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?

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The Martial Art of Marksmanship: It’s Not Bullshido

I don’t think many people bat an eye when they see someone practicing archery, fencing, or traditional forms of martial arts. We should be portraying marksmanship and the shooting sports in the same way.

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Book Review: Total Resistance – A Layman’s Guide to Guerilla Warfare

I collect manuals and books dealing with the Cold War era. Today, I want to take a closer look at one of those books. I find this particular one relevant to the topics of community defense and working with a team to provide security.

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Book Review: The Modern Day Gunslinger

This is a review of Don Mann’s book, The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual.

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Now Hear This: Trauma and Resilience

Every once and while, you see, hear, or read something that you just stop and can’t help but nod along with. That happened to me recently while listening to the Fieldcraft Survival podcast. Mike and Kurt put out a lot of great content, but this one definitely stuck with me.

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Mastery and the Long Plod to Greatness

If we are to truly embark on a journey of mastery in any given area of our lives, then we must dedicate ourselves to the enjoyment of that journey for the sake of taking it. It’s not about the end goal.

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Awareness Mindsets and the Safe Place Fallacy

I want to talk about mindset.

More specifically, I want to tear down this idea of “safe spaces” that blankets our society and stunts our emotional growth.

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Participants in a GoRuck challenge, exhibiting tactical fitness

Do the Harder Thing: A Message from the Latest GoRuck Selection Finisher

Life is about growth and the only way to do that is take on risk and put yourself in uncomfortable situations. There’s always something else …

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Senior Airman Daniel West scales an obstacle during Combat Leadership Course. Oct. 22, 2010, at Camp Bullis, Texas. (U.S Photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

This is Why You Should Practice Tactical Skills

Learning military and tactical skills will improve your life. Adopting a mindset that pursues honor, strength, mastery, and courage has tangible benefits to your career, your relationships, and your own wellbeing. This post outlines why I started all of this.

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