Thursday, March 20, 2014

Every Life Lesson I've Learned From Martial Arts

My Jiu Jitsu master Rubens Charles "Cobrinha" explained to me, to be a good martial artist, figure out what's bothering you, then figure out a good way to prevent it or stop it. 
Me: I can't submit this guy because he's grabbing my pants professor.
Cobrinha: What's bothering you?
Me: The grip he has on my pants.
Cobrinha: Break the grip off. Then you can submit him. 
I was looking for some trick, a way to bypass the problem. He said take the time to address the leakage, plug it up, then go back to your original course of action. If it's not bothering you, then ignore it and go for it. 
What can I control? What's actionable? If it's not actionable, don't waste your time worrying about it. You need to conserve mental stamina. Decision fatigue is real (it's why it's easy to eat a healthy breakfast but hard to eat a healthy dinner), and if you waste all your decision powers over things you can't control, or things that won't matter or generally waste your time, then you won't have anything left by the time you get to the real decisions. 
There is no procrastination, you're deciding not to decide and that still drains you and drains time. 
They will resist, your mind will resist. When I was new to Jiu Jitsu, I told a higher belt I was having a hard time with a move. He asked why, I said my opponent wouldn't let me do it. 
He said, "of course he wouldn't let you. It's a fucking fight. You have to fight for it."

Read the rest: On Hacking And Spirit

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