Small Steps Make a Big Difference

Small steps are essential to improvement and eventual mastery in any given endeavor.

Whether you want to get in better shape, learn another language, improve daily habits, or become a stronger wrestler or grappler, I believe it’s best to take small steps so that you can stay motivated.

If you try to improve too much, too quickly, you’ll fail, get discouraged, and eventually quit.

Conversely, you don’t want to get too patient, which might lead to complacency, so one must thread the needle in starting small and dreaming big.

To balance that last duality, I strongly encourage all of our athletes to create a goal setting sheet. This can be drafted in the off-season if one’s preparing for scholastic wrestling, or while entering a ‘camp’ during the lead-up of a major grappling competition (i.e., NAGA or ADCC).

If you’ve never done this before, think beyond the ultimate goal that is driving you. For instance, consider writing out answers to the following (and be precise!):

How will you prepare each practice to put yourself in a position to accomplish your goal?

What are the 2-3 things keeping you from reaching your goal? (Realize your answers here may not just be physical skills…)

How do you envision correcting/improving the obstacles listed in the last question?

What are your strengths? (i.e., what do you consider your base building materials toward your goal?)

It’s not enough to do this once—revisit and revise your answers frequently, and perhaps most importantly, share it with your coach!!!!

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