Training your physical skills are important, but are you NOT sharpening your mind and your spirit?
A fighter’s journey always starts in the mind. It just takes a thought or a declaration to say that you want something different in your life. It also might be a moment or incident that causes you to contemplate your every being.
For me, it happened in somewhat of a flash when I was a young “knucklehead” in my early 20’s. I found myself in a street scrap with a local thug where I felt as if I might just barely walk away with my life. Luckily it was just a busted nose, and a fractured eye socket that I was able to take as a message for change.
From that moment on, I was determined to never let anything like that happen again. I remember the thought “I need to learn something that will protect my life”. This is how I found Muay Thai and this is what changed my state of mind forever.
Present day, after 20+ years of training, competing, learning, and coaching in the sport, otherwise known as “The most distinguished form of fighting”, I have realized 8 key ways to hone the Nak Muay Intellect.
1. Use your imagination: As a kid Bruce Lee was my idol (as with most Martial Artists). After my incident, every day I would envision different ways to become self sufficient. Use your imagination while shadowboxing, every round with a different opponent and/or scenario.
2. Make the vision dominant (like a pop up/banner in your head): See yourself doing or being what you want every day, all day. I became dedicated to the thought of being able to defend my life and it is still my thought on a daily basis, not just for me now but for my family as well. Take moments in your day to “see” what you want for yourself.
3. Write down your goals: Put what you want on paper so that you can stay the course. Written goals ensure focus and persistence. The gym I own now started as an idea on paper. Use this in your next training camp and feel more control over your direction and journey to victory.
(Click next to read the final 5 tips to developing a warrior mindset)