Alice: This is impossible. The Mad Hatter: Only if you believe it is.

I had been in dire need of an attitude adjustment for awhile in BJJ, so I forced one upon myself, and my outlook has greatly improved. I was stuck in a self-defeating state, not being able to do much, because I didn’t really believe I could.

Now that I’ve been trying to be more positive, good things have started happening for me. I’ve had many minor successes lately, and during the advanced class on Monday, I accomplished something I’ve rarely been able to do…I submitted a fully resisting male blue belt (with a cross collar choke from closed guard). I was surprised that I got the tap, so I asked him “Why did you let me do that?, and he said “It was legit.”

Honestly, I rarely submit whites, let alone blues (or even try to), and I also did something else during king of the mat on Monday that normally only happens once in a blue moon…I made it to the mat as Queen for a round! I think I’ve been seeing these kind of improvements because I’ve been trying to be more proactive, and believing in myself, instead of just assuming that certain things are impossible for me.

I'm a unicornConan said blue belts have magical powers, and when I got mine, I was pretty sure it was defective, because I wasn’t feeling the magic at all. Now I realize that like most magic, it only works if you believe in it. Of course, in order for the blue belt magic to work, I still have to know how to accomplish the things I believe I can do. For example, sincerely believing I can become a unicorn will not make it happen!

I’ve heard that the magical powers increase with each successive belt. I know The Professor is a sorcerer, and I believe that someday, in the distant future, I could even become a black magic woman!

“You have to believe we are magic, nothin’ can stand in our way.” –Olivia Newton-John


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