Competition. Get a point. Make the other guy fall. Punch him in the face. Block his punch. Sweep the knee! Whuh? If a fight is the end all, be all, have at it. Keep your focus right where it is. Good luck getting real world results with that mindset outside the ring, mat, gym, club, office, school, dinner table, or wherever you may be duking it out. In above situation, the obstacle is the focus. We’re fighting the competitor. We’re locked into dealing with the problem. Wrestling it. But then what? What happens when we do that? Usually, if this is our mindset, we just move on to the next problem and rinse, repeat. I propose we do something else. With Aikido, I’ve learned that we need to realize said obstacle is essentially unimportant and to focus on the positive outcome, whatever that may be. If you can do like O’Sensei, and do it while someone’s shooting at you or coming at you with a live blade, please, email me, and you’re guaranteed a guest post. Something to work for, though.