I was reading a Facebook post by John Danaher recently in which he talks about the factors of progressing rapidly in skill development.
If you would like to read the post you can find it on his page.
I brought this up today because one point that Danaher made about one of his most famous and well known students really struck a cord.
I’ve been preparing for my first world championship at black belt.
It’s hard preparing for most tournaments, but this is the big one.
Friends and family unknowingly put stress on me to compete well, perform to my potential, and above all, win.
But the point that Danaher makes and one that I seemed to overlook is that success takes time.
Improvement takes time
Skill development takes time
Everything takes time
It’s my first year at black belt and I already feel a lot of pressure to win. But then I really thought about it.
And you know what?
I’m in this for the long haul. As long as it takes.
I didn’t get to where I’m at overnight and regardless of the results I will still be practicing in class like everyone else the Monday after the tournament.
So if you’re worried about preparing for a tournament, or when you will be up for your next promotion.
Just remember that if what you’re working toward is really worth it, that the time it will take to achieve is not as important as the small improvements that will get you to your goal.
It’s pretty cliche but Jiu Jitsu really is a marathon.
I will be in California for a few weeks training for Worlds and possibly a few weeks afterwards.
If anyone is interested in private lessons or weekend seminars I will have a small number of openings .
For more details please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org