Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

W.W. Ziege

Attitude is both internal and external. Internally, it’s about how to process the events and circumstances in your life and externally it’s about how you present yourself to the world. The focus of this article is on the internal as it pertains to your martial arts development.

When I first started training in the martial arts there were scattered bits of information about the mental side of training.  But it wasn’t until I became a junkie for this aspect of my game that I really started to grow as a martial artist and a person.  My journey into the mental side of training led me to two sources, personal development (goal setting, time management, success strategies etc.) and metaphysical (spiritual and self help texts). In these two categories over the past 25 years I have amassed a library of over 500 books and audio recordings. Pouring over all this material and applying it at every opportunity has given me, and consequently you, the “other side” of training.  The “other side” to training is all about attitude.  It’s about how you manage yourself internally both on and off the mat. When you get your attitude right on the mat it gets your internal processes right off the mat as well. It’s like having your cake and eating too.

For me, and nearly everyone I talk to in the martial arts, there are the same issues and barriers to achievement. Namely dealing with failure, lack of motivation, impatience and fear. Most of the articles I write for this newsletter are aimed at targeting these generic categories. And to be honest, I write these articles as much for my own development as yours. Cause here’s the truth; I struggle with failure, lack of motivation, impatience and fear almost everyday I train. The only difference for me is that I have invested as much, if not more, into my internal martial arts as I have my external martial arts. And this gives me the edge I need to be at the top of my game and to process my barriers to martial arts achievement in a way that supports me.  The purpose of this article is not to show how cool I am but rather to prove that you can do it too.  You too can have an attitude where every training session makes you into a better person, makes you hungry for more and challenges you to improve next time. It’s about getting your thinking and actions congruent with your desires and being prepared to stuff it up, feel uncomfortable and make mistakes but still come back again to make more improvements. It’s about looking at your peers for inspiration and emulating the part of their game that impresses you the most. It’s about training when you’re tired, sore, not up for it and lazy because you know that at the end of the session you will feel a million times better than you did before it.

And ultimately once you have a handle of your internal game on the mat you can take those same traits and apply them to your daily life. Then you will see the fruits of your attitude.