How to develop your own warrior code: Becoming a modern day warrior

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Everything is hard.

If you like things easy, or you think that there is a clever way to get things fast…you are only hurting yourself.

Sure, there might be more efficient ways or tricks, but there is no fast track. Everything takes work, focus, commitment and discipline.

I believe in Discipline
I believe in Commitment
I believe in hard Work

I don’t believe in shortcuts
I don’t believe in laziness
I don’t believe in quitting

I love waking up at 4 am, doing some light stretching, drinking a glass of water, getting rid of waste. I love that no one is awake, that I get to read a scripture verse or quote. I love going to the gym and pushing my body to lift heavy things, move explosively, fill my lungs with air as I run.

I love the process, the flow, the structure. I love the Discipline.

Most people want peaceful happy lives, and they try and keep everything in harmony

Si vis pacem, para bellum” – If you want peace, prepare for war.

 

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Most people think that they need to join the military in order to be a warrior or hero. That is false. There are a lot of knuckleheads in the military. There are a lot of blowhards in the civilian sector also.

Every warrior group throughout history has been great not because of just who they were, but because of the men around them, and the code or ethos that they live by.

The samurai had bushido, the Spartans had the Agoge and the rules of Lycurgus, the Navy SEAL’s have their ethos.

These are only a few of the warrior groups, but there were so many.

There are only 3 requirements to being a warrior.

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Take a stand, and know what you stand for:

  • Know your rock bottom belief system. Where do you turn in your darkest hour?
  • If you need help, download this FREE Assessment
  • Once you have determined what you stand for. Then Stand.

 

Develop a routine or way of life:

  • Warriors live their code day in and day out. It is a part of them as much as oxygen is needed to breathe.
  • This starts in the morning, the second your feet hit the floor. It becomes a “kata”, a dance, a process that is performed to perfection. This process is not done in haste. It is slow, methodical, and strategic.
  • There is freedom in discipline – Check out Jocko Willink’s book : Discipline Equals freedom: Field Manual
  • Push your mind and your body daily – (You need to exercise)

 

Take action. live it. breathe it:

  • No one will hold you accountable to your code more than you. You will have to be your own mentor.
  • Practice, Improve, Practice Improve. Repeat.
  • Stick with it. Remember, it's hard. No one is going to understand. No one will have the commitment that you have. People will think you are crazy. Just remember that you wont get what you want, if you don't do things that most won't.

 

One of the most interesting books that I ever read was called The book of five rings. It was written by a man named Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi was a warrior in every essence of the word. He was a master swordsman who never lost a fight.

It is a rare thing to read something from a man who faced down numerous opponents and lived to write about it. He was a samurai, or better yet, a ronin.

From his life, you can tell that he was dedicated to his craft, his commitment was unwavering and his skill was second to none. He was a true warrior.

He was able to document his code which you can read below.

I have entered my own part into it. (Highlighted in red)

 

Dokkodo (The Way to be Followed Alone)

  • Do not stubbornly rebel against the ways of the world.
  • Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
  • Do not rely upon any half-hearted feelings.
  • Think lightly of yourself and think deeply of the world.
  • Remain detached from desire.
  • Do not regret what you have done.
  • Never be jealous of others.
  • Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
  • Abandon resentment and complaint.
  • Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of love.
  • Disregard your personal preferences.
  • Accept your dwelling and living conditions.
  • Do not pursue the taste of good food.
  • Do not hoard ancient treasures intended for future generations.
  • Do not mindlessly follow the ways of the world.
  • Do not become obsessed with weapons or fighting.
  • Do not run from death.
  • Do not accumulate goods and riches for your old age.
  • Respect the gods, without relying on their help. (Respect and Honor my God, always rely on him)
  • You can abandon your own body, but never let go of your honor.
  • Never depart from the way of strategy.

If you are serious about creating your own warrior code or ethos, then it is almost a requirement to do a little more research yourself. You have to study more about what other warriors did and then formulate your own inner convictions.

I have made a list of all the books that will be helpful to you.

 

Ethos or Codes:

Navy Seals

Army Rangers Creed

 

 

Favorite Warrior Books:

The way of the warrior Kid

Code of the Samurai

Way of the SEAL

The Book of 5 Rings

Discipline equals Freedom: Field Manual

Unbeatable Mind

Enders Game

The Warrior Ethos

Gates of Fire

Living the Martial Way

The Prince

8 weeks to Sealfit

 

 -Stephen

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