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

American Martial Arts

In session 003, Allison and I talk about the underlying philosophy of The Everyday Marksman and why I believe in teaching tactical skills for all citizens is an important goal.

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Fun is Allowed, So Stop Being so Serious

There’s been an idea rolling around in my head for a long time: fun is allowed. You see, in today’s short episode, I’m discussing what I hope becomes a recurring theme on the site for a while. Have you ever gotten the sense that we, the people of the gun, take things just a little too seriously?

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The Enemy Gets a Vote: Fighting Rifles in the Real World

In this episode I’m talking to Jeff Gurwitch again. He recently put up a video on his YouTube channel that caught my attention. Why? Well, because on the surface it contradicts my own advice of, “Let the mission dictate the configuration.”

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You Weren’t Built for Safety

This is a short Mindset (with a bit of musing) of something that crossed my mind. I recently came across a video about our culture’s growing obsession with safety, and it made me think a bit about how humans are simply not built for safety. We’re built for danger, and we are at our best when we act like it.

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Getting Life Back and Firing on All Cylinders

I feel like it’s been time for a change up, what about you? We’ve all set goals for ourselves over the last year, some have done well and others haven’t. Maybe, like me, it’s been mixed.

Well, it’s time for a shock to the system and a kick in the pants. This is what I’m doing.

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Fireside Chat: Establishing a New Heading

This episode expands on my last post about the future of The Everyday Marksman. I’m ready to talk a bit more about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and the role you can play in it.

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Don’t Just Dress Around The Gun

In this episode of the Everyday Marksman, I’m talking to Alex Sansone, better known as The Suited Shootist and operator of the blog and YouTube channel under the same name. Alex is a bit different than most of the other guests I’ve had on the show because he doesn’t have the same military or high-level competition background as others. He’s a regular citizen who happens to care about protecting himself and his family while looking good doing it.

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Introduction to the Francs Tireurs, the Little-Known Irregular French Sniper

This is a short post today, as it’s more of a musing than anything. I wanted to touch upon something that I recently came across while reading John West’s Fry the Brain. This is a history about a group of French citizens who ground an enemy’s army to a halt with their marksmanship prowess.

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The Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Training Course

I’ve got a bit of experience between training and competition, though not as much as I’d like. Still, I’ve learned a few things along the way and today we’re talking about some of the key lessons I wish I could go back and make sure I knew back at the beginning.

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Now What? A Back to Basics Approach to an Uncertain Future

2020 has been a rough year, and things may only get worse from here. So what, exactly, can we do about that? First, take a breath. Now let’s talk.

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Mike Green of Green Ops Tactical Talks About Adult Skills

Mike Green is a 15 year veteran of Special Operations who began a training company in Northern Virginia as a bit of a side gig. His school has since grown into quite the training operation spanning multiple states and categories of students. One of the things that stood out to me about Green Ops is their motto, “Why Should Your Training Be Less Special?”

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The Marksman’s Trinity: Balance for New and Old Gun Owners

The theme of the month is all about balance, so here’s another one to think about. I thought about the elements that should go into decision making regarding everything we do, and I categorized everything into these three: safety, capability, and security.

As gun owners and firearms enthusiasts, we should always be mindful of keeping these things in balance.

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