New Year’s Resolutions and Sticking to Them

This is a very exciting time of the year for me. As an academy owner for six years, the new year resolution always bring new signups and more business.
But it is also a very sad time. It’s because 80% of New Year’s resolution fail by February.
What should you do to not be part of that 80 %? Here are 5 important keys that I learned through Jiu-Jitsu that can help achieve your goal on or off the mats.

1 – Commitment

Commit to your greater self.

Be honest with yourself. Is your goal real? Commitment is the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. Many people create expectations and forget that the path to success it’s not that easy. You will find some bumps on the road that will slow you down. Only your commitment can motivate you to your success.

2- Consistency

Slow and steady wins the race.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your new you. One year has 365 days (366 if we’re counting a leap year). I’m sure you will face a tough day or six. It’s alright! Keep on track and don’t let the habit of finding excuses lead you to failure.


3 – Track Your Progress

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

I’m sure nowadays almost everybody has a smartphone. Use the technology to track your progress. Collect data. Trying to lose weight? Write how many pounds you lost. Trying to increase your sales? Write how much did you sell this week. Trying to have more mat time? Write how many sessions you did this week. Visual data can help you plan or change the strategy to your goals.

4 – Be Positive


Having a positive mindset is very important. You don’t have to fully believe in the law of attraction but it’s common sense! If you beat yourself up and start creating negative thoughts that will definitely lead you to a negative action. Take a deep breath and let that positive energy take care the rest.


5 – Love Yourself First


I’m not saying for you to be egocentric. Don’t be confused! What I mean is simply manage your goals and separate what is the priority and what is not. Nothing wrong to have one or two hours of your day dedicated to yourself so you can work towards your cause. If you don’t want unrequited love, Love yourself.

When I read about successful athletes, business people, it was never easy for them. Things like waking up at 5 am, doing that extra training, etc. They also face challenges on the road. The only difference is that they don’t give up. I wish a happy and productive New Year to you all and Good Luck! See you on the mats.


MINDMind Games

Born and Raised in the City of Curitiba in southern Brazil. 19 years of Jiu-Jitsu and today is one of the professors and partners of Higher Ground Jiu-Jitsu in Rowland Heights, CA and a contributor to Jiu-Jitsu Magazine. You can keep in touch with him on his social media channels as well.

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