Adapt and Overcome /// By: Jared Weiner
How do you want to be remembered in life? Are you that person that falls down and stays down or are you the person who falls down and gets back up even harder? It’s so easy to write and talk about but it’s not always easy to accomplish.
Nobody has made it through life unscathed. Injuries, depression, addiction, death, controversy, health issues, and financial burdens are some of the daily struggles the average human goes through. How you decide to deal with these issues will ultimately make or break you. Here are some of the ways I’ve learned to break through over the years through life and Jiu-Jitsu.
Surround yourself with positive people. I personally keep my circles small and tight. I tend to avoid complainers and excuse makers. That old saying misery loves company is very true. Misery and excuse making for your downfalls spread like a plague and I honestly can’t surround myself with people like this because it breeds negativity.
Try not to live in the past, But think ahead and set positive goals for yourself. If you lost in a tournament learn from it and move on. Tournaments come and go and prepare for the next one. Staying angry over a loss for a prolonged period of time is unhealthy for yourself and training partners. This also pertains to life. The past is exactly that. We lived it, hopefully learned from it, grew from it, and moved past it. I know what you are thinking. A lot easier said than done especially when it comes to life, divorce, relationships and other hard subjects. I agree 100% there is no overnight fix to depression and stress but actually recognizing that there is a problem and making a conscience effort to better yourself instead of living in misery is a great step in a good healthy direction. Which kinda brings us back to my first point. Surround yourself with people that lift you up and won’t drag you down in life and Jiu-Jitsu.
Life isn’t easy, quitting is. The choice is ultimately yours. How you decide to move forward today can impact the rest of your life. PMA (positive mental attitude) is a good thing to have because negativity, rage, anger, and hatred will get you nowhere. Jiu-Jitsu and life go hand and hand for me. Adapt and Overcome and you will prevail. Keep your chin up and never stop fighting.