Train the mind and the body will follow

Keith Cunningham

Too many people in our world think that owning the right gear and reading about a specific skill is enough. Well, it’s not.

During a podcast interview with Mike Moore, a former SERE instructor, I asked about a fundamental truth about survival situations that most people don’t understand. His answer was simple: “Not everyone is going to make it.”

The key differentiator between those who made it and those who don’t is the unyielding belief that you’ve got this.

In this section, you’ll find all of my articles, podcast episodes, and marksman challenges about training your mind to naturally achieve success. This takes work, practice, and discipline. Reading an article or book about it is a start, but truly developing your tactical mindset means challenging yourself to succeed. 

Small victories lead to big victories. I implore you to start with goal setting and make winning a habit in your life.

You rarely get to choose “the moment.” Instead, the moment chooses you. Are you ready?

/// Mindset Archive

Sharpening the Edge: There’s Value in Competition

Life is full of competition. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, all of life is a giant competition for resources and reproduction. Entire species either prosper or go extinct on the macro level due to their collective abilities to compete in an ever-changing environment.

Nations, businesses, and people operate in a similar way. And so should you.

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What Can We Learn from COVID-19 So Far?

I don’t’ write typical “blog posts” very often, but this is one of those days. We’re well into the panic of COVID-19, and things don’t show any signs of slowing down. I wanted to take a moment to share some of my observations and lessons learned so far in this mess.

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The Dirty A-Word: Accountability

Have you ever been frustrated by not achieving your goals? It doesn’t really matter what the goal itself was. Perhaps it was [another] weight loss target, or putting in some extra hours on a hobby. We’ve all had that moment where it just fell apart.

It sucks.

Today I want to talk about the number one reason than this happens. It’s not going to be some quick fix that anyone can sell you, it’s not a book, or some slick goal-setting method. Nope, it’s just good old fashioned accountability.

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It’s Not About the Numbers: Focusing on the Right Stuff

In this week’s episode, I go on a bit of a rant about focusing on the right things in life. Goals and scores are good, but they don’t make you happy.

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Surviving so You Can Piss Off the Mortgage Company

In this episode of Everyday Marksman Radio, I’m talking to former Army Special Forces SERE instructor Mike Moore about what it takes to survive an emergency. We dig into survival myths, homemade survival kits, and more.

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Matt Versus the Cardio Machine: Beating the Mastery Plateau

Despite the title, this episode is not really about cardio equipment or the many benefits of cardio training, that you already know. Instead, this is a short episode discussing a thought I had while exhausting myself on my rowing machine a couple of weeks ago. The seeming slog of cardio is a lot like the path to mastery.

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The Meaning of Being Armed in Modern Society

Being armed is not the same thing as being a gun owner. Being armed is a state of mind. It’s a choice of committing to something deeper and more elusive.

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From the First Time to the Best Time: The Making of a Shooting Family

In this episode, I sit down with my wife, Allison, to discuss her evolution from knowing nothing about firearms to being a supporter of marksmanship and the shooting sports. We also cover tips for introducing your significant other to firearms and firearms culture.

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100 for 30 Pushup Challenge

This challenge is about the lowly pushup, one of the simplest and most effective exercises you can do. But, really, it’s not about the pushup itself- it’s about discipline and routine building.

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An Appeal to Heaven

I didn’t want to record this episode. As you know, I try to keep my opinions to myself when it comes to politics. But, sometimes the very thing you are interested in becomes political. With everything that is going on with the recent special elections in Virginia, I can no longer avoid the topic.

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Mental Marksmanship: Train the Mind, and the Rest Will Follow

Linda Miller and Keith Cunningham are the authors of Secrets of Mental Marksmanship, How to fire Perfect Shots. They are accomplished shooters in both the civilian and military worlds, and today we are talking about developing the right mindset.

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Bringing New Shooters into the Fold: A Range Day Story

Today’s episode is simple: I wanted to talk about a recent experience taking two new shooters to the range for the first time. I think this is one of those pivotal moments in peoples’ lives, and we should strive to get it right for their first time.

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