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The great days come from the hard days.



Every day is a round. 


Every day is a match. 


We only get one shot at this, and the goal is to win as many as possible. 


As I explained to my kickboxing girls tonight, it is very easy to become complacent. To just ‘make it through the round’ or to ‘make it through the last minute’. 


But the truth is every single punch counts. It needs to be better than the last in some way.

Same with Jiu Jitsu and in intense competition. How many grips are in a Jiu-Jitsu match?


Thousands. 


The game is to make every single grip or punch with purpose. Every single grip or punch better than the last. 


The challenge comes from, we are fully responsible to do the best we can, the best we know how in the moment we are in. The only constant with human beings is that we are always changing, always evolving in some way. Influenced by our beliefs, our environment, and our experiences, 


If we aren’t moving forward we are moving backwards. If we don’t consciously make devisions then the choice will be made for us, if we aren’t choosing to constantly fight the battles to be better then we will become static, or even worse, comfortable. 


With all of the above comes the risks of overcoming challenges in the best way we know how, in that current moment. Even if it is our best, it might not be the best way. All that matters is that we gave every single grip, every single punch, every single day our best shot. 


This doesn’t mean perfection. This means being focused, being present, doing the best we know at that very moment.


Today was very frustrating for me. I trained in Vernon and I was very mentally tired, my timing was off, my body was slow, my technique was delayed. I got just dominated and it was hard. 


But as I sat on the side of the mats I began thinking that, or even realizing that. These days, where don’t win them all, when our best doesn’t seem to be enough, where we screw up or miss something important are just as important as the good days, the wins, the exciting days. 


Why is this?


Because the great days are a result of winning at many small things pulled together into one big picture. 


The harder days? The ‘failed’ days? The days when the ‘best I knew how’ today simply didn’t cut it? Today was just an important. Because it taught me that there is a piece of the puzzle I am missing. There is something I need to figure out, to evolve to the next best version of myself. 


It could be anything. Emotional balance, energy input/output balance, training/work balance/, diet, sleep, active recovery, the list goes on and on. It is my job to figure out what went wrong, and how to change it. 


The great days come from the hard days. 


The wins are strong combinations of hard losses, learning, and failures. Because that is what causes us to analyze and evolve. 


The wins are signs that we are moving in the right direction.


So today I am choosing to be grateful for a hard day (instead of in the past when I would be defeated, frustrated, angry at myself, etc). I know the adjustments that need to be made. Might take a little while but I’ll get there. My mental energy, my energy output is way too much. Without enough recharge time, energy input, active recovery. 


But today. I choose to be grateful. Because i figured this out. 


And tomorrow i will be a better version of myself 

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