It can be a daunting task to train day in and day out, and not feeling as though you are progressing. The countless hours of mat time and techniques being perfected over the course of weeks , months and yes even years. Our sport is unique in that time is really what pushes us forward , it gives us the ability to evolve and become better.
But sometimes the daily routine becomes stale, it can begin to feel as though you are learning the same things over and over, but in reality what happens is because of the gradual process of the learning curve that is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , you become less aware of how good you are actually getting. You are on the inside looking out and the only way to effectively measure up your progress is to either compete or train alongside those who have in the past been able to submit you with ease. Sometimes the daily grind of life can discourage your training progression into hitting a wall and therefore distractions can occur. What others have had to sacrifice in the past and what sacrifices need to be made in order to advance rank and experience , are what should be a motivating factor in your Jiu Jitsu game.
Sometimes your coach can motivate you by addressing the weak points in your game and by helping to fill the holes needed to be an all around great Jiu Jitsu player. Sometimes your coach can give you a motivational push with a speech or a moral supportive excerpt from one of the original Rough Riders of the 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt’s speech Citizenship in a Republic at Sorbonne Paris dated April 23, 1910.
In a memorable part of the speech he goes on to say that what matters in life is not your greatest achievements or failures, but your willingness to put yourself out there to make an attempt if not for glory , then for defeat but to ultimately try. It goes without saying the willingess to sacrifice for evidently your greatest achievements but to yourself. In our world of Jiu Jitsu how can you motivate yourself ? What sets you apart from the other Jiu Jitsu players looking for the same thing?
What motivates you?
“….It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Theordore Roosevelt: ‘Citizenship in a Republic’
Speech at The Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910