Mental strength sometimes can be more important than the physical strength. If you think otherwise, ask people who suffer from nervousness. Being mentally strong is not easy as being physically strong. You can do a bunch of exercises and be physically strong, but mind is more complex than that. Mind is like a room which is a maze where the walls are made of mirrors. It is more incomprehensible whenever you try to understand more. You just see the reflections of what you see in there. But there is always more to it than just the surface that we see.
Mind is something that no one has been able to define or understand with surety. There can be hunches and guesses. Every person is different and, hence his mind different from one another’s. There can be many ways to improve one’s mental strength. But, it is important to note that, it has to be tailor-made.
But, there are a few things that usually work for everyone. Firstly, it is important to believe in self. There is no right or wrong. It can be right if you believe that it is right. Belief is of the nature that it has to be nurtured for it to nurture your mind. All you have to do is “Believe”, and it can do wonders for you.
Secondly, we can start talking about emptying our cups. Not our tea cups. It is the mind, metaphorically represented as the cup, should be emptied. Every time you learn something, empty your mind. Confusing, isn’t it? Actually, it is quite simple. Every single time you learn something; always learn it with an open mind. Don’t try to learn it by comparing it with what you learnt earlier. It is easier to grasp when you learn with an open mind. Don’t think about anything at all but try to concentrate on what you are learning. Your mind has to be empty to learn. Otherwise the cup will just overflow and we all know that it is a mess in that situation. It helps to be open-minded so that you see same stuffs in different perspectives every day.
‘Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.’
-Tao of Jeet Kune Do
Next, we will talk about the actual situation of self-defense or mostly nowadays, in competitions. Mostly, we are intimated by our opponents, especially if he is huge compared to you. Bruce lee had a solution to this and it seems practical as well. When we are facing an opponent, we should think that the opponent is not there at all. This quote will help us to understand more.
‘Because the word “I” does not exist. A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit, it hits by itself. Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it.’
Obviously, this works only if you have practiced so much that the techniques have become like a second nature to you. If you haven’t practiced, only then you need to think about what you should do and shouldn’t. That is when uncertainty kicks in and your opponent has an upper hand.
So, let us all have belief in ourselves, empty our cups and practice a lot and work hard towards excellence.