week. The result is 168% improvement over the year. If you compare that to financial investing, the stock market historically gives returns of 11% annually, which is considered good.
Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves. We are impatient. We expect to learn a new submission or sweep and start immediately pulling it off. When that doesn’t happen, we look for the next exciting move that is going to make our Jiu-Jitsu unstoppable.
Glaciers move as slow as 3 centimeters per day. It’s not much, but over time they have created amazing landscapes such as the Yosemite Valley, shown below.
Modern life does not encourage sacrifice, discipline, or commitment. Our consumer culture encourages us to buy the latest toys. Our t.v. screens change scenes less than every 2 seconds.
Resolve to not be a victim! Stick with one project until you see the success that you originally wanted.