Homeruns or Singles?
In combat, knockout blows are few and far between. As such, a focus on trying to throw a single knockout blow is unrealistic and, I think, foolhardy.
Baseball (An Analogy)
In baseball, the more players from your team you can get on base the more runs your team will score. A simple single will get a runner on base. Rack-up one single after another, and soon the number of runs scored will go through the roof. There's also a lot less pressure placed on the player at bat if his (or her) aim is to just get on base and not hit it over the fence each time. Sure, a single is not nearly as exciting as a homerun. When was the last time you saw or heard fans scream and yell and jump up and down over a player hitting a single? Wow! Did you see that? He got on first! exclaimed no one.
Yes, homeruns are far more exciting and memorable, but in the end, it's the number of runs that count. Focus on singles, not home runs. While less memorable, your long-term wining-streak will become hard to ignore.
Back to combat (and a look at nature)...
Focus on getting in your hits (simple ones), not throwing a knockout blow. Even though you may, on occasion, land a knockout blow, it will be your succession of straight-forward, run-of-the-mill hits that gets the job done over the long-haul. Look at nature: it's a amazing how much sand can be eroded from a beach over a year's time—even without the occurrence of hurricanes or other large storm events. Over and over again, day after day, week after week, month after month, the waves crash; and, with each crash, a small amount of damage is done. Over time, these small damages can bring about significant changes to the beach landscape. Approach combat—actually, anything—with that mindset; in time, you'll rack-up more successes than you can count.
The Seven Steps to Success (A Return to the Baseball Analogy):
Focus on hitting a single and what that will look like (BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT, AND SEAL IT IN YOUR MIND'S EYE).
Step up to the plate (BE PRESENT—RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW).
Relax (BE PRESENT WITH YOUR BREATH).
Focus again on hitting just a single (DEPRESSURIZE BY REAFFIRMING EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT).
Watch and wait for the pitch (BE PATIENT, AND PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT'S HAPPENING [REMEMBER: DETAILS MATTER]).
Keep your eye on the ball (AGAIN, BE PRESENT, AND PAY ATTENTION ).
Relax, take your swing, and experience the hit knowing it will bring you exactly what you want (BE PRESENT, BE WHO YOU ARE [FALL BACK ON YOUR TRAINING], STAY THE COURSE [DON'T QUIT], AND TRUST THE PROCESS).
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