Mindsets: Room To Spazz

It’s completely natural to get excited and way ahead of ourselves when taking on a new project.

So, the idea today is giving yourself room to spazz, but being honest about it, as ‘less is more,’ as it relates to human function is a state of mind that we’re constantly falling in and out of as part of the bodily condition.


Mindsets: Mind/Body Balance

Reflecting on previous post, getting too far ahead of ourselves instead of starting where we’re actually are, sabotages that mind/body balance where action and dream naturally coalesce.

Applying the above, one thing at a time with the understanding that where you’re at now is infinitely better than imagined better tomorrows.

Process is about continual starting points.

Mindsets: Cause And Effect

“When asked, “How do you write?” I invariably answer, “One word at a time,” and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That’s all. One stone at a time. But I’ve read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.” ~Stephen King


Usually problems are easily fixed, the challenge is getting people to connect action with they want to achieve.

Case in point, the first step in getting a job:

Asking for a job application.

The problem with acting is we tend to make things way more difficult than they need to be psychologically.

One thing at a time, and if that seems daunting, break it down into smaller steps. Hell, rehearse asking for a job application. Anything that’s related to the goal will serve to help get you there.

While we can make things hard for the fun of it, remember, they don’t have to be. 😉

Design: Routing

In all seriousness, I like the descriptor ‘routing’ for the McCounaughey principle:


In Jiu-Jitsu the easiest route is the most coveted and studied not because it’s easy, but because it ensures the safest passage in extreme conditions.

To understand the mountain and develop comparative analytical skill and contingency knowledge, it’s necessary to explore all routes, just make sure it’s within context of arriving at safely when it counts:


Lifestyle: Rickson Gracie Approach To Capitalism

Saw an ad yesterday for a BJJ abs course (yes, you read that right). While the core is the most important muscle group in the body as it connects everything, conditioning in functional terms is about the body as a unit, not a six pack gun show.

I guess the blind will always follow the blind, but remember the guy who actually COULD make millions off a conditioning course, DVD set, or online program with zero marketing is like, f*ck it, I rather go surfing!:

Mindsets: Receptiveness

The inherent problem in goal setting is sometimes it’s the wrong goal for wrong reasons, right reason/wrong goal, or right goal/wrong reason (sorry for that! *ha, ha*).

In fact, going to take the above one step further by suggesting this process is going on every moment, and a natural part of the doing aspect of life.

The key is to do our best to be mindful, loose, and receptive to the idea that we might have just taken a wrong turn!

When in doubt, just:

Principles: Distance

Distance as a principle is positioning and/or recovering to positions that give you maximum control with least amount of risk and effort:

My favorite analogy of this principle is picking blackberries. That is, if you’re happily piling berries into a receptacle and repeatedly getting hung up on briar patch thistles, either stop being greedy or re-assess approach. No sense in bloodying yourself when there are plenty of juicers within range of easy plucking.

Next, if you do find yourself tangled up, remove yourself slowly and methodically, as rushing this process will give you’re training partner MORE attachment opportunity and energy to manipulate, leading to further entanglement.

Lastly, for the sake of training situations, if you don’t have training partners good enough to tangle you up consistently, put yourself there to practice extracting. You’re with friends, so train everything. =)

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Training: Customization

Had a friend ask what a typical training session for me looks like, and while well meaning, it’s the wrong question. =)

The question is: I want to get X done, what do you think is the best way of achieving that?

So, after making sure where a person is trying to get is conducive to long-term progress (Eddie Bravo or Marcelo Garcia cloning is not), we can begin approaching general methods to get there.

I say ‘general’ because their are a million ways for example to do reps, and you have to do them in way that works for you. Otherwise, you’re going to burn out, if you start at all.

I’m also a believer in doing something. When you start doing anything you’re an ignorant noob by default. However, if you’re willing to dig for information, and filter it through common sense instead of waiting to be spoon-fed, getting someplace fun, unique, and rewarding is only a matter of time.

Principles: Timing

Timing is the sister principle, the ketchup to the mustard, the wind to the sail of the McConaughey principle:

dazed and confused

McConaughey was/is all about structure, and timing is well, waiting for the perfect time.

So, in design speak, provided the structural approach is sound, when is the perfect time to advance and why?

Timing combined with structurally efficient routes form the ever elusive flawless martial art technique.

To bring this point home, I often see top-notch competitors doing structurally horrible things, but still make it work with timing, intention, and cardio.

Mindsets: Misunderstanding The Present

People often come at the present moment as some magical place and time that’s going to take away bad feelings and make everything easy.

The reality is, sometimes it’s just the opposite, because you’re in a natural place that’s vulnerable both psychologically and to the elements.

Case in point, a belt is a story of the past. Today there is just training. You want to be as smart as possible, but you can’t totally prevent yourself from being injured or inoculate yourself against jerks. But, you can manage what’s under your control, and be grateful for today regardless of whether a choir of angels is singing.