by Caleb on January 19, 2011
(Article Originally posted on The Fight Works Podcast)
by Daniel Mower
Goals have only been marginally successful for me in the past. I always saw them as
a list of wishes…nice things to aim for that could possibly happen if I was lucky
and didn’t get distracted.
The notion that goals can help you improve your
Brazilian jiu-jitsu sounds cool. But goals, like Brazilian jiu-jitsu, work based
on principles and techniques. Until you understand the techniques, setting goals
is just that…wishful thinking that will end in failure.
Brandon Ruiz is what I would call a “black belt goal setter.” I was
introduced to Brandon through my coach, Dave Johnson. Both are BJJ black belts
under the Machado flag in Utah. Despite family and work requiring much of his
time, Brandon has been a very successful competitor, particularly in no-gi,
winning numerous tournaments (most recently at Pancrase and NAGA in 2010). He
attributes that success in competition to setting and reaching goals.
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