‘All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.’ – T.E Lawrence.
Today I’m thinking about what makes me tick. Not just as a fighter but as a person too. I’ve spent this week easing myself back into training after a week off that as always felt like forever away from the gym. Really when it comes down to it, sometimes I just want to train. And at the moment I’m focusing my energy on training and improving. I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those type of people who is very much a visual person. I often see myself doing what I want to achieve. Whether that be Thai boxing related or otherwise I find that it helps me focus on my goals, and on more than one occasion it’s helped me achieve exactly what I need to.
I’ve mentioned before that for my title fight I saw myself winning again and again, I even made it so real that when I was walking up to the ring in my minds eye, my heart would race and my adrenaline would kick in. I could see the crowd, I could hear the music, feel the atmosphere and I felt focused and ready. I saw myself fighting well round after round after round, until finally I would concentrate on the moment my hand went up. I would let myself feel what it would feel like to win that fight. And then when it finally happened all of what I wanted became my truth.
So I’ve decided to adopt this mentality with my training too. If I can see myself succeeding in competition then what’s to say that I can’t use it to see myself improving too? Of course just like with fighting, it’s there really to give myself additional focus as the way we all get better at any discipline is of course practice, practice and more practice but I hope you understand what I mean. Really when it comes down to it, I think that I’m showing my sub conscious or higher self what it needs to achieve and what I will look like when that goal is completed. It’s going to be interesting to see how it helps, and just like with the rest of my training it’s a work in progress.
By focusing on and visualizing positive goals and setting my intention I also find that I manage to deal with any kind of limiting beliefs that have taken shape. As soon as I started fighting any fears, any doubts were smashed and proved wrong, and when I won and then I won again I learnt that I can do anything that I put my mind to. I think right now I need to start getting back to that. Not to say it’s a fool proof method but from my point of view anything I can use to help develop myself as a martial artist and a fighter is always worth my time.
So this week and the next I’m going to be back at the gym training hard, and working on what needs to be worked on. I may possibly start adding some training videos to my You Tube channel too just to give you all a better understanding of what my training is like on a weekly basis. One thing that has always stood out to me as a fighter is that people don’t get to see the hard work that goes into fight training or training in general, and it’s something at some point I would like to share with you too. After all, it may be my journey but it’s good to have you here and to train with you all so thank you. I’ve got some big improvements to make but it’s going to be good fun making them. Have a good week and as always.. I’ll see you on the road.