Your journey as a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner is one of transformation. It is a personal process where you are responsible for making decisions that direct you on your journey. Each decision you make fills in the gap between who you are today, and who you want to be. It is up to you to determine if these decisions will fill in the gap and bring you closer to your goals, or perhaps lead you away from the life you envision. The ability to discern the difference and implement choices that propel you towards your goals is essential for the virtue of personal growth.
There are 5 ingredients for personal growth that you can implement both on and off the mats.
The ingredient of accepting the truth means that you put your ego aside and accept that there is always room for improvement. In everything we do, we can always find a way to do better, make better choices, and continue to strive for the very best. Along with this ingredient for personal growth we have the ingredient of the desire for greatness. It is not enough to accept that we have room for improvement – we must want that something more. Crucial to this desire for greatness is the understanding that in order to achieve that something extra, we have to be willing to put forth the extra effort.