Before and after my trip to Medellín, Colombia a couple weeks ago, I was having trouble consistently going to Jiu Jitsu classes. I felt like I was falling behind. I felt guilty. I felt like I was letting myself down and felt like a failure. I felt like a lazy piece of shit.
I always had some bullshit excuse:
“I’m too tired.”
“I’m too hungover.”
“It’s too cold outside.”
“It’s snowing out.”
“My finger hurts.”
I was “going” to the 7pm evening classes, and was really having trouble getting there Mondays and Wednesdays. It was difficult for me to accelerate my mind and body after I was exhausted from work. So, I decided to switch things up and start going to the morning classes instead. So far so good. I’ve gone Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, and plan on going tomorrow (Friday). I feel a thousand times better getting the training done in the morning. I have a lot more energy throughout the day and I don’t have the looming stress hanging over me of having to go fight people after work.
I also bought a second Gi so I don’t have to do laundry every day that I go to class. This schedule change is going to help me keep my laundry situation under control, since I’m scheduled to do laundry every Wednesday after work and Saturday after class. This will also help reduce my alcohol consumption, thereby saving me money. This change also allows me to take naps after work if I feel like it.
The second change I’ve made recently is that now I use my lunch break to learn Spanish. I bought the book “Sapiens,” in Spanish. When it came in the mail, I realized I might have made a huge mistake because it’s 500 pages long. My plan is to read the whole book and translate the words I don’t know as I go. I’m reading and translating about 3 pages per hour. I’m up to page 53 and sometimes get through a whole paragraph where I don’t need to translate anything. Someday, I’ll be able to get through a whole page without translating. At some point in the future, I’ll be able to get through a whole chapter without translating.
Right now, I’m using laundry time to write this post. I’m trying my best to use my time more efficiently, and in a way that causes me the least stress.
Another time-saving strategy I implemented was to delete a bunch of apps on my phone and reorganize it so that I only have 8 apps on my homepage.
I deleted iFunny, which probably took up close to an hour of my time every day, looking at stupid memes and pet videos. It was so addicting, I could literally spend 2 hours straight in bed on a weekend, wasting my life away.
Remaining consistent with Jiu Jitsu training will greatly improve my mood, confidence, and outlook. It’s not easy and it requires a lot of patience and humility. I will never be the best, and that’s ok. The scariest, strongest opponent I will ever face is myself.