We have all heard the saying…
Less is more.
But how does that really work?
By doing less how can you actually be doing more?
There is a simple answer to this my friend.
That answer is…
I have students turning up to my martial arts school day in day out.
To them I say this…
If you are tired, do not train!
Did Raiden really just say that?
Surely the martial arts mentality is that of a tough warrior who trains no matter how broken or tired he is?
This mentality is a form of suppression.
It has been forced upon us by society.
We equate pain and discomfort with hard work.
And we do not believe we are growing, ascending or evolving unless we are working hard.
Hard work is not the answer.
Smart work is!
Smart work creates quality.
Quality is smart.
Quantity is hard.
It is all about how consistently you can produce quality.
That is the key to success!
I tell them not to train when they are tired or exhausted because if they do…
They will not react with instinct.
When we are tired our minds take control and we lose control of our thoughts and emotions.
This means that we make poor decisions.
A slow decision or the wrong one comes from a tired mind.
A tired mind equals a tired body.
A tired body equals slow movement and poor instinctual responses to a given stimulus.
This means poor quality training and this affects growth.
It is fine to turn up to the gym energised and to suffer defeat at the hands of a better opponent.
This will make you stronger, faster, more technical and will humble your ego.
You will grow from this!
But if you are turning up with no energy and getting beaten over and over again because you are tired…
This can not only lead to injury…
But will also destroy the students confidence, mood and morale.
It will destroy their mind!
And what they have to understand very quickly is that…
Leads to exhaustion.
Exhaustion creates poor quality training…
And poor quality training does NOT lead to greater technical quality.
Quality training in itself leads to greater technical quality!
So rather than training over and over again tired and exhausted.
To achieve effective results!
But with more…
To achieve quality results!