A Lesson in Attitude
Watching the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago, I knew who was going to win in the first 2 minutes of play. There was no mistaking it. The Giants, who apparently hadn’t read any of the sports predictions, came out on the field to play to win. The Patriots, well, they apparently had read the sports predictions and thought this was going to be a walk in the park for them given the attitude they had.
When you looked at the two teams on paper, the Patriots were better managed, more skilled, held all the records and apparently were destined to make history. Like we always say, NOTHING is guaranteed.
No matter how big, scary or bad the situation is - belief goes a long way.
The Giants were true believers. Most everyone had counted them out. When it came down to it, the Giants refused to listen to the naysayer and instead, believed in themselves. True “belief” doesn’t come from wishing, thinking or hoping. Belief is based on facts and prior events. It only comes from proper preparation - having a plan and training your plan.
The same principles hold true for women and self defense. Women’s self-defense and self-defense in general, isn’t about trying to beat up all comers. It’s not about being the toughest SOB out there. It’s simply about applying the right knowledge (training) at the right time (preparation).
In the real world, the criminal always has the advantage. They are the ones who pick the time and place. On paper, the criminal has the edge based on experience. But with proper training and awareness, that advantage is reduced. Through your training you will develop the proper mindset and a true belief in yourself.
Your preparation and training will give you the ability to respond confidently in the direst situations. Why? Because at the end of the day, it’s not about what style you’ve studied, it’s about what you believe you can do. And that, that comes from training.
**Angie M. Tarighi is the CEO/Founder of Women's Self-Defense Institute and EasySafety4U.com providing self defense training, education awareness & personal protection products empowering women to fight back against crime.