It sort of sneaks up on you, doesn’t it? You work tirelessly on a particular problem-skill, technique, etc. and you don’t even notice when you have progressed in other areas.
We’re all guilty of it at some point or another: I wish I could tell you that I knew exactly when my jiu jitsu progressed or “got better”, if you will. I don’t know, I nitpick over small details and then there are those magical moments where everything comes together, and I’m fairly certain I’m not the only one who does this: in jiu jitsu and in life in general. But as I have mentioned before, we all have a fantastic knack for learning from our mistakes and getting better, moving onto more advanced, difficult situations even though we don’t always feel like we are moving forward.
So essentially if you feel like your progress sneaks up on you, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. 😉