Ace of Diamond Anime Life Lessons

Trust The Process, Nothing Happens Overnight

Ace Of Diamond Episode 9 Insights Part 1

Sawamura pestering Chris to practice with him πŸ˜„

One of the things that I really like about Ace of Diamond are the comedic scenes and its humor. The series is filled with them. But it’s also packed with life lessons. That’s one of the things that I really like about anime in general. Most of the animes that I have watched are filled with life lessons. It’s very rare for you not to learn a thing or two from an anime series that you are watching. Sometimes they are obvious, but there are also times that these life lessons are subtly implied. You just really have to pay attention to them.

I guess that’s really part of the Japanese culture in general. I really like their fighting spirit. You can see that in almost every anime character. And it’s very contagious. You can’t help but get fired up as well haha.

In addition to that, you will learn a lot about the subject matter/topic/theme of the anime that you are watching. Most of them are real life facts. And I really like them because I love learning in general haha.

For one, I got to know about Jack Dempsey and other real life boxers because of Hajime no Ippo. Yeah, I’m a boxing fan as well haha. I’m a big fan of martial arts and combat sports in general actually haha.

Not Everything Is What It Seems

Chris doing his injury rehabilitation regimen with his dad

Anyway, let’s talk about the 9th episode of Ace of Diamond. In this episode, Sawamura is gradually realizing the reasons behind Chris‘ actions and his demeanor towards him.

At first, Sawamura thought Chris didn’t like him. And he also thought Chris was a slacker because he always go home early after every practice. But that is not the case. Chris was actually helping him. It’s just his method is not for everybody. And Chris is not a slacker. The reason that he goes home early after every practice is because of his injury rehabilitation sessions with his dad. You see Chris didn’t gave up on baseball. If anything, he’s very determined to play baseball again.

“What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Not everything is what it seems, this is why it’s very important for us not to make judgements and assumptions just basing on what we hear, see, feel and so on. We should always aim to dig deeper. Because there is always an underlying reason/principle behind everything. Be it a person’s actions or otherwise.

Overworking Yourself Is Ineffective

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

– Bruce Lee

So when Sawamura realized that Chris doesn’t dislike him, he became very eager to follow all of Chris’ instructions. He’s gradually seeing the wisdom behind Chris’ training methods. But Chris told him to slow down and take things slowly. It can be inferred that way.

This is what he told Sawamura, “you still don’t know how to use your body well… Overworking yourself is ineffective. Practice isn’t about aimlessly working hard. Learn to rest.”

Indeed, practice isn’t about aimlessly working hard. And life in general shouldn’t be lived aimlessly. We should always go through it purposely. We should always have an in mind. I believe that is one of the keys to a well-lived and fulfilling life.

As with practice, deliberate practice is more productive than any other kind of practice. So whatever it is that you do, whether you are an athlete or otherwise, always remember to be deliberate with your practice sessions. It’s a matter of quality over quantity. Practice done in a short amount of time with intense focus is better than a lengthy practice with no real aim or goal.

Deliberate Practice

“You can only fight the way you practice.”

– Miyamoto Musashi
Chris and Sawamura practicing

Miyamoto Musashi, a legendary Japanese swordsman once said, “you can only fight the way you practice.” Indeed it’s true. We cannot expect a stellar performance if we are not giving it our best in our practice sessions. This is why we should be deliberate in our practice sessions. We should make every practice count.

The wisdom behind this is that deliberate practice is focused thus it is more efficient and effective. If you will just go around with your practice without any real aim, you will not see any improvements in your performance.

Aim to improve at least one aspect of your game or craft everyday. Small increments with real focus are better than big leaps with no real focus. Over time, these small increments will accumulate. And before you even notice it, you are already on your way towards mastering your craft/game.

Trust The Process

“Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.”

– Warren Buffett
Sawamura watching his team mates practice
Sawamura watching his teammates practice in an effort to learn more about baseball

This is why it’s also very important for us to trust the process. Because as Nick Saban have said, β€œthe process is what you have to do day in and day out to be successful.” And as Bill Walsh have said, β€œconcentrate on what will produce the results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.”

Because the process is really more important than the results. As they say, it’s the journey that counts the most, not the destination itself. The journey will make the whole endeavor worthwhile. The endeavor will be more meaningful because of them.

You will value the endeavor more because of the journey. The hardships, the struggles, and the challenges that you will face along the way will become nuggets of wisdom that you will treasure dearly. The lessons that you will learned from them will prepare you for the tough road ahead. They will toughen you up. They will make you more resilient and gritty.

Don’t Focus On The Results

“Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them.”

– Bruce Lee

Also, focusing on the results will only make you worry. But it will not do anything to prepare you for the endeavor. Doubts, fears, worries and the like are overcomed by action. As Dale Carnegie have said, “inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” So focus on the process. Get moving. If you have made the right preparations, the results will follow eventually.

“Pursue excellence and success will come chasing you.”

– Ranchodas Chanchad, 3 Idiots

So focus on the process. Focus on what will get you the results that you want. Focus on chasing excellence. If you pursue excellence, success will come knocking at your door. And just don’t forget to pray because as I always say, prayers can really do wonders. 😊

The Value Of Rest

Like Sawamura, there are times that we become so eager and excited with something that we seem to forget about everything else. All we wanna do is to keep on engaging in that activity all day, 24/7.

For Sawamura, that’s baseball. As his coach once remarked, he’s like a baby/child who just learn how to play baseball. His very eager and passionate. He just want to play it badly.

But like what Chris have said, overworking the body is ineffective, we should learn how to rest. Resting is not an act of laziness. It’s a sign that someone is smart enough to recognize that overworking the body will only lead to injuries, poor performance and the like.

Chris learned that the hard way. And he don’t want Sawamura to repeat the same mistake. That’s why his teaching Sawamura the value of rest and conditioning.

Pushing ourselves to be always at our best is commendable and admirable. But we should not forget about recovery. Our bodies can only take so much. They have limitations. That’s why we shouldn’t abuse them.

Recovery is part of a smart and sound regimen. Remember, it’s not an act of laziness. Please don’t be guilty to take a rest every once in a while. Your performance and well-being will greatly benefit from it. 😊

If you want to know more about the value of taking a break in our lives, then you might want to check out this blog entry. It’s from the other blog that I manage, Fueled by Wisdom. 😊

The Value Of Patience (Nothing Happens Overnight)

β€œI start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.”

– Lionel Messi

Lastly, I want to remind you guys to keep on going, no matter what it is that you do. Don’t give up. Know that your efforts are not in vain. Just trust the process. Be patient. Overworking is indeed ineffective in the long run. It will do us more harm than good. Being eager and passionate with our craft is a good thing. But we should also acknowledge the fact that our bodies can only do so much. The have limitations. So we should not abuse them.

Let’s not rush things. Great things take time. We shouldn’t bite more than what we can chew. Let’s take things one step at a time. That is more healthy in the long run.😊

If we focus on the process, on what will bring us results, results will eventually follow.😊 So just focus on doing your best. Focus on being excellent. And just have faith in Him☝. Whatever the end result will be, just know that He knows what’s best for you. He will always lead you to there.😊

Thank You!

Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘‹


If you want to know more about deliberate practice, you can check this blog entry. This one also. You can also include this blog entry if you have more time to spare.😊 Again, thank you for reading this blog entry. Till next time!πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘‹

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