Branch out or start from Scratch?
I have a rather odd issue.
This is not about technique! This is all about mindset/how to approach my goal!
Right now my game (for competition and in general as well) is based on pulling guard or getting to guard since I am very strong of my back (I get mainly armbars and triangles - honestly that is what I get 98%). When I roll/compete I am "too relaxed" I seldom push for things, I just wait for my opponent to move and then I capitalize on their mistakes. And it works well for me.
This all is mainly due to me being small and since I started (I never really rolled with a bunch of white belts or people of my weight) I was afraid of getting my guard passed and end up being smothered. So I play it "save".
But I don't want to be like this anymore!
In the long run you play for subs from your back, you will get passed and/or you just lose on points if you won't get the sub.
So I thought, I want to be a different kind of grappler.
I want a strong dominant top game, going for passes and focusing on what I call "neck control" (look at marcello garcia - he manipulates his opponents via neck control) with a focus on arm chokes.
The question is, how do I get there?
I tried to go for my regular game and branch out but I end up doing the same old pattern, not pushing, just waiting and I seem to find the subs even if I am looking for a sweep. The only thing I can do is use the sub to sweep but this doesn't feel like what I am looking for since I only get top time when I actually already "could have ended it right there".
How do I approach this best? How do I get into that mindset of forcing my game on people? How do I avoid falling back on my old jits?
Thank you guys in advance...