To be a warrior, you must think like a warrior. A warrior mindset is using creative problem solving and thinking outside the box to solve problems. The term is often associated with the mindset of those who place themselves in harm’s way by choice such as firefighters, police officers, marines, etc.
Developing a warrior mindset
Warriors face danger with aggressiveness and determination and fight it, instead of avoiding it or running from it. Warriors overcome challenges and adversity using ingenuity, creativity, and extreme discipline. They use a set of psychological and physical skills that allows them to be effective, adaptive, and persistent. They use optimal decision-making, psychological techniques, and physical and tactical skills learned in training and by experience.
“Given enough time, any man may master the physical. With enough knowledge, any man may become wise. It is the true warrior who can master both….and surpass the result.” – Tien T’ai
To develop a true warrior mindset, you must develop a mental training program. You must be open to learning and eliminate mental roadblocks. Thinking and talking tough is not enough; you must also be tough. Along with psychological training, you must sharper your skills through physical and tactical training.
You read and study the lives of real warriors and their philosophies on life. From this, you develop in your mind what you think a true warrior is, then you began the training required to build yourself in this image.
Some characteristics of warriors
- Goal-oriented. Warriors don’t wander through life lost and without purpose. They have a mission they must complete. They set goals to and work toward the completion of that mission.
- Disciplined. Warriors are well-disciplined; they follow lawful orders. They take pride in their self-control. They understand their limits and take calculated risks instead of unnecessary risks.
- Adaptable. Warriors are guerrilla fighters. They look past convention and uses cleverness to find creative ways to win.
- Awareness. Warriors are always alert and ever vigilant, always watching, observing, studying, and planning. They have sensitive situational awareness; they sense and process everything happening around them.
- Efficient. Warriors do not waste time or effort. Everything is done with a purpose. They are flexible and able to respond to change by shifting strategies and tactics as needed. They carry only what is needed so they can stay quick and nimble and able to respond to any threat effectively
- Decisive. When things get tough, the tough get going. Warriors evaluate the situation, use their knowledge and training to decide on the best way to deal with the situation, and then they act. They don’t delay action because they are afraid of making the wrong decision. Their decisions are not always the right ones, but they are never the wrong ones.
- Competent. Warriors are highly trained and thus have confidence in their abilities to get the job done.
- Loyal. Warriors are loyal to their leaders, but when the need arises, they are ready to assume leadership. They are loyal to their fellow warriors and subordinates; it’s always one for all and all for one.