When you think of ‘warrior’ what thoughts are elicited?
The first thought that springs to my mind is that a warrior is someone who’s relentless in his pursuit of a desired outcome.
That outcome can consist of anything from consistently embodying specific character traits such as kindness and courage to an athlete who performs with his whole heart.
The one common factor that all definitions of a warrior will have is–relentless persistence.
Here’s a quote that embodies the spirit of a warrior:
The most essential factor is persistence — the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come. ~James Whitcomb Riley [Bold emphasis mine]
A Warrior Has Relentless Determination
Reasons to be discouraged will always come yet it’s the warrior who persists in spite of not only outside circumstances, but internal ones as well. That is, he won’t even listen to his inner voices when they’re negative and will march forward to the beat of his own drum independent of negative voices that want to overshadow his true will.
The following is my idea of what a true warrior is:
A warrior always lets go of the past because she knows that energy channeled to the past is energy that could instead be channeled into the present to improve her life.
A warrior focuses on being the architect of her identity by making calculated decisions in life instead of allowing circumstances dictate her behavior. She has such a clear understanding of the identity she demands for herself, that any deviation from it causes her ultimate pain.
“Your actions speak your truth.” ~Taro Gold
A warrior constantly strives to have mastery over his thoughts. He realizes that he alone must run his mind instead of his mind running him.
A warrior strives to consistently remind himself of the blessings in his life. Such as having 10 fingers and 10 toes and lungs that work without the assistance of a machine. And if he’s not blessed with the aforementioned, he then focuses on what he is blessed with and is filled with gratitude because of it.
A warrior focuses on his goals and aspirations because he knows that what he focuses on will either inspire him or discourage him to fulfill his goal. If you want something bad enough, you don’t allow yourself to think thoughts that discourage you from attaining it.
Focusing on what you don’t want in life is like tearing down a motivational poster in your room and replacing it with a poster displaying a discouraging message.
A warrior reads daily because he realizes that the mind conveniently forgets wisdom. And that internalizing even just one new distinction can change his destiny forever.
A warrior understands that aggression is often weakness disguised as strength. A warrior only fights when it’s the intelligent thing to do. Like when someone is in danger, or he himself is in danger. Never for honor, for fighting for honor isn’t honorable. It’s merely ignorance of what true honor is.
We should all strive to be warriors in our lives because nothing truly worthwhile was ever achieved through anything but relentless persistence.
What’s a warrior to you?
Bamboo Forest is a professional email life coach and also the founder of Tick Tock Timer
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