[November 14, 2019] Since the beginning of human existence, people have been trying to figure out what makes us mentally tough and prepared to meet the toughest challenges. The world sends us the unexpected and she will test our good judgment, wisdom and readiness. A warrior mindset is essential to maximize performance and ensure victory, especially when the going gets tough.
“When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews and bones to hard work, expose his body to hunger, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the paths of his deeds, so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent.” – Meng-tzu, Chinese Philosopher from the 3rd Century BC
At the core of any warrior mindset is the absolute willingness to accept the most difficult responsibilities, to take a righteous challenge, to see that the world can be a better place only when the warrior acts properly.1 The warrior mindset means that one must be willing to hold the troubles of the world upon one’s shoulders.
Many have tried to explain the warrior mindset and why we need it even more than ever today. Below are a few ideas that have shaped some of the strongest warriors and their psychological makeup:
- When you get bad news, be ready to step in and help.
- Get a grip on yourself, especially when things are going to hell.
- Seize control the situation.
- Recognize that victimhood is for pantywaist, sissy men.
- Anticipate trouble and make preparations to meet it head-on.
- Don’t look back, keep your eyes open, look forward and face your fears.
- Honor those that have come before you.
- Know that you must face all challenges, sacrifice all, and devote yourself to good.
- Understand that one day you will be called upon for a noble sacrifice and to defeat evil.
- Because you will die; die with your boots on, with courage, and with a smile on your face.
- Have no regrets.
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer
There are some wonderful and compelling quotes about the warrior mindset that I enjoyed (see below).2 Readers of my daily column will quickly recognize the sources of the quotes; I write of them regularly.
NOTE: This article was inspired by reader Alex from Ammo.com.
- Warrior Mindset Quotes: Quotes about Mental Toughness and Overcoming Life’s Challenges – https://ammo.com/articles/warrior-mindset-quotes