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The Martial Artist’s Mindset

In last week’s video where we went in-depth about our Core Values, I posed the following question:

What characteristics do YOU think make
up the Martial Artist’s Mindset?

Here’s a list of just some of the answers posted:

  • Humility
  • Discipline
  • Patience
  • Desire
  • Persistence
  • Determination
  • Compassion
  • Mindfulness
  • Focus
  • Humble
  • Playful
  • Poise
  • Perseverance
  • Inner drive
  • Willingness to help your training partners
  • Openness to learn
  • Striving to be better
  • Don’t shy away from hard work
  • Commitment
  • And more!

While many shared different traits, there was a common theme amongst them all and you can clearly pick it out from the list above.

The reason why I asked this question in the first place was because it relates to the PURPOSE that I’ve chosen for my business, which is: To help martial artists get in top shape.

And in the video, I stated that I don’t want to just help people who practice martial arts, but also those that adopt the martial artist’s mindset and the list above is exactly why.

Imagine what it’s like as a Coach to work with
someone who embodies even just a few
characteristics from the list above?

Better yet, imagine that person’s results in fitness and life!

Could be something like this (still one of my favourite videos):

In 2004, I started as a Personal Trainer at a local gym and like any local gym, my clients were all your typical person who wants to lose some weight but doesn’t particularly care for exercise.

Once I started training MMA fighters in 2006, the difference in attitude between the regular peeps and the martial artists was clear and I got so much more joy and fulfillment out of working with the fighters that I slowly transitioned to working with them full time.

So now, I’ve determined that I will only work with those that either have this mindset or are willing to adopt it, because then, I can be at my best and I can help them become their best.

The characteristics I’ve chosen that embody the Martial Artist’s Mindset are the following:

  • Being humbly confident
  • Being a student (coachable and always learning and progressing)
  • Embracing long-term goals
  • Being consistent
  • Taking pride in doing things right
  • Releasing tension

At some point in the future, I’ll go in more depth into my thoughts on each of these, but for the most part, I feel they’re self-explanatory.

This list isn’t better or worse than the list above, it’s just the list of characteristics that I’ve found the best people to work with exhibit.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve shared
the direction I’m headed and who I want
to come along with me on this journey…

I’m going to take the next couple of weeks off from writing blog posts or emails (I’ll still be hanging out on FB once in a while) to focus on ensuring everything is on point for my upcoming product launch.

That means you’ll be getting a little break from me. ;)

I want to leave you with one little tip that’s really helped me keep focused on what’s truly important to me: minimize the amount of input coming in to your brain.

And here are 3 of the ways I’m doing it:

1) Stop reading the news.

Nothing important really happens and if it did, you’d hear about it.

2) Unsubscribe from 90% of email newsletters.

I now receive only 3 newsletters and it’s actually enjoyable to be able to go into my Inbox and I don’t end up where OTHERS want me to go. [Yes, that includes my newsletter if it doesn’t resonate]

3) Stop surfing the web (or channel surfing) randomly.

When I’m not conscious of it, I’m guilty of the following loop: TSN.ca, thestar.com, cagepotato.com, mmafighting.com, my FB page, lather, rinse, repeat.

Now, I do my best to choose what I want to read when I want to read it and it’s freed my mind up to be more productive and creative.

The web (and to a lesser extent, TV) is designed to trap you and guide you along all sorts of tangents and this is a way your brain’s connections go haywire.

Bruce Lee said:

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.

When you browse the web mindlessly, you’re practicing 10,000 kicks once.

But when you direct your focus to what YOU want, you’re building that muscle and those neurological connections to GET WHAT YOU WANT.

Now, I’d love to hear your thoughts about the Martial Artist’s Mindset or the tip I shared to minimize the input below and we’ll talk in a couple of weeks. :D

– Eric

5 Comments

  • mick

    Reply Reply Wed, July 30, 2014

    What you said is spot on. We must direct our focus and minimize the amount of information that flows into our brains.
    It is important to feed the mind, but it must be done in moderation.

    This society rewards producers, not consumers!

  • Michele

    Reply Reply Tue, July 29, 2014

    I just want to thank you for sharing and underlining the characteristics that, “embodies the martial artist mindset” and also the minimization of the high levels of information rubbish that we allow to have crammed down our throats. I am the boss of me…both my body, and my brain! Thank you, Eric!

  • Juho

    Reply Reply Mon, July 28, 2014

    Bruce’s 10 000 kicks resonates nicely with the 10 000 hours theory (that you have to put in ten thousand hours to really master something). And 10 000 hours or even kicks are hard to get, if you are driving to get those 10 000 in numerous of different fields (as most of us are (I wanna be really good in this and that, and that and this)).
    You have done your 10 000 hours, so it’s really exiting to see, whats up next.

  • nikolaus

    Reply Reply Mon, July 28, 2014

    hey i hate to write off topic, so do you have an email? i’ve been trying to cancel my powerdojo membership for a long time now.

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