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Old 09-22-2009, 01:52 PM   #26
Kevin Leavitt
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Re: Focus

Matthew wrote:

What about people who share the exact same (or near enough) goal and appear to train very similarly, yet one progresses quicker than the other? I typically think of the difference as a matter of focus because in my experience that's always seemed to make the difference. That is to say, where mind leads body, the ability to focus in on the key elements of a lesson/situation (which can change easily from situation to situation despite outward appearances) seems to make the difference. So I'm curious about ways people work on it.
I don't know. Sometimes things come to people that are naturally gifted much easier than others, and it takes alot less focus and work for them to achieve these things. I hate those people!

Recently I have noticed that in BJJ younger guys that start at like 10 years old and practice for 10 years are black belts at 20 and very good!

An adult that starts at 20 and practices for ten years may not be as good. Why is that?

Well my theory has to do with the way the brain works. Just like how it is easy for kids to learn languages when young.

This has nothing to do with how hard someone works or how focused...it has to to with physiology.

We need to recognize this in what we do so we can put things in the right perspective and stop beating ourselves up about dumb stuff that does not matter in the greater scope of life!

I think there are alot of variables that play into "getting better" or mastery. Focus is a part of it, but what is the realitive importance of it? I don't know. I suspect that it is not as important maybe as we'd like (hope) that it does.

We can try hard and really want something and no matter how bad we want it or focus we have on it...it ain't gonna happen.

Like, I am never gonna be "Miss America". No matter how bad I wanna be!

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