Mindsets: Mortgaging The Present

Something subtle observed within myself is gearing today’s training toward tomorrow’s improvement.  Who knows where the preceding crazy came from, but the saner more grounded approach is:

A) Appreciating the Jiu-Jitsu we already know, as partial understanding is leagues ahead of zero understanding.  We’re never going to be perfect, but we are perfectly blessed with something we love and some knowledge it, however much that might be.

B) Training for tactile feeling in the now.  Let’s take our time with the position and explore every nuance.  Who cares what tomorrow brings, or what everyone else is doing?  Our goal is getting lost in the detail of today, as it’s a process not a contest. =)

C) Enjoyment. Mortgaging the present is an indication of an excited, distracted mind in search of a better here and now.  It’s a human tendency, harping back to the Garden of Eden.  The key is having a sense of humor about it, and recognizing we’ve stepped out of our common sense a little (or a lot!).


Training: Principles & Intention

Something I lost sight of studying practice principles, is it’s more important to understand the general idea and utility behind a principle than copying things directly.

Some integration questions to ponder:

What is the intent of this idea?  What needs it is addressing?  Where is the principle pointing?  How can I apply it to things I’m already doing?  How does it fit alongside other principles I’m familiar with?

That is all. =)


Training: Individuality-Function Balance

Considered the previous post some more, and maybe what ‘fun’ is, is customizing our process over time so it becomes more and more individual.

Things have to be personally inspiring, otherwise we’re far less likely to do them over time.

Still, we have to balance this individuality with functionality, and pure function isn’t always fun.  Simple, but not fun.

So, that’s the creative aspect: Being grounded in improving function while being open to ways of creating novelty around it.

Yeah, guess I had kind of lost the above mindset past month or so: How much work can we get done, and how much fun can we have doing it?

Always full-circle and back to square one. =)

Mindsets: Fun vs. Honesty

Looking back something else that has shifted for me is I don’t think about having fun anymore.

In the moment I’m feeling whatever’s there and moving forward.  Sometimes it’s fun, and sometimes things feel like work.

What I’m NOT concerned with is constantly checking in with myself emotionally. =)

Where honesty comes in, is on some level, everything is funny.  Especially the tantrums and craziness.  Just be truthful about things and have a good laugh at yourself.  There’s no need to ‘fix’ our state of mind anymore than the weather outside.


Training: Process vs. Outcome

Have been comparing how I think now versus several years ago, and basically in the past was operating on several misunderstandings…

Will make some more distinctions below, but probably the biggest problem with focusing too much on outcome at the behest of process is it leads entertaining magical (delusional) paths we wouldn’t even consider if internally focused.

Process: Internal, Today, Action, Sustainability, Continual, One Step At Time, Common Sense.

Outcome: External, Future, Method, One or Limited Time, Fixed Results, Speed, Excitement.

Writing these out probably the most interesting thing was finding a contrast to ‘action.’

Realized in the past I often looked for better and better methods, usually from desiring outcomes quicker than I had any right to!

Going back to action, methodology pretty much takes care of itself once we start moving.

In summary, through focus on process we might not ‘get’ the dream today, but can always ‘live’ it, which in many ways is better =):


Training: The Process-Execution Link

Having had a couple ‘duh, why haven’t I been doing things this way all along’ epiphanies over the past few months, have come to realize I’ll be tweaking and improving process on the day I die.  It’s a process within a process so to speak. ;o)

Further, we’re probably never going get perfect execution either.  Partially because we’re always welcoming certain degree of flux process-wise, and partially because we’re human and perfection is rare.

Again though, this is where process improvement comes in:  Maximizing an ‘average’ day so we aren’t dependent on being perfect.  Just trust the process, put one foot in front of the other, and be open to continual improvement.

Study: Stupidity, Straw Men, & Progression

Yo, guilty of this too, but focusing on how stupid others are is, in turn, stupid. =)

Yes, it might give us cheap feelings of intellectual superiority, but at the end of the day we aren’t growing substance here.

Applying this to BJJ, always try to look for things you can use.  Usually there is at least one thing, but if you can’t find something, simply move on.  Again, we’re not doing ourselves or others any favors by dwelling on how garbage some one’s technique is:


When catching myself doing this, I try to see it for the self-indulgence that it is, because celebrating how wonderful I am just really isn’t that interesting; especially if the goal is showing up to learn something!



Training: Hardest Part of Focused Action

Intentional training can be a bit daunting as we’re literally funneling all our resources toward a small number of objectives.  In other words, it’s work!

The silver lining is that things get about 90% easier once when we get started.

So the challenge is remembering the hardest part is getting started. =)

Psychologically, it’s probably a momentum thing:

Motion is hard when we’re inert, but once in motion it’s easier to stay in motion.  In fact, it’s probably more physics than psychology.

Yeah, I like that last bit.  When it comes to motivation don’t think psychology, think physics.  A body at rest tends to want to stay at rest.  Know this and start by starting. =)

Training: Goals & Distraction Repellent

Have gone back and forth on here a number of times on the subject of goals and have decided they’re extremely useful within the context of individual sessions.

Consider them a sort of distraction repellent. =)

Another little thing, and this may be different for everyone, but have shortened concentrated oriented sessions from a half hour to twenty minutes.

Can do a half hour, but in cases where I wanted to do than twenty minutes, would opt for 2 twenty minute sessions with a small break in between.