Are you afraid of failure?
I see many people who are terrified of failure. So terrified, in fact that they are too afraid to try anything.
I often see people reacting to accomplished performances by saying something like, “Oh! I could never do that!”. I find this reaction saddening because it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you truly believe that you could never do something, then I can truly guarantee that you never will. This attitude is the main reason that most people never accomplish what they would have liked to in their lifetimes. I would even go so far as to call this fear of failure, the Ultimate, Crippling Disability (UCD). All other disabilities can be overcome with hard work and perseverance if you have the will to succeed and the belief that it’s possible. Have a look at the Paralympic athletes if you doubt that.
“Violence is not the answer.” is an oft-used expression. It is usually made in response to aggressive or violent intent. Typically, it is also a subtle accusation of moral inferiority and an attempt to school the recipient in good, socially-acceptable modes of behaviour.
So if this is a lesson in morality, please be specific. What type of violence and what question does this type of violence not answer?
Physical intervention in the act of self-defence is a very grey legal area. In many respects, the legal proceedings following a self-defence event in which someone is seriously injured or killed are very subjective processes. The court has to come to a decision on whether the level of force used in the act of self-defence was justifiable or not based on available information. For some background reading, I refer you to the Wikipedia article on Self-Defence in Australia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-defence_(Australia)
As many of us are aware, we are all fallible and every self-defence situation is unpredictable. Anything can happen. Someone who has been training in a combat system for many decades can make a mistake and fall afoul of this kind of unpredictable situation. Seems a shame, doesn’t it? All that training and dedication and one little mistake and it’s all over. We don’t even need to examine the high-octane environment of a self-defence situation because even in a completely safe world without any need for self-defence, every one of us is going to eventually fall and go the way of all flesh. Regardless of how healthy, fit and strong we are. So what’s the point?
Before I launch into this article, I would like to say that although bodybuilding has never been of great interest to me personally, I respect the dedication, scientific methodology and perseverance of bodybuilding athletes. I have invested a great deal of effort into my own chosen discipline and I admire the dedication of others even though I may not share their passion for their preferred path.
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