Warrior (noun) a brave or experienced soldier or fighter.
A Nurse continues chest compression in the ER.
A Soldier strides the battlefield.
A Firefighter dives into a burning building.
A Paramedic attempts to stop his patient from bleeding out.
A Police Officer, arrests a dangerous drug trafficker.
What is the common dominator for each of the above statements? The answer is surprisingly simple. Each person is a warrior in their own right. The ability to fight, the will to do so, the grit to continue. These are the traits that forge a warrior mindset. An unbeatable will to continue to fight, to go on, when others falter.
For those of you outside of the Lawful Occupations, the Military, or the First Responder community, you may never be faced with a true life or death situation. In fact, it is my humble hope that you never will. That being said, you do not have to wear a uniform to be a warrior. In your pursuit to live the warrior lifestyle, you will soon find that while a uniform may be synonymous with warrior in our culture it does not define the person who wears it.
I’m going to present to you a simple set of “rules.” Personify these rules, and you will be well on your way to living a warrior life style.
- My self-esteem is an immovable object. As far as you are concerned, you are a self-actualized individual. Do not care what others think. Seek to go to bed each night slightly better than the night before.
- Have Grit. Where other’s falter, you will dig deep, and find the inner strength to continue.
- Replace your negative emotions with positive ones. Never let hate motivate you. Hate, spite, and other negative emotions can fuel you in your darkest moments, but do not be lured into the mindset that a warrior is solely fueled by hate.
- Build a strong body. One of my favorite quotes is “strong people are harder to kill.” Push yourself, find strengths you never knew you had, and seek to minimize weakness.
- Be brave. A warrior never fails to act, but he or she does not act with haste. Evaluate situations, and do not be afraid to act quickly when necessary.
- Be prepared. Know that you are equipped to handle any situation that may befall you. If you have doubts, seek the knowledge or skills you need until those doubts are eliminated.
While I truly wish this was all there was to it, I have only scratched the surface. Instead I will leave you with a quote from my Military College professor “a warrior is also a scholar. You must relentlessly pursue the knowledge necessary to succeed, on the battlefield and in life.”