April 18: BJJ

A few of us in the family once tried some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lessons.  We trained under Carlos Farias, here in Mesa Arizona.  One our sons is still doing it.  We tried it after watching an Impact Theory interview with the Philosophy Major and BJJ expert Firas Zahabi. 

We only did it for a month.  The little we learned in only a month’s time has served us well, and are moves we were able to practice over and over.

The experience was humbling.  It was fun.  It was challenging.  It was scary.  It was well worth it.  It was bonding and is something I wish I would have discovered much sooner in life.  It is something I want to do with my grandchildren someday.

The purpose of BJJ is NOT to become a bad ass.  That, in my opinion, is the inevitable bi-product of the discipline, training, hard work, characteristics, mindset, and principles we base our beliefs on.

One does not train in BJJ just to get better at BJJ.  One trains in BJJ, TO GET BETTER AT LIFE.

First, as with all things, we can choose to discipline our mind.  EVERYTHING starts with mindset.

YOU decide:

  • How disciplined you will be.
  • How often you train or study.
  • How hard you work.
  • Which characteristics you will choose for yourself.
  • What mindset you will adopt.
  • Which principles you will base your life upon.

Reminder to self:  Your life is YOURS.  The outcome of your life is yours to decide.  Will you build up for yourself a strong foundation upon which to build your dreams or will you take the quick and easy route, build upon a weak foundation, choose to have a weak mentality, and eventually watch everything around you crumble and fall to the ground?



Today I will look at my goals, remember exactly what I want for myself and those around me, and decide:

  • How disciplined I will be.
  • How often I train or study.
  • How hard I will work.
  • Which characteristics I will choose for myself.
  • What mindset I will adopt.
  • Which principles I will base my life upon.

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Remember:  Mindset matters.  Character counts.  That which we choose to consistently focus on is what EXPANDS in our lives.  WE CREATE our personal realities.

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