One year wiser today

Time is a precious commodity, of which we have a limited supply. So many people fall into the trap of merely existing and not living to their full potential. Wow, I’ve heard that phrase a lot throughout my life. At some point in your existence, you’ll start to understand what that means, and start living.I love martial arts, any form of it. Personally, I practice Brazillian Jiu-jitsu and you learn so many valuable life lessons from it.

Here are a few that I’ve learned, that apply to your life, as well as the mat.

Time – more specifically, timing. There is a time and a place for everything. Just because something does not work right now, does not mean it will never work.

Seize opportunities. You only get one chance at it. Life works pretty much the same, you’ll be given an opportunity, what you do with it, is up to you. Let it pass you by, and you might never be so lucky again.

Grow some balls. Life is tough and unfair, deal with it. Some days the new kids who are younger, more athletic, but less experienced, will kick your ass. Don’t go sit in the corner and cry, acknowledge the fact that in that specific situation they were better than you, learn from it, and move on.

Confidence is the key to much success in life. People can smell confidence, it’s like a powerful fragrance. Once you have it, nothing can stop you.

Get comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Put yourself in situations where you think you’ll fail. The more you practice / think of worst case scenarios, the more prepared you’ll be if it happens one day.

Learn from other people’s mistakes. I like having conversations with elderly people, they have so much wisdom and life experience. They can give you advice on mistakes that they’ve made, that you haven’t even thought of yet.

Appreciate the relationships you form. Meeting good people nowadays is rare, making friends with good people is a privilege.