Getting Out What You Put In

In life you will notice that you will get almost proportionately what you put in.    Going to practice allows you to drill techniques, strategies, and improve your conditioning.   Many instructors try to find many ways to motivate their students to improve.   The student though is an equal partner in their own development.   Think about the number of hours athletes of various sports go to practice (as well as supplement their practice by exercise) in order to improve.  The best athletes maximize their potential by

Due to limited time (work, school, responsibilities) and the need for the body to recover from training efficient and effective training is necessary.  There are students who will try to short cut their training not for efficiency but because of sheer lethargic behavior.   Some student’s road block their own behavior by exhibiting a know-it-all personality or a cockiness.   This is typically leads to a person not being coachable which further inhibits development. 

Understanding that many instructors have travelled a long arduous path in their own journeys and get great pleasure in seeing their own students improve.    The onus though on the vast majority of improvements comes from within.  Simply attending class/practice or going through the motions will not ensure improvements.  You will optimal performance by making effective use of your training by doing the workouts, performing as many correct repetitions as possible, properly conditioning yourself, and sparring (rolling, scrimmages, randori, and competitions).    

If you short cut your training, you increase the likelihood you will reach a plateau.   You will see the people who put more time into training improve faster than you.  You will notice that people who at one point were below you in rank are now better than you.   How may this have happened?  They may attend more clinics, scrimmages, classes, and competitions.    So how do you prevent or stop the plateau effect?  This can be done by being coachable, training hard, training with safety, conditioning yourself, and going out to competitions.   You have to be honest with yourself and your abilities.  Be able to recognize your strengths and be humble enough to recognize your weaknesses.   Becoming better takes more of an internal motivation that is molded and guided by an external force.  The more you properly put into your own success the more you will get out.   You will see the forces around you that this applies to not only sports but life in general.   All the greats trained hard and worked hard, thus the taste of the fruits of their labor is considerably sweeter.


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