How My Shaolin Kung Fu Training Helped Me Conquer Self-Doubt

Lessons from training under a 35th generation Shaolin disciple

Andrew Cheng
Jan 27 · 6 min read
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Me interviewing Master Dao during the 2018 Toronto Chinatown Festival. Photo credit: Dao Shi, Shaolin Team Canada

Self-Doubt is a Mental Construct

Accept the objective facts but don’t ascribe meaning to them.

Minimize Thinking, Maximize Action

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Me performing the Yin Shou Gun staff routine at the 2017 Toronto Chinatown Festival. Photo credit Dao Shi, STQI Toronto

“When your instructor tells you to jump, don’t ask ‘how high,’ just jump.”

Plan what you need to get started. Then focus on small concrete steps.

Push Yourself, But Understand the Process Takes Time

Evaluate yourself every three months.

Putting It All Together

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Photo by Sage Friedman on Unsplash

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