“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
A few months ago during Jiu-Jitsu class, Professor Greg mentioned the saying “Perfect is the enemy of good.”, and it made me realize that after I transferred to Lincoln BJJ a couple of years ago, and I became more aware of how much my technical knowledge was still lacking, it killed my aggression, and I started to become a lot more hesitant in my rolling. I didn’t even want to attempt any offensive moves (particularly against more advanced students), unless I felt like I had all the details perfect, which rarely happens during live sparring, so it often led to me not trying anything at all. Then recently after Mike told me that I’d be a lot better at BJJ if I would just stop hesitating, I decided that a good attempt, even if it fails, is preferable to a perfect nothing, which has led to a noticeable improvement in my rolling.
Having more realistic expectations has also changed the way I evaluate my performance during class. Earlier this week, I wasn’t overtly sick but I hadn’t been feeling very well, then when I went to the advanced class on Wednesday, I had a difficult time grasping the techniques at first, and during rolling I felt exhausted, overheated, and generally worthless. However, I still somehow managed to make it on top of my partners during all of my rolls, which almost never happens for me! Once I got there, I stalled more than I should have, but I was really just trying to survive through the entire class, which I did, so I consider it to be a success. My performance might’ve been far from perfect, but I still think it was pretty good, especially since I was feeling pretty bad!