A battle of two states.

Sometimes I feel like we live between two states: Inertia and Motion. We are in a constant state of battle between these two; do we move or do we stay still? Do we act or do we procrastinate? Do we train on the days we feel like shit or just stay at home?

Sometimes the Inertia is too much to overcome; our motivation fails and we wallow in the swamp of stasis. Sometimes the Motion state is easy and we carry momentum throughout the day and it seems easy to be proactive.

We are in a constant state of flux between these two states. It is out choice about which state to foster. To some extent, this is one of the few things we can control; fueling a mindset that allows us to stay in a state of Motion rather than a state of Inertia.

When you actively foster a state of Motion, you can spend more time being productive, building momentum with positive choices over time and grow as a person.

It’s a battle with a clear antagonist and protagonist. We need to actively make positive choices every day to improve our lives. It seems like an obvious equation, but it’s challenging to put into practice and takes a lot of mental discipline.

Thanks for reading.

Oss.

Passing the point of no return.

In any journey traveled, there is a point beyond which it is impossible to turn back. Once this point is passed, things for the traveler will never be the same again.

This is a common trope in story telling, book and films; the protagonist reaches a point where they see the path to their destination, looking back upon the path traveled that got them to where they are before pressing ahead, past the point of no return.

I feel like this is the same with martial arts. Any legitimate martial art journey is a lifelong one guaranteed to be fraught with many highs and lows. There is a point in a martial arts journey where there is no going back; where returning to the way things used to be before is no longer possible. It’s a good thing. It’s a growing thing.

Reaching the point of no return means that you have reached a stage in your journey where your martial art has become part of you. Your identity is tied to your martial art, and it is likewise tied to your identity.

Personally, we will all look back at different points in our journey and identify them as that point. It’s a highly subjective thing. Many will teeter on the edge for a long time, swaying between abandoning the journey and taking the brave steps forward into parts unknown.

If you ever feel apprehension to step past the point of no return, just remember this: It’s never the journey taken that leads to regret, it’s the journeys not taken that lead to a life of regret.

Thanks for reading,

Oss.

The virtue of Curiosity

“Curious is a good thing to be, it seems to pay some unexpected dividends.”

Iggy Pop

In my current line of work, I’ve noticed that the most curious kids tend to be the ones who find the most satisfaction- and success- in learning. They ask hard questions about things others take for granted, never satisfied with a simple “Just because” answer. Curiosity leads to a desire to know more; to learn more, see more and do more. 

My philosophy teachers always expounded the principal of honesty in ignorance: Accept that there are things you don’t know. The more that I realized I was uncertain about, the more curious I became to find out what the truth was, if indeed there was any to be found at all.

Curiosity leads us down the paths often left untraveled by the timid or tame. It leads us away from the deceit offered up by matronly comfort and shows us the way to independence and resilience. Curiosity is a teacher that never questions your ability to experience and learn something new.

I think back to some of the most amazing experiences I’ve had so far, and they all come from a place of curiosity. I’m no more or less curious than anyone else as a person, if anything I used to be far from it. But upon reflection, it’s the “What ifs” and “Why is” that have lead me to places,  people and experiences that I would never have imagined as a twenty year old. Curiosity also lead me to Jiu-jitsu, which without I would undoubtedly not be here to write this. 

Einstein said “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”, but I would adjust it so:

Once you stop learning, you are dead. 

Being curious means leading a life full of learning; accepting that we can always find out more about ourselves and the world we live in. If you’re not doing that, or at least trying to in some small way every day, then you’re not really alive.

Foster your sense of curiosity. You will thank yourself for it later.

Thanks for reading.

Oss.

 

Accepting change

Change is constant. Every waking moment presents you with a new opportunity for both positive and negative change.

If you begin to look at personal growth in this way, you can create a lot of opportunities for growth and change your life for the better.

Don’t fall behind in your pursuit for personal growth because of a failure to accept change.

To benefit from change, we must accept two things: That change is a signal for growth and that no one is too perfect to grow.

We can all learn something new about ourselves as long as we embrace change and new opportunities.

What isn’t going to help is when we cut ourselves off from these chances to grow because of the potential discomfort or fear.

Ideological Consistency

One of the most important aspects of the scientific method is Ideological Consistency.

It’s not enough to successfully reach a logical conclusion once, it has to be proven true again & again by not only yourself, but others.

This is the same in Jiu-Jitsu. One day, one roll or competition does not dictate your ability or skill.

Your true ability and skill is dictated by the day to day consistency you display on the mats and in your life.

Consistency in thought and action is to create balance as human being and martial artist.

And that’s the bottom line, because Musashi said so *mic drop*