The Warrior Mindset has been a hot topic of conversation for many years. How can a person conquer fear and consequence to rise to the top? Can you develop a warrior mindset if you are not regularly engaged in battle? Is a warrior mindset related only to warfare?
Living Life as a Warrior
The warrior mindset is an honorable devotion to a cause. True warriors fight for what they believe in and yet do so with respect and fairness. They have courage but do not have to wage physical wars, nor do they need to be violent. They simply need to know how to embrace challenges and persist until the battle is won.
The way a person chooses to embrace the warrior mindset is entirely personal. Many people think of historical figures when it comes to this mindset. Machiavelli comes to mind when discussing strategy, Attila the Hun represents violence. Both men were great warriors in their way. However, warriors can be peace-loving people as well, accomplishing the same goals in a different way. The Dalai Lama is a man of great conviction, yet he is not a traditional warrior.
“The person who has had more experience of hardships can stand more firmly in the face of problems than the person who has never experienced suffering. From this angle, then, some suffering can be a good lesson for life.” – The Dalai Lama
Choose Your Experience
You must choose your battle before you can truly develop a warrior mindset. Make it something that can sustain you through the toughest battles.
Tecumseh, the great Shawnee Chief (1768-1813), offers excellent words of advice:
“Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his religion.
Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people but grovel to none.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes, they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”