If you have not read Creating Weapon X – Part 1: Cognitive Dissonance and its Toxicity. I suggest you do so before reading part 2. The concepts and ideas will continue to grow with each part.
Part 2: Foundations of Performance – Psychological Factors 101 – Purpose
Ideal physical preparation will never compensate for deficiencies produced by psychological weaknesses. (Verkhoshansky, Siff 2009) Sporting performance depends heavily on psychological factors such as motivation, aggression, concentration, focus or attention, the ability to tolerate pain or the ability to sustain an effort, the perception of sensations and events in training, the placebo effect, communicative skills, the ability to cope with anxiety, the ability to cope with stress, attitude towards events and participants, attitude towards winning and losing, learning ability, general attitude, mood state, personality, alertness and vigilance, the ability to manage distractions, the ability to relax, the fear of pain, the fear of injury, perceived level of exertion and the perception of training loads. (Verkhoshansky, Siff 2009)
Your state of mind will determine the outcome of all events, which also holds true in training. Minimal adaptations, if any at all, will occur if the state of mind of the trainee is not in an ideal state to perform and progress.
In order to get into the ideal state of mind for anything, including training, we must first and foremost decide on our purpose. Our purpose is the reason for which we do something. Our purpose is our intention. Everything that ever happens in the universe begins with intention. Physical reality does not exist without intent. Whenever there is a thought or perception of reality, the brain’s disparate regions show a firing pattern of individual neurons in different parts of the brain. This activity which is initiated through intent, organizes everything into an experience in the brain – sight, sound, taste, smell, touch. (The world before it is observed and the nervous system before the desire or intent to observe something both exist as a dynamic, constantly changing, nonlinear chaotic field of activities in a state of non-equilibrium, unusable energy. Intent is synchronous in organizing these highly variable, seemingly chaotic and unrelated activities in a nonlocal universe into a highly ordered, self-organizing, dynamic system that manifests simultaneously as an observed world and a nervous system through which that world is observed. [Chopra 2003]) “The intention itself does not arise in the nervous system, although it is orchestrated through the nervous system. However, intent is responsible for more than cognition and perception. All learning, remembering, reasoning, drawing of inferences, and motor activity are preceded by intent. Intent is the very basis of creation.” Chopra 2003
The more an intention is repeated, the more likely the universal consciousness will create the same pattern as the intention. As a result, it will manifest the intention in the physical world. All awareness translates itself into physical energy. The more you pay attention to something, the more it appears, the larger it grows and the stronger it becomes. Both possible and impossible are an illusion created by our consciousness by awareness and intention. It is only through repeated thoughts and repeated intention that we can make the impossible become possible. It is through purpose that we accomplish anything.
Without purpose, we redefine ourselves to a label of “I”. When we identify as the limited “I” we lose our ability to imagine beyond the boundaries of what “I” traditionally considers to be possible. Without the identification of “I”, we open ourselves up to the universal consciousness and energy where everything already exists and everything is possible. It simply requires our intent to manifest that energy into a reality in our physical world.
To have a purpose is one of the most empowering feelings in the world. It gives you the ability to withstand anything that life throws at you. It gives a brand new sense to being alive. Your days become brighter and you become brighter. You give off a new glow and radiate a new energy. You gain a new ability to deal with stress as things become relative when put into perspective according to your purpose. You gain a new satisfaction from your actions and decisions. Your mind and your life begin to mold themselves around your new purpose and it is then that everything starts to fall into place.
One of the greatest gifts that God has given mankind is the consciousness that has the ability to choose a purpose. It is through purpose that we unlock a power within us that is far greater than anything we knew we had, pure limitless potential. When we get a taste of the potential we possess, we start to gain a momentum that can never be stopped.
When you decide your purpose, you also justify it to yourself. This justification of purpose makes us completely immune to the negative thoughts, feelings and opinions that arise within ourselves or are pushed upon us by others. We handle situations and people completely different than we ever have before.
Having a purpose is not the same as having a goal. If we look deeply within ourselves we can clearly see that the goals we have are there purely to serve our purpose, not to be our purpose. Our purpose is the driving force behind the goals that we set for ourselves. The goal is just a reflection of a small piece of our overall purpose.
Your purpose is something that is far greater than yourself, and it is something that you genuinely love pursuing. Your purpose will allow you to imagine beyond the boundaries of what is possible, to think outside the box, and to believe in miracles. Purpose cannot be forced, pushed or bullied. It comes to us with finesse and timing, through surrender, gratitude, trust and love.
Purpose is the first building block of mental preparedness for performance and strength production, in addition to supporting mental preparedness in any other aspect of life. It is through purpose that we find our motivation, our ability to focus and withstand pain, and maintain effort. Through purpose, we gain a new ability to cope with anxiety and stress, we can better manage distractions, and find an improved level of alertness. Purpose changes the way we look at things. When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at also change.
Without purpose we have a more narrow perspective, an obstructed mental vision. Ignorance facilitates constricted awareness. A constricted awareness looks at any particular situation and tries to solve it locally and directly. In a sense, it treats the symptoms of the situation but fails to see the larger problem. An expanded awareness, which is exposed through purpose, can look at the tangled web of relationships woven through the situation and understand the impact of all the parts involved.
I am not against pressure, force, hard work, or attacking something head-on, however, I am against not becoming the strongest and most fulfilled version of yourself because ignorance or a lack of understanding.
Find your purpose. Write it down. Read it back to yourself. Read it again. Read it every single day of your life. As more and more of your purpose becomes clear to you, continue to write down those expanded details. As these new details arise, let them expand and grow in your mind and soul. Allow the true depth of your purpose inside of you and allow it to completely consume you. Allow yourself to surrender to it. When you have found your purpose, or when your purpose has found you, it will have unlocked the limitless potential inside of your soul. You will begin to realize that all things are possible. You are powerful beyond measure. All you have to do is have intent, have a purpose, and have the drive to pursue it.