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Right mind


Frame or state of mind is a mental or emotional attitude, outlook, or mood that influences one's behavior or actions. When trying to accomplish something, if you are not the right frame of mind, you will not do your best or you may even fail. For example, if you feel sympathy for your attacker, you may not do what needs to be done to stop the attack.

Warrior frame of mind

Having the right frame of mind allow fighters to execute their fighting strategies, tactics, and techniques effectively and efficiently. There are many martial arts stories about swordsmen who, when facing each other, one senses the superiority of the other and bows out before the fight.
As a martial artist, your basic frame of mind is always that of a warrior. A warrior faces everything with the intent to do the right things to win, even if it means sacrificing one’s own life.
A warrior’s combat frame of mind at any moment depends on the circumstances at the moment. When sparring, your frame of mind is to win the match while staying within the rules. When in a self-defense situation, your frame of mind to use whatever level of force is necessary to escape or stop the attacker from attacking. When at war, your frame of mind is to kill the enemy.

Strategies for cultivating a winning frame of mind

  • Realize that you don’t always win. Look for the upside of a bad situation. “I lost to lessor fighter” becomes “I underestimated my opponent; I won’t do that again.”  
  • Develop a growth mindset. Think of a setback as a lesson to grow from instead of a failure to endure. Learn from failures and use them as stepping-stones instead of roadblocks.
  • Broaden your scope. When threatened, your brain targets the threat concentrates on it. This limits your ability to see the bigger picture. Look around and see all the possibilities.
  • Take chances. In tough situations, take small risks instead of predicting negative outcomes before giving them a try.
  • Don’t blow things adversity out of proportion. Don’t let one bad experience define your character. 
  • Focus on the solution, not the problem. If you are worried about the problem, which is nonproductive, you will have less time to find a productive solution.
  • Have a long talk with yourself. Practice positive thinking and positive self-talk. Bring your problems to yourself and discuss them with yourself. Get tough on yourself but remember to reward yourself when you do a thing right. 
  • Hang out with the right people. Positivism and optimism are contagious so surround yourself with positive, optimistic people, not losers.
  • Remember that everyone has failed at something. Failure is neither personal nor final, it’s just something that happens. If it’s fate, move on to the next thing. If it could have been avoided, don’t let it happen again.
Source: Robinson, B. E. (2017). Winning Frame of Mind. Psychology Today. Online:

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