Throughout human history, feats of courage echoed with the savagery of battle. Almost ever society had within its culture, their warriors. From the Greek Spartans and the Persian Immortals up through the centuries to the modern-day elite military units. Some of those warrior societies that stand out in time: the Samurai, the Vikings, the Maya, the Zulu, the Crusaders, the Native Americans, the Romans, the Knights….and the list could continue indefinitely. All had codes that encompassed the virtues of strength, courage, honesty, respect, loyalty, humility and honor. Virtues that we can utilize in our own battles.
Then, there is another type of warrior that receives less distinction. They are called “spiritual warriors”. These warriors can be described simply as someone who’s journey is for self-discovery and who combats the universal enemy: self-ignorance, the ultimate source of all suffering. Another way to put this is that a spiritual warrior is someone who will fight every battle until they become enlightened, irregardless of whatever obstacles they encounter. Though many people loves this concept and the results are one of ridding one’s self of ignorance and acquiring a self focused knowledge of who you really are, most people haven’t got the guts to tackle this fight.
And finally, there is a life warrior. One of the qualities that warriors have is that they perseverance through challenges and hardships. Their goal is to win in war (life) knowing there are many battles (challenges). They do not make excuses for failure. In the face of defeat they simply state the facts as “I did my best and I lost”., taking responsibility for their own actions and decisions and continuing the good fight Replace the word “war” with the word “life”, the concept of living life as a warrior means you will do your best, accept defeat but not become defeated and persevere to reach your goals. The warrior spirit enables you to get past even the most tragic and desperate events, become stronger and being prepared for your next battle.
“Be aware of yourself and know yourself. No matter how much you have learned and how much you know, if you don’t know yourself you don’t know anything. Indeed, if you don’t know yourself you cannot know anything else. People who don’t know themselves criticize others from the point of view of their own ignorance. They consider what agrees with them to be good, and hate whatever doesn’t go their way. They become irritated about everything, causing themselves to suffer by themselves, bothering themselves solely because of their own prejudices. If you know that not everyone will be agreeable to you, know that you won’t be agreeable to everyone either. Those who have no prejudices in themselves do not reject people, and therefore people do not reject them.” Shosan
So, where does all this lead? It leads to your starting point. It is the first step in your transformation from what you are to what you want to be. By thinking as a warrior, you focus on those aspects and goals which will lead you to where you want to be. Whether in business, relationships or life in general, think as a warrior, feel as a warrior and believe as a warrior and you will find within yourself everything thing you need to succeed.