We all get stuck from time to time, both in training and in life.
In training we may get good at a few things and then plateau a little. In order to continue improving we need to try new things and experiment. But doing so means we will go backwards a little in sparring, get our guard passed, get submitted, etc.
Often the only way to overcome this is to drop our current plan and try something new, something we are not as good at. Something that is likely to leave us making more mistakes at first.
That old martial arts rule of leaving your ego at the door becomes very important in this sort of situation. But training is not competing, if you only stick to your “A-Game” in training you won’t get very far.
Like everything in training this parallels real life. Often people get stuck with jobs they don’t like that barely pay the bills, but feel they can’t afford to take the time to upgrade their education or start over in a new career that might mean a pay cut at first or a risk of not being able to do it.
It’s not easy, but sometimes we have to swallow our pride and take a step back so that we can take the next 5 steps forward. In training this might mean losing more in sparring and getting put in bad positions. In work it might mean tightening a budget for a while, or putting in the extra hours after work to upgrade skills.
There is a old quote that goes “An arrow can only be shot forward by pulling it backwards”, and sometimes we have to do that with ourselves.