Animal Analogies

I was contemplating Mark Hatmaker’s analogies about the creatures we can identify with when it is time to kick off in a life-threatening encounter.  He gives two examples to live by: the Tasmanian Devil, and a crazy cat.  Of course, we are talking about the cartoon version of the Tasmanian Devil—the critter that whirls around and mows down everything in his path.  I can certainly understand the cat analogy better, since I have had cats as pets.  Once they get angry and very pointy (teeth and claws), they are extremely hard to control, no matter how much I outweigh them.  Mark talks about his tiny, eight-pound cat that struck fear into the hearts of accomplished martial artists—mostly because of the cat’s unpredictability and ferociousness.  He recommends we choose one of these analogies, or something similar, to identify with when we imagine ourselves in the event of fighting for our lives.  What an awesome idea!  The more fast and furious we are at the onset of a physical confrontation, the more the scales are tipped in our favor.  Once you break into someone’s OODA loop and gain the upper hand, the more you force the other party to react and the harder it is for them to catch up.  Imagine an attacker’s surprise, when he has targeted you as his next victim, expecting you to submit, and you launch into him like a tornado with pre-emptive strikes.  Even if he gets the first power move and uses force, perhaps he still imagines that will scare you enough to submit.  No!  Imagine yourself taking that first strike and transforming into a whirlwind of teeth (yes, Mark recommends biting despite most people’s distaste for it), claws, and your other eight personal weapons: (fists, elbows, knees and legs).  Well, nine personal weapons if you also fancy headbutts.  Simply put, this behavior represents what we like to refer to as ferocious resolve, and we have talked about this before in discussions about Marcus Wynne.  I recall him saying that all the skills in the world are nothing without the right mindset to use them.

So, which animal are you going to be like?  Get your mind right about it NOW—remember that the imagination is a powerful training tool!


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