It's normal for even the most dedicated Jiu Jitsu practitioner to have a lull in their motivation to train. This can happen for many reasons, such as personal issues, injuries, or simply feeling burnt out. However, losing your motivation to train can be a frustrating and discouraging process, especially when you've worked so hard to become the martial artist you are today. But, it's important to remember that true inner strength isn't just about physical abilities – it's also about your mindset, your spirituality, and your mental toughness. In this blog post, we'll explore ways for you to find your inner strength again and rekindle your passion for Jiu Jitsu.
1. Remember how far you've come
One of the most important things you can do when you're feeling discouraged about your Jiu Jitsu training is to remember how far you've come. Think back to when you first started Jiu Jitsu, and reflect on all the progress you've made since then. All the techniques you've come to know. Maybe you've earned a new belt, or overcome a personal setback. Focus on these positive accomplishments, understand they don't come easy and recognize that they wouldn't have been possible without your dedication and hard work.
2. It's "you vs you" in this world
Remember that your biggest challenge in Jiu Jitsu isn't your opponent – it's yourself. You are the only one who can truly hold yourself back. Instead of viewing setbacks as failures, see them as opportunities for growth and learning. By embracing challenges and pushing yourself beyond your limits, you'll not only become a better jiu jitsu artist but also a stronger, more resilient person.
3. Body, Mind, Spirit
Being a complete martial artist and well balanced and even happy person means focusing on more than just physical strength and skills. Remember to give one hundred percent equal attention to your mental and spiritual well-being as well. If you're feeling unmotivated, take some time to evaluate what you're doing to strengthen your mind, body, and spirit. Maybe you need to spend more time doing things like meditating, practicing yoga, focusing on eating healthy, playing chess, taking ice baths, jogging, laughing, praying or reading inspirational material. By nurturing all three aspects of yourself, you'll feel more balanced, grounded, and motivated to train.
4. Evaluate your training routine
Another reason you may be losing motivation to train could be due to the routine itself. Maybe you've become too comfortable with your current training regimen or are feeling bored with the same old routines. Consider switching things up by trying a new technique in randori, inspire drilling sessions, take some private lessons or maybe attend a seminar. By exploring new areas of Jiu Jitsu, you may discover newfound passion and motivation for the sport.
5. Seek support from your 303 Jiu Jitsu community
Lastly, don't forget to seek support from your 303 Jiu Jitsu community. Talk to your training partners, coaches, or instructors about how you're feeling. They may have gone through similar experiences and can offer guidance and encouragement. You may also consider joining a Jiu Jitsu group, where you can connect with others who share your passion and goals.
Don't tap yourself out!
Losing your motivation to train Jiu Jitsu can be a frustrating and discouraging experience, but it's important to remember that inner strength is more than just physical prowess. By embracing challenges, nurturing your mind, body, and spirit, exploring new areas of Jiu Jitsu, and seeking support from your Jiu Jitsu community, you can find your inner strength again and rekindle your passion to train. Remember that setbacks and struggles are an opportunity for growth and learning, and that your biggest challenge in Jiu Jitsu – and in life – is yourself.
See you OTM!