It has been said that the Devil is in the details. If you want to be a nightmare for opponents and adversity, pay attention to the details. In training we can get fixated on the end result we wish to achieve so much so that we miss all the fine points that add up to successful execution.
When we don’t understand, it is easy to power through and try to force our way to an end result. Example; we can’t find that balance in protecting while punching so we just throw with as much force as possible and eat whatever our opponent throws our way. Another example; stuck in someone’s guard. Instead of working to pass guard with leverage and technique, we pick our opponent up and slam them. We have all done it and seen it. Don’t be prideful and act as if you haven’t tried to force the circle through the square.
We want to be good right now. This is where we start moving so fast that we miss what is actually going on – missing the forest through the trees. 2 things we need to do to break the inconsistent pattern and gain real control of our outcomes. 1) Accept that we are going to lose many engagements before we can win any 2) Things take the time they take no matter how bad we want it to go faster, it is going to take what it takes. That time will be different for each of us as well because we are all different.
I would much rather lose in the learning stages than when it matters more. Karl Roberson got submitted in his 2nd UFC fight against a former TUF winner and 21 pro fight veteran against his 6 pro fights and only 1 UFC fight at the time. Losing at that point sucked but it sucked much less that if it was a title contender or actual title fight. If you are going to lose, do it early and figure things out so you are more prepared later when the stakes are higher.
We have Friday night sparring for all levels. You see the few guys throwing bombs thinking they are doing good because the contact is hard. Than you see the power dwindle as they get tired and the guys with experience starting to put the combos on them. Time breaks the raw new guys while those that have been there, done that thrive.
Over time, the people open to doing it right evolve and those that can’t settle own eventually quit because they are resistant to the idea of patience. We are all different but the process to find success is the same. How we respond to the process is what separates.
In regard to patience, we all need more of that in everything. Our lack of patience gets in the way of our success because it is a waste of energy and a big distraction. If we can let go of the self imposed pressure and just do the work, we will make greater progress more quickly. Lack of patience is probably the biggest impediment to progress we all share.
So, next time you step onto the mat, chill. Things are what they are and will not change because you want them to. We all have to follow the program and develop the finer points so we can eventually get the big results.
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