Change is hard.

We tend to reach a point where we want change, and we know we need to change, but are we ready, willing, and able to make these changes.

This has happened at multiple points in my life.

I’ve been involved with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 12 years and currently have my brown belt.

I trained in at Ground Zero in Morgantown on and off for 4 years before earning my blue belt. Usually it takes 2 years between each belt. So why did it take my 4?

Because I was lazy.

I skipped classes all the time and wondered why I wasn’t getting promoted like everyone else. I can remember the day I had enough.

Sampy was a purple belt at this time and I had 2 stripes on my white belt. He came into the gym and forgot his clothes so he decided to roll (term for live sparring) in jeans.

I thought I could hold my own against him since he was at a disadvantage wearing jeans. But that’s not how it happened.

He wiped the floor with me, literally.

When I got to my car I told myself I either needed to quit training or take it serious. I chose the latter.

I started training 6 days a week with double sessions on 3 of those days. I earned my blue belt within 6 months.

I wasn’t ready or willing to make the necessary changes until that roll with Sampy.

The point to this story is, until you are ready, willing, and able to make the necessary changes, the results will not be there.