“Make the mind command the body. Never let the body command the mind.”
Stress is a part of life, whether it be physical, mental, or social. The stress you experience can vary depending on your situation. If you’re walking up a steep hill during a hike or run, your body will feel physically stressed as you fatigue. If you’re working on multiple deadlines within your job and are running out of time then this could lead to mental stress as well as physical exhaustion. We may experience social burnout from receiving an overwhelming amount of messages and emails that all demand your attention and action now!
The ability to persevere and further our mental capacity and decision-making under stress is built from a warrior’s mindset. A warrior’s mindset can also be described as someone who doesn’t give up in the face of adversity nor consider quitting an option. As civilians, we face many battles on a regular basis, and these battles can change quickly from day to day, or even hour to hour. The ability to make quick decisions when under fire is paramount in any situation where there are multiple variables at play.
From a perspective of self-defence, when we are faced with serious and dire circumstances, it is imperative that we are aware of our environment, tools available to us, and how to assess quick/correct decisions to maximise our safety. Training physical and tactical aspects will serve us well, but we must not forget to elevate our mental conditioning. KMG methods include developing mental endurance, controlled aggression and determination to overcome these circumstances not only on the battlefield but within our daily lives too.