While the last several months have been challenging, it’s worth taking some time to find things in your life and your Jiu-Jitsu training to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude goes a long way in shifting your mindset.
If you’re new to practicing gratitude, thinking of things that you’re grateful for or that you appreciate might feel strange or a little silly. It’s helpful to start with an area of your life that you’re very familiar with, like Jiu-Jitsu.
Here are some ideas on how to practice gratitude through Jiu-Jitsu:
Start with a list.
Spend some time making a list of what you’re grateful for or what you appreciate about Jiu-Jitsu. If you’ve never thought about this before, be patient. But if you get completely stuck on coming up with ideas, here are a few suggestions that you can modify and personalize to make your own:
- Your physical health and fitness and what you’re able to do on the mat.
- The time and attention of your coaches and instructors.
- The opportunity to pursue something you enjoy.
- The skills you’ve gained and the skills you can appreciate in your training partners.
- The benefits Jiu-Jitsu brings to your daily life.
Review this list before your train.
If you struggle with transitioning from daily life to training, use this list to be more focused and intentional in your training. A quick refresh on this gratitude practice can help put you in a better mindset. And you might get more out of your practice.
On days you’re unmotivated, come back to your list.
Once you have your list, come back to it often. When you feel unmotivated, stuck, stressed out, or frustrated, read through all the things Jiu-Jitsu has brought to your life. Not only is it a great reminder of the benefits, but it can help clear your mind and even boost your confidence in your skills.
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