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The Danger of Complacency

I actually wrote this blog post when I was in London, I grabbed a coffee and was waiting for the two hour advanced competition class to start at Roger Gracie Academy. Super nervous to say the least. I would soon find out that they are incredibly warm people, who have phenomenal Jiu-Jitsu. I would also find out that on any given day in an advanced class there would be 10-15 black belts. A black belt is not a special thing there, it's normal. It's rare to not have a black belt on the mats at any given time, which is backwards to a lot of Academies in the world.





And they are good black belts. They are Roger Gracie blacks belts.


My thoughts?


It’s easy to become complacent. (Meaning: feeling so satisfied with your own abilities or situation that you feel you do not need to try any harder)


To live day and day out, becoming used to our blessings because they are always there. 


Watching in London so many hundreds of people every day, in transit especially (the transit system is said to move 6 million people a day, I don’t doubt it). They live from one day to the next,  and the days turn into weeks, that turn months that turn into years. 


Once I become accustomed to my blessings I become complacent. This is dangerous because what follows closely after this is ungratefulness.


These concepts were reminded to me as I’m messaging someone who is going through a hard time.. 


Now...what people see are me bowing on and off the mats. 


What they don’t see, is this is my reminder that this is my second chance. Every single training session. I wasn’t just given training, or this opportunity, I had to fight to gain it back.


Everyone in their journey will hit a point where they will have to fight to stay on those mats. Whether it be injuries or life. This is the battle that so many times people quit and choose to go the easy route. 


But they always regret it years later. I’ve never met someone who was glad they stopped training, I’ve only met people who wished they could have started training sooner. 


Every tournament you'll see me at some point with my headphones on, every time this is one of the few songs I listen to M&M: Cinderella man. 


The first couple verses are really powerful for me...




It’s not only about training, it’s about being grateful for the training. 


Because for some of us, we haven’t always had it, some of us had to fight to get back onto those mats, and honestly we only have a limited number of days on those mats. 


The days turn into years so quickly. 


The trick is, as we bow into those mats to be so grateful for today’s training session. Today’s health. Today’s learning opportunities, today’s training partners. 


Because this changes the whole mindset. Brings me back to being positive, not taking the challenges to heart and not processing the defeats so seriously. 


It is what I make it. If I choose to be grateful, because I shouldn’t even be on thats mats but by Gods grace got a second chance. 


It’s time to train, train hard, have fun, be grateful.


And leave a little bit better than I walked into the Academy, in some way.


Because, reality is anything can happen in this life - and there might not be a next time. Or maybe the next time might be after a massive battle to get back onto those mats.


Stay focused.


Train smart.


Be grateful.





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