If there is one thing that I can encourage you to do this year it will be to try something new. The things that you have been very interested in but haven’t done yet, the place you’ve wanted to visit, the food you’ve been curious about, the new language you want to learn, the new job you’ve been contemplating, the new skill you’ve wanted to develop or whatever it may be for you - give it a go.
I recently started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu out of East Coast BJJ in Whakatane under Brad Kora. This is something that I have been keen on doing for some time but since becoming a father the desire for it became increasingly stronger. Reason being is because I wanted to have confidence in protecting my whanau incase of a situation that may never happen but the idea of it is what finally got me to walk through the doors.
Going into a new environment welcomes nerves and also excitement and when these two emotions are experienced simultaneously it's a sign that you’re going in the right direction.
Growth exists outside of your comfort zone
It is both nerve wrecking and exciting
It leaves you without regret
It creates new experiences
If all else fails you can go back to how things were but if it goes well you will be better for it.
For the last two months I have been getting beat up left right and center and when I say beat up it is in a safe environment and said in a humorous way. But on the other hand I am gaining so many lessons through the art of humility. Losing time and time again is challenging and can either have you walking out the door or keep you coming back for more.
There’s a hunger to get better, to keep developing the fundamentals and skills and as everyone keeps echoing all it takes is time and continuing to show up.
There’s something about being bad at something and working towards being better
It builds humility
It increases confidence
It feeds your hunger for progress
If you’re stuck you’re not growing - your ego may get hurt but your heart will get stronger.
What I know for sure is that training out of East Coast BJJ has made me a better person. I can sense a shift in character and a deeper connection to myself and all around me. It may sound buzzy but what I’m learning on the mats is so relatable to every other aspect of my life.
There’s a thousand ways to attack your opponent and your opponent has a thousand ways to defend. What Jiu Jitsu has taught me is that there is more than one way to do things. Through humility, developing new skills and showing up despite setbacks, progress is certain.
So try something new my friends - you just don’t know what is behind that door. For me, this recent journey has been life changing.
P.S. send me a DM on Instagram @ranzrewiri to share some feedback or what you’re going to try.