Training Skills – the mind

“We move towards our currently dominant thoughts”

Training the mind, or mental training, is a principle as old as time itself (kind-of).  The bible, one of the oldest records we have, puts it this way, “As a man thinketh, so is he.”

Advertising giants have long understood the power of the thoughts we think.  The only catch is, if we encourage others to think certain thoughts, it creates a certain reality related to those thoughts; maybe good, maybe not so good.  So it is in our best interest to create good positive thoughts and ideas.  “What goes around comes around.”  

The mind is like our muscles, it actual gets bigger!  Of course, we have long understood the idea that we can increase knowledge and mental functions, but only recently has research shown that our brains actually grows bigger in size.  Mental training is a fact we can put to good use.  Practice thinking the way we want things to turn out.  Mental or mind training for events really works in many ways we understand, and may influence a broader scope.

Here are a couple of articles I wrote a few years ago.  One was for Emergency – the journal of emergency medicine, and the other for Summit Magazine – one of the oldest mountaineering magazines.  Both are principle based, so they still apply today.

Training we conducted at Brigham Young University.  Techniques, ways, and means change (these are techniques we used then, and they worked fine.) Now we use slightly different ones. Photos by Doug Coates

Green Adjective I, 5.10a a classic This picture comes with a story to be told else places.  I was a little over confident this day, and took a long fall.  Fortunately, my anchors were well placed and my belayer brought his “A” game.   Summit Magazine Page 17