New Years Jiu-Jitsu Goals for 2011

Oh, man!  2011 is here and its time to review my goals I set last year in my post “New Years Jiu-Jitsu Goals for 2010”.  I have been thinking about this post and avoiding it too.  I did better this year on my goals then in 2009.  This year I actually know what I succeeded and failed at.  LOL!

Successes

  1. Tap out some one I never have before in my school (I got Pat and Chris both purple belts)
  2. Compete in a tournament (I competed in the Scrap for the Skull Tournament)
  3. Read all my Jiu-Jitsu Books from cover to cover. Even the ones I buy new this year (I was close enough I am going to count this one)

Failures

  1. Increase my stamina (I gained weight and went backwards on this)
  2. Post a blog to www.jiujitsumap.com 5 days each week (I did ok for the first half of the year but then lost the habit)
  3. Get up early every morning and drill with my Submission Master Grappling Dummy.  (This was just plain wishful thinking.  I don’t get up in the morning)
  4. Increase my flexibility
  5. Watch all my Jiu-Jitsu DVDs.  Even the ones I buy new this year.
  6. Keep my BJJ Journal up to date.
  7. Know all the purple belt requirements.

30% is a “F”.  If I let that get me down then I’m done for.  I will roll over all the ones that I was unsuccessful in to 2011.  I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  After all I do BJJ for fun and exercise not for a living.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

Four Steps to Obtainable Goals For BJJ

Did you set yourself resolutions at the beginning of the New Year?  Have you already fallen off the wagon?  Martin Rooney, a combat athlete trainer and author of Training for Warriors: The Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Workout was interview on TheFightWorksPodCast.com.  He gave four steps for creating obtainable goals.

  1. Write them down.
  2. Set a time period.
  3. Be realistic. (You won’t make black belt in one year)
  4. Publish your goals.

I blogged about mine (written and published).  I think they are realistic.    But I forgot something very important.  I didn’t set dates to accomplish them.  I guess I’m going to have to reassess them.  I like Mr. Rooney’s analogy about driving.  You don’t go for a dive without a destination.  Why set a goal without a direction.  He gave another about three frogs on a log.  Two of the frog decide to jump off.  How many frogs are on the long?  It stumped Caleb, who was doing the interview.  Did it you?  The answer is 3.  Deciding isn’t the same as doing.  Mr. Rooney’s point was too many of us decide on a good course of action but never do it.  I think I’m guilty of that.  With a open ended time period I’ve got a the rest of my life time to meet my goals.  I’ll post the revised list with the time schedules.  Then I won’t end up being a frog on a log come January 2011.

New Years Jiu Jitsu Goals for 2010

Time to set new goals again.  I hope blogging about them will help me achieve them this year.  I didn’t write them down last year.  I’ve forgotten what they even were.  So if I achieved them or not I don’t know.  I read a newspaper article that said you should write your top ten goals each morning.  You don’t look at what you wrote the day before.  This causes the most important to "bubble up" or remain on the list at all.  The goal should be achievable in one year.  I figure its worth a try.  Here are my ten to start the new year for BJJ.

  1. Increase my stamina
  2. Tap out some one I never have before in my school
  3. Compete in a tournament
  4. Post a blog to www.jiujitsumap.com 5 days each week
  5. Get up early every morning and drill with my Submission Master Grappling Dummy (I’m not a morning person)
  6. Increase my flexibility
  7. Read all my Jiu-Jitsu Books from cover to cover. (Even the ones I buy new this year)
  8. Watch all my Jiu-Jitsu DVDs. (Even the ones I buy new this year).
  9. Keep my BJJ Journal up to date.
  10. Know all the purple belt requirements.

Here is my list to start the new year off.  I’ll try and blog about how I progress and what I can check off.