Life is a Mind Game

The mind is a powerful muscle one that needs to be flexed often through reading, studying and learning.   New tasks allow the mind to work to create new pathways and understanding.  A lot of the training that you will encounter as you learn how to defend yourself, either with a weapon or with your hands will be like this; meaning that you will struggle with it at first.  Do not worry, you are not alone in this, anyone who has attempted learning skills like presenting your weapon to a target or learning how to punch correctly have had the same trouble.  It is hard but it will get better, that is my promise to you.

This article is to let you know, not to give up!!  Hang in there, it truly does get better and if you stick to it, before you know it, you will be doing tactical reloads like you were born to…and if you keep reading these articles you will know what a tactical reload is.

It is normal to struggle as your mind and body work together to learn a new skill.  Just think if it was easy it wouldn’t be worth learning.  Do not buy into the belief that you are not capable of learning these “male” skills.  There is no such thing as a female or male skill. All skills take time and practice to make perfect no matter who is trying to accomplish them.  Anyone is capable of being a proficient firearms handler, martial artist or anything that they want to accomplish; it is not about capability of the body that limits us but the barriers of the mind.  And that is the mind game that you have to win.

“If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

Bruce Lee

Fear about being able to accomplish something is reasonable, what is not reasonable is to let those fears dictate our lives.  I have been recently training to run triathlons, I had never attempted to run one because I had convinced myself, before I ever stepped into a pool, that I was not capable of swimming the distances needed to finish a triathlon.  Finally, I made the decision that I was not going to let fear stop me anymore.

The first three weeks in the pool I thought I was going to drown every single workout.  I spit and spattered, but I was determined not to give up.  After a month I could do a lap or two but was exhausted after each.  I again let my mind control my capability by telling myself that I could never swim a long distance.  Luckily, I had a friend who did not let me linger and act upon those thoughts, he pushed me on.

Today three months in to my training I can swim 11 laps without a problem and am adding distance with every workout.  I convinced myself that I could not, so I did not.  As soon as I told myself I could, I did.  Those first couple of weeks was not a measurement of what I was capable of but was my brain and body trying to figure out how to work together in a new task.  Persisting through the struggling allowed my brain the time to adapt and get it right.  My brain was learning.  Once, I got past the learning stage I could increase my pace and actually started to enjoy swimming, which was not the case for that first month.

In conclusion, never, ever, ever, ever, give up ever.  Winston Churchill said that and he was right.  Do not let your mind control your capability but use your mind to motivate you to go beyond that which you thought was impossible.  Here’s to training hard and going the extra mile…or two to make you stronger, better and happier.

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