So it’s been a very busy week. Having to work a 9 to 5 job, let alone travel to that job sometimes seems to be a job in itself. If you’re like me, your day is not over just because you punch out from work. I scramble to get to my true passion. What is that, you ask? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu…. I’ve been training for about 7 years now and it is just as AWESOME today as it was the first day that I got addicted to it. Sometimes I just can’t stop thinking about it, the rolls that I had the prior training session and the techniques that I’m trying to master. Unlike some of the folks that live, work and commute in my area I have the luxury to take public transportation for the majority of my trip to and from work. I sit most days paying no attention at all to the surrounding scenery or other passengers. You ask what I am doing? Well, most of the time I’m watching BJJ Competition and Technique YouTube videos. I’m a firm believer that as a learner I’ve got to put in the time observing the top performers in my sport. When I say “observing,” I’m not talking about passively watching. I’m talking about actually staring. That kind of raw, unblinking so I don’t miss a frame, intensely absorbed gaze. The same gaze you may see exhibited from a cat tracking his prey. Daniel Coyle stated that one of the keys to igniting your motivation is to fill your windshield (your world) with vivid images of your future self, and to stare at them every day. Studies have shown that even a brief connection with a role model can vastly increase unconscious motivation.
Think of your windshield as an energy source for learning. Use photos, diagrams or better yet, videos, and watch them regularly. Watching these videos before your practice or going to bed will subconsciously enhance your skill. I guarantee that spending a couple of extra minutes a day filling your windshield with images of your role models will significantly improve your game. Until next time…. Have fun and Keep Training! It’s worth it….