The other day I received a great email that I thought I would share with you. My mate Ken wrote how he was running a Brazilian jujitsu academy and a guy by the name of Paul walked through the gym doors and mentioned that he wanted to start taking up the art even though he had no idea what it really was. Paul went from being a complete white belt new grappler to becoming a very competitive black belt who has won some huge tournaments. Throughout his story we can see some keys to success.
First off Paul began something he had never done before. He started Brazilian Jujitsu. He walked into a dojo and got started training.
Key #1: Get stretched
So many times in life we get stuck in a rut doing the same old thing. But do or try something new. We are a lot like muscles, we can only grow and take on more with when we are stretched out of our comfort zones.
So get out of yours.
Try something new.
When I was an elite level athlete I constantly travelled overseas for training as I needed to be stretched by fighters who were better than me. I needed to be stretched and pushed and then from there I could grow as a fighter and competitor.
Find different ways to be stretched in your profession and in your own life.
The email continued….
Ken wrote about how hopeless Paul was at everything. He was a small, uncoordinated and not natural sportsman at all. But Paul continued to turn up to early to training 3 -4 days a week and leave late. Paul listened to everything the instructors said and drill all the techniques consistently.
Key #2 Be consistent
Brian Houston says that the “Key to success is to keep turning up.” I love that. If you want to get good at a sport, writing, guitar, piano, painting or whatever else you can think of, the more you do it the better you will get.
So be consistent with your training. Do it everyday (maybe have 1 day off) but be consistent. I know tons of athletes who could be amazing athletes but they are way to inconsistent and whenever they get an ounce of momentum they stop coming to training. The scary thing about momentum is that it can fade very quickly.
So be consistent!!
Lastly, in Ken’s email he highlighted one of the most crucial aspects of Pauls success. Ken said that after every sparring session Paul would ask, “Did I make any mistakes? Where can I improve?”
Key #3 Ask questions
One of the biggest keys of success is to humble yourself and ask questions. Ask people you trust what your faults are and work on them. Ask people where you can improve on. Maybe it’s how you dress, or speak or carry yourself. Maybe you make mistakes when you preach or play sport or when you sing.
The more you ask questions the more you will start to improve yourself and slowly but surely work towards being a more successful person in your field of choice.
Have a great week ahead, and remember
1- stretch yourself
2- be consistent
3- ask questions