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

The Marksman’s Path: Everyday Marksman Radio Ep 3

Today I want to talk a little about something I call The Marksman’s Path. No, I’m not referring to myself. One of the stated goals of this website is to build a better kind of citizen.

I wanted to take a moment to discuss what that looks like. So settle in, press play, and let’s get to it.

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The Biggest Mistake We Make with Buying Gear

The hard truth is that most of us in the shooting world have a poor mindset when it comes to how we buy gear. We prioritize the weapon’s capability over our own and then sacrifice our time and training as a result. We need to stop that.

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You Can’t Reach Mastery Without Conflict

Today we’re talking about mindset. Too many people have a bias towards the status quo, and it’s actively holding them back from reaching their goals. It’s not entirely their fault, though, because there’s a lot of systems trying to maintain that status quo.

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Now Hear This: Jack Donovan on the Joy of Strength

This is a podcast episode from Jack Donovan’s Start the World. It’s a short listen at 10 minutes, but it’s totally worth it for the gut check on your fitness habits.

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Stacking Tolerances: How Little Gaps Lead to Big Performance Problems

We’re getting philosophical for a bit. I’m filing this under the “Mindset” category because it has broad implications across many areas of life beyond just shooting, competition, or defense. In fact, I think this is one of the biggest cultural issues I see among gun owners in general.

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On Profile, Perception, and Deterrence

Perception matters. This article is a discussion about navigating a continuum between “day to day” and “war is imminent” when it comes to the appearance of preparedness.

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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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