Let’s think of the image of a good warrior in battle. One who manages to stay alive, to achieve the objectives laid out for him, and who protects those around him. What are his characteristics?
Courage. He knows when the battle starts that many will be there to try to kill him or drive him back. That there will be traps and obstacles laid before him with cunning and deception. Despite this, he will prepare for battle as needed.
Planning. He surveys the terrain and lays out a plan, predicting what obstacles and objectives he will face. He knows who he is and what he is capable of, and he knows the enemy. He plans for this as well.
Adaptability. He knows that as the battle progresses, he will have to change his plan. So, as time and space change, he will adapt. He will accept new information and change his tactics only when it benefits his plan.
Calmness. He cannot react or let events overwhelm his mind. Each decision must be made in an instant so his mind must be clear of all distractions. Decisions made with clarity are plans, decisions made on emotion are reactions.
What makes this man different from you or me? Only that the death that is coming for him is evident and obvious. The death which is coming for you and me is not obvious. Neither are the obstacles and obstructions. In our war, we fight bad management, traffic, rent, bigotry, or frenemies. We need the warrior mentality as much in peace as we do in wartime.
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
There is a good reason Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” is in the business section at Barns & Noble.
-Master Kyle Billingsley