Leaders in both life and business are in the arena of life.
They’re doing daily battle with their own demons, their own limitations,
and they’re fighting to stand strong and unique in a world
of “good enough” and “just enough to get by.”
Business is for Warriors and Gladiators.
Life is often tough.
Business can be even tougher.
The true leader must develop the mental toughness and emotional strength to get up day after day and jump smack dab into the arena of life.
The true leader must develop the mental toughness
and emotional strength to get up day after
day and step back into the arena.
If you think doing war with your own internal Resistance is not a battle, then please think again.
Psychology tells us that we all have a “negativity bias.” While this bias may have served us at one point in history, that point no longer exists.
Our ancestors were constantly on the lookout for predators. They needed to look for every single possible danger at any moment. A single slip up could cost life or limb.
This is not true for most any longer. While there are some threatening environments, most of us don’t operate within them every day.
For this reason, we must literally re-wire our brains and reprogram our minds to search for opportunity versus danger.
This is a battle as the imagination left unchecked rages wild. The lizard brain must be overcome and defeated.
In ancient Greece and Rome Phobos was the god of the battlefield. The God of Fear. Phobos must be slain.
Your imagination can be your greatest asset
for creating new opportunity. Yet, left unchecked
it can rage wild and be your greatest nemesis as well.
The Warrior Leader we speak of here is not a barbarian. Far from it. He is a brilliant example of commitment to a higher purpose and power than his own small egoist needs.
The greatest qualities for the leader
of the future is the quality of
self-awareness and self-command.
The true Warrior knows who he is and what he’s fighting for. He has a purpose of the highest magnitude; and enough self-command to say he’s going to do something and then follow through on it.
The definition of willpower is the ability
to give yourself a command and then follow it.
Even when you don’t feel like it. Even when uncomfortable.
Even when it’s hard.
Self-command is the by-product of Self-awareness and autonomy.
The Leader sets his own goals, and defines his own purpose and path. If others understand him, that’s good. If they don’t, that’s okay and he fully accepts that.
He won’t be swayed by the masses. For he clearly knows why he’s here, the battle he must fight, and what he’s called to do.
Nothing will keep him from his defined outcome.
Without purpose we would not exist.
It is purpose that created us, purpose that connects us,
purpose that pulls us, that guides us, that drives us;
It is purpose that defines, purpose that binds us.
~ Matrix Reloaded
Because of clarity of purpose, the Warrior Leader fights. For he knows exactly what he’s fighting for.
In a world gone mad with money and materialism, we’ve lost our big ideas.
While Kennedy inspired to go to the moon, King inspired equality, Reagan inspired walls to come down; we now only speak of building walls and jobs and money and economy.
It’s time to bring purpose back and unleash the true Warrior Leader within each of us.
For true leadership must begin with leadership, and great stewardship, of your own life.
When you’re faithful with a little you’ll be blessed with a lot.
This is the Warrior Spirit that the Leader of the future must have.
Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what this world needs is people who have come alive.
~ Howard Thurman
Stay Awake, Love Life, and Be Epic!