Self-doubt, indecision, and fear are the three elements that cause Internal Focus and destroy your chances for winning a conflict. These same three elements will cause you to fail in life as well. When you allow yourself to focus on these, your training begins to slide, your motivation decreases, and eventually you will give up.
These feelings feed on each other. Self-doubt causes indecision. Indecision causes failed techniques, which in turn produces a fear your techniques will not work. Fear then creates more self-doubt, which drives more indecision causing more failure and fear. It snowballs until you don’t believe you can win a confrontation. This type of cycle can happen in relationships, at work, school, your dreams, goals, etc.
Self-doubt is one of the hardest to feeling to get control and it is the key to controlling indecision and fear. I don’t really like the saying “Believe in yourself” because it over used and sometimes used in place of believing in God. That being said, you do have to trust you. You must believe you can accomplish the task or win the fight. Having confidence in your abilities the first step to success. If you don’t think you can win, then why start?
Removing self-doubt requires several different things. One, it requires training. Consistent training only improves you and removes doubt about your abilities. The martial arts style you practice can impact the results of a fight, but more than anything else it is your trust in your abilities and your determination. Practice so you can trust yourself to win. Secondly, sometimes you must ignore the naysayers. Others will try to tear you down and make you doubt yourself. Either because they are jealous, egotistical, hateful, or simple ignorant. Walk above them so they do not demotivate you on your journey to your goal. Third, set small goals to reach your large goals, and celebrate when you reach the small goals. Pt yourself on the back and cheer yourself on to the larger goal. This build self-confidence and proves to you and others you can do it. These three items will remove your self-doubt and allow you to succeed in life and in a physical confrontation.
If you live and fight from the position of the Triangle Of Failure others will know it too without you even telling them. Like animals, which sense fear, humans are no different. The vibrations of fear pass from one mind to another just as quickly & surely as a human voice. Your opponent or the predator in the alley will sense your fear & use it to his advantage. The Triangle Of Failure needs to be mastered before you will succeed and win.