With the last couple of posts talking about flexible tools or weapons I thought it would be time to talk about having a flexible mind. What is a flexible mind? Well it is when you do not fixate on something. Anyone who has been training for quite a while has at some point employed a lock on someone or went with a certain game plan and it was not working. When you have a flexible mind and something is not working you just switch to something else. For example if you are grappling and you have an armbar but your opponent is defending it well then you should switch to a sweep, triangle, etc. Another example might be that when thinking about your perimeter home defense you need to every now and then step back and think like a burglar/criminal and attempt to figure out how they would get in the house. This flexible mind is very, very important. The ability to change or be flexible is essential. Due not fixate all the time or you will miss details that could help you accomplish your task.
Every time I went into an adverse situation whether physical or mental during my work in the law enforcement, security or loss prevention field I would have a plan or several plans. These plans however were kind’ve like guidelines but in each specific situation would need to be tweaked or changed to get the desired outcome. I could still stay within the rules that I had to but the plan or implementation method might change depending on the situation. That is being flexible and using your flexible mind. It is very important for success.
Flexiblity is a key attribute that will allow you to succeed in life. Every situation cannot be managed by one method. So in order to succeed you have to be flexible enough to change in the moment and read the situation and adapt to what is needed. Eventually you will get so good at it that you will simply slip into the Instinctive Response and take care of business. That is cool!
Flexibility Is Essential In Life It Allows You To Adapt To Change and Counter Strife!
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