In Jiu-Jitsu class when I’m partnered with people who are much bigger than me, sometimes they will tell me that I won’t be able to do the technique on them, before I’ve even attempted it. My response is always “Let me try”, and most of the time, I prove them wrong. I might have to adjust the details a little bit, but more often than not, I can make it work.
Every once in awhile, people will also tell me that I can’t do things when I’m rolling with them. For example, one guy recently told me there was no way I would be able to pass his guard. Yeah well, I passed his guard. When someone says I can’t do something, it makes me want to do it even more. I consider those kind of comments to be motivation.
There have been many times in Jiu-Jitsu class when I thought I wouldn’t be able to do something, but instead of failing before I even try, I always attempt them. I’m usually pleasantly surprised to find how much I can do, and even when I really can’t do something, I don’t give up, I just try again. I can do so much more now than I could when I started, and in the future, I will be probably be able to do even more, as long as I keep trying.
One of the things Greg sometimes has us do during warmups at LBJJ is walking handstands, and so far I have not been able to stay up for even one second without falling over, but every time we practice them, I do my best. I just say to myself “I think I can, I think I can!”, and hopefully one day, I will. Before I started training Jiu-Jitsu, I never thought I would even be able to do a headstand, and now that’s no problem for me. Anything is possible, and I don’t need to listen to what other people think I can and can’t do, because if I don’t even know, then how can they?
|Also don’t tell people they “can’t”, let them “try”.|