I failed at living up to a standard that I had set for myself. I am supposed to be providing a great example for you guys to follow all over the world, but maybe I came up short today...
In my musings on what I could have done better, I decided to pick up my copy of the Book of the Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. Like Sun Tzu, Musashi was a master of explaining the warrior spirit which I subscribe to being a prospective police officer. I came across a quote by Musashi in my introspective reading that struck me in my current situation:
What is my point?
In essence what Musashi is saying is that the Inner Will to succeed over the long term must outweigh the short term tribulations. As a young man, Musashi realized that his will to win had to outweigh previous failings if he were to be the best swordsman he could be. Musashi, at least in the opinion of somewhat of a modern warrior like myself, understood a very basic principle: Musashi became master of his sword (inanimate object) so a rival swordsman (an animate object) couldn't beat him.
I believe in the same thing in my own training. Being the best you can possibly be in all aspects of your life is a very difficult endeavor though...how do we develop one skill while not neglecting another? Difficult, I will admit. Am I yet a master of this? Obviously not, but I do the best that I can.
At this point, I realize I sound like this is a lot of self-loathing perhaps, and that many of my posts have the same air, but I write what is on my mind at the time. I mostly write when I am exhausted too, which probably doesn't help out too much either...Maybe it is when I do my best thinking.
Anyway, let's start the list of ways in which you can channel your Inner Warrior:
Be Better than Yesterday's Self
If you were to take this quote and hang it up on your wall, let's say. Just rip it right out of Musashi's book and stick it on your wall with a thumb tack that your right big toe will eventually find in the bad kind of way, or stick it to your fridge with one of your daughter's Perry the Platypus magnets. For countless days it would be there for you to stare at, and you know something? It will always say exactly the same thing!
To truly channel your own Inner Warrior, you have to live to have a victory over the person you were yesterday. How could you be better tomorrow than how you did today? How can you squeeze more out of the time you have? What can you do today to become the best version of yourself?
Far too many people punish themselves or think less of themselves due to comparing themselves against some version of themselves that they have conjured up, but don't worry, I am the same way. I realize, however, that my body will never be one to be an ultra-marathoner or an Olympic swimmer. In fact, in the water, I perhaps resemble a boat anchor or a large barge. Live to impress yourself and others will take notice.
The Importance of Importance
The above quote is by Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur who literally went rags to riches. Rohn saw business and entrepreneurial success as being his highest goal for his life.
Like Rohn, we must make our goal of the utmost importance, get there or die kind of mentality. You need to think that you cannot possibly fail at achieving something, because, if it is that important to you, you will find a way to do it.
I heard there is a guy that wants to base jump off of the summit of Mt. Everest after climbing up it taking the most dangerous pass. The guy or girl has apparently well over a few hundred climbs and base jumps in his/her life, and has all the necessary equipment. I applaud them for wanting to be the first (note: not gonna speak on whether I think the idea is intelligent or not) and more power to them for that brave undertaking.
I have always loved the military and may God bless anyone who has served or is currently serving in our great nation's armed forces. The military has a way of going about things that is perfectly applicable to what the next step of the process will be after you find out what is truly important in your life. Like Dan John's quotation about plan the hunt, hunt the hunt, evaluate the hunt, the military plans an assault, conducts the assault, and then debriefs the assault.
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