By Jose R. Villanueva
As originally published on the Listen & Be Heard Weekly1, January 25, 2006.
There are many people that go through life unsure of what they are doing. A cursory examination of present time life will show that unsuccessful people are unsuccessful because they are not sure of themselves. Successful individuals are successful because they have a tremendous amount of certainty in themselves and what they are doing. Martial Arts practitioners depend on their certainty to obtain accomplishments and results. What is certainty? How does one establish certainty?
Certainty is defined as the exact knowingness, supreme confidence, and an ability to apply what one knows without any self-
Certainty is the very thing that makes winners. So how does one establish certainty? There are component parts: 1) the mind, 2) negating any negativity, and 3) establishing knowingness. A Martial Arts practitioner develops these three components to create certainty.
One's mind plays a vital role in developing certainty. There shouldn't be any additives other than a decision and action. When a person is mentally certain, there's very little communication lag (time) between thought and action. Once something is decided, action follows very quickly thereafter. One must be able to make decisions swiftly. For example, someone asks another what his or her name is, so the person being asked the question responds in less than a second. This is an example of knowingness. The person knows his name so thoroughly that he will respond without much communication lag. Translate that into any activity or piece of knowledge.
Negative thoughts can infiltrate one's mind, so one must remain mentally strong. One cannot get into invalidating oneself, and one cannot allow one to get into self-
Establishing knowingness is a simplicity. It is just a matter of thoroughly understanding conceptually any piece of knowledge. Any piece of knowledge should be so thoroughly known that it becomes a certainty. Every part of a subject being studied or any part of a doingness should be known 100%. When a Martial Arts practitioner is learning the techniques and exercises, he's learning to obtain certainty. So when a self-
If a person can handle the mind, negates negative thoughts and ideas, and can establish knowingness, then he can have certainty. Certainty is only for those who want to be successful and have the mental strength to do what it takes to obtain it. There is a definite road that can be taken, and any individual no matter what the activity he is engaged in can have it.