“A warrior is a hunter. He calculates everything. That’s control. Once his calculations are over, he acts. He lets go. That’s abandon. A warrior is not a leaf at the mercy of the wind. No one can push him; no one can make him do things against himself or against his better judgment. A warrior is tuned to survive, and he survives in the best of all possible fashions.” –Carlos Castaneda, The Wheel of Time
Today’s post is a guest contribution from Phil Drolet.
We live in a world full of opportunities, blessings, and luxuries. The modern lifestyle, for all of its ease and convenience, has a fundamental downfall however: it’s softening us. It’s anesthetizing an essential part of our being, the inner Warrior. I believe that to live an extraordinary life, we need to awaken that part of us.
Developing the Philosopher in us by reading, learning, reflecting, discussing, and sensophizing is great, but it’s only half the recipe to a great life. The other half is achieved through decisive action, constant challenges, impeccability in all our endeavours, and an attitude of continual improvement. It’s achieved by the Warrior in us.
Here are 5 ways you can start living like a Warrior today:
Note: I’ve used the masculine for convenience but I fully believe that women have an inner warrior too.
1. Cultivate a Warrior’s Mindset
A warrior sees life’s obstacles as opportunities. He doesn’t shy away from challenges- rather he seeks them, knowing that they represent the greatest experiences of life.
The warrior has a calculated mind, and evaluates each situation carefully. But once he’s made his decision, he acts without hesitation or doubt. He goes for it.
He learns from everything he does, and embraces the Japanese principle of Kaizen: constant, never-ending improvement. What the warrior can be, he must be.
2. Honor Your Body
A warrior knows that health & vitality are crucial to his quests, so he takes excellent care of his body.
He knows foods are the raw material that build the body, so he eats real foods: fruits & vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, superfoods, and a limited amounts of meat and dairy.
He lives an active lifestyle, spends plenty of time outside, and consciously does all the little things that will make his body good, because his mind can’t reach its full potential unless it resides inside a great body.
3. Seek Physical Challenges
A warrior also knows he needs to push himself physically, to go beyond what feels comfortable, so that he can really discover himself and explore the depth of his soul.
Whether through the occasional gruelling workout, cold shower, intermittent fast, challenging hike or big wave surf, the Warrior knows the value of hard physical efforts, and appreciate the glory of post-effort endorphins.
Physical challenges make him stronger both physically and mentally, helping him achieve greater mastery over himself.
4. Embrace Fear
To the modern-day Warrior, fear is an amazing source of energy. A sign that something amazing is about to happen.
As Mixed Martial Arts Champion Georges St-Pierre says: “It’s OK to get butterfly in your stomach; the key is to learn how to make them fly in formation.”
Whenever the Warrior feels fear, he steps forward, aware that his greatest accomplishments are always right on the other side of fear. He constantly trains his fear muscle, so that he can always take on greater challenges.
5. Act Like A Warrior
Finally, when his time comes, the Warrior rises to the occasion.
He acts with intensity, focus, determination. He gives full effort and practices impeccability, because if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing impeccably.
The Warrior invests himself fully in his quest, immerses himself in it, always striving for excellence.
But when his heart tells him it’s time, he doesn’t hesitate to steer course. He embarks on a new path, pursues it with all his might, knowing that with intent and persistence, he is bound to be successful.
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