Almost anything that we can think of has a defining moment; a point that that person has shone the brightest and cemented his existence for everyone to notice and for everyone to remember.
I am a firm believer that everyone wishes to live with purpose, and dreams of being remembered when they are gone. I call this BJJ defining moments. Famed Jiu-Jitsu personasm, athletes, artists have moments where they are defined as who they are. Here’s a list of my favorite moments in sports history:
When Royce Gracie’s hand was as the first ever Ultimate fighting championship fighter. Back then, the full guard is called the “Gracie Guard” by the announcers. It was then that the world knew what the ground game can do.
When Jack Dempsey showed how a carefully timed punch, weaving and moving, the world of boxing came to know the Dempsey roll. Boxing was never the same again.
On the 30th of September, 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run. A record that lasted for 34 seasons.
Defining moments are the events that make a person shine brighter, or soar even higher. These moments were accomplished by an individual no different that you and me.
I too would want to have my own defining moment. And I am sure that you would also want the same. A period in time where it all cultivates on how you will be recalled. I have yet to have a defining moment. But here are some things that I am constantly doing to get there.
I love Jiu-Jitsu. There is no substitute for me to get to a level that I want to. I have this attitude that is well placed. I always say, “Yes, Professor.” If you follow the lead of those who are successful, would you become successful yourself?
Recall a point where you tapped out or gave up because of exhaustion. Now I want you to imagine if you held on for another 5 or 10 more seconds. Would you have had a different result? I always say this: your best if found a couple of feet more beyond your breaking point.
Know Where You Want to Be.
Knowing where you want to be will make your defining moment even clearer and easier to reach.
Remember: Defining moments are not accidents.