The marketing genius Seth Godin recently wrote a blog post about the difference between anxiety and anticipation. He defines anxiety as experiencing failure in advance. Do you ever do this when you train?
Racecar drivers understand that if they ever lose control of the car that they are not to stare at the wall. If they stare at the wall, they have a better chance of hitting the wall.
I have noticed that my most productive training sessions begin with me anticipating it being a great session. Whether it’s Jiu-Jitsu, takedowns, or striking, I usually have one technique or principle that I’m excited about trying to use.
Remember also that lessons in martial arts are lessons in life. Are you anticipating mediocrity or failure in your relationships? Your business or job? In any of your goals?