I keep a journal. It isn’t a jiu-jitsu journal but everyday, I wake up in the morning and after brushing my teeth, chugging water and BCAA’s, making my coffee, I sit on the floor next to my couch and write. My journal occupies the bulk of my first waking hour. The routine takes about ten minutes and I set a timer for twenty minutes to keep me from distractions and then I write away.

The first half of my journaling consists of random thoughts. It doesn’t matter what I am writing so long as I am writing and clearing my head of whatever’s floating around in there. When I have squeezed everything out, I ask myself three questions. The questions are usually the following:

What am I struggling with?

What am I doing to make a change?

What am I grateful for?

I have been asking myself these three questions for a few months now. I got the idea from Tim Ferriss and it has helped immensely. Every now and again, I’ll ask myself different questions. Today, for example, my three questions were “What [in my life] seems to be working [better than everything else]?” “What can I do to remove something negative?” and “What am I grateful for?”

I stick with the gratitude question everyday because it is important for me to understand that no matter how hard I work and despite my daily failures, I still have many things to be grateful for. It can be as deep and complex as the love I feel from friends and family to as simple as my ability to enjoy my morning coffee by my couch almost everyday. My morning coffee (read: my morning routine) is something I am truly grateful for because I cherish my mornings more than any other part of my day.

I write this post to give you a glimpse into my daily life. My mornings are usually spent writing and some reading. I ask myself questions not necessarily as the pertain to jiu-jitsu but sometimes, jiu-jitsu is relevant. When my mornings are over, it is time to prepare for my day which is when I begin training, teaching and otherwise “working.”

Journaling and Jiu-Jitsu

My morning meditation is very similar to my jiu-jitsu meditation.Because my mind is always so jiu-jitsu-centric it is important to take steps back from time to time and figure out what is working, what is not working and how can I improve things. This week it seems that the biggest improvement in my daily life has ironically come from a sickness that has forced me to get a lot of rest for a few days… I have not trained in more than a week and surprisingly, it seems to have helped.

If you’re reading, I would like to ask you:

What are you struggling with in jiu-jitsu?

What are you doing to make a change or fix this?

What are you grateful for (in jiu-jitsu or in life)?

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