Solutions to help us eat less

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Got junk food on the brain? Here are some tips to help you resist.

Don’t let yourself get too hungry. Intense diets can be good for athletes looking to cut some extra pounds, but rarely do they help the average joe. Focus on the quality of food you eat, and you can keep that tummy full and the brain satisfied.

Don’t drink your calories. Stick to water and tea.

Don’t test your willpower. It will always lose to pizza and cookies. If you’re hungry eat fresh fruits or vegetables that you enjoy.

Be aware of triggers. Stress and unhappiness tax the body, which means it lowers our energy. When our energy is lowered we don’t have much left for other things like willpower. Which means it’s harder to say no to palatable foods we crave.

Sleep. That thing our kids, bosses, and clients never let us get enough of. It’s a powerful tool.

Don’t sweat it. Follow these guidelines to the best of your ability, and chill out. If you have some unhealthy weight issues, find an activity you love that makes you sweat and stay consistent. The rest will come.

Jiu-jitsu is Hard

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So we should take it easy. Respect the art for its complexity, and eliminate thoughts of trying to find a shortcut to getting better.

Showing up with this mindset is difficult, hard to do when others refuse and because of that will sometimes seem as if we are falling behind.

But taking it easy is precisely what we must do to ensure we are there until the end, reaping all the benefits that jiu-jitsu has to offer.

When it’s all said and done, we won’t remember who was the best; we will be enjoying the art with those that remain.

What is it called?

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Jiu-jitsu is like learning a language. To first speak a language one must learn vocabulary. Consider this being knowledgeable of the standard terminology of basic positions and moves in BJJ (i.e., armbar, mount, harness).

In language, once you have a grasp of basic vocabulary and grammar, you can then string those words together to form common to advanced phrases that allow you to communicate. When grappling, we can use this concept to take our basic understanding of terminology to develop a roadmap that can help us achieve better positioning, improve our posture, and communicate with our partner.

I have found that students who know what to call a position or move, are more likely to perform it. Which reminds me of the old adage, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”

Enjoy the process

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You will spend more days on the journey than you will at the destination.

The joy from that moment of achievement disappears faster than a blink of the eye.

That thought has helped me remain present throughout various journeys in my life. Dwelling on past mistakes or worrying about the future do nothing but slow your progress.

If you fall down, get back up. When you make mistakes, learn from them. When you’re not seeing results, focus on what you can do NOW to optimize your process.

No matter what, we all have to go through the process to reach our goals. We might as well enjoy it. We will inevitably encounter challenges pursuit after pursuit as we work towards new challenges.

Avoiding the finite game

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A simple formula for success:

In the beginning it is ok to model yourself after others, but do not continue to chase them.

Forge your own path, for that makes the road never-ending. Infinite.

When the people you chase stop moving, disappear, or just lose interest. You will be left with just yourself. That’s ok.

Learn to continually outdo yourself, and you will find success. Innovation. Purpose. Joy.

Joy and fulfillment come not from comparison, but from personal advancement.

Don’t get them confused.