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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Discipline is remembering what you want.

Whenever you find yourself tempted to be a couch potato instead of training, remind yourself what you really want.

What is it that you want to achieve?
What kind of person do you really want to be?

Ask yourself these questions, and then ask yourself what you need to do to achieve those objectives.

You can look at your goals in the warrior lifestyle like a garden. In essence, you are cultivating all of the qualities that you want in your life by giving them continual attention.

Just like a garden, you have to give your goals daily attention to see them come to fruition. If you start a garden and don’t continue to tend to it, your goal of a good harvest will not be fulfilled. 

You have to discipline yourself to do the garden work, even when you had rather be doing other things, in order to have a beautiful, striving garden.

The parts of your garden that are growing well and weed free will require less work; the parts that have weeds growing and are not thriving, will require more of your time. 

This same principle can be applied to the development of your character traits and martial arts skills.

You have to maintain the areas that you have developed well, and you have to work harder on the areas that seem to be problem areas for you. 

It is not the opinion of the common man that matters, but the opinion of men for whom you admire and respect. 

Many people take this comment the wrong way, as if it means that you should disrespect the common man, but that is not what it means. It doesn't mean that you should disrespect anyone, but rather that you should put more value on the opinions of men whom you admire and respect for their wisdom and character.

This only makes sense when you think about it. Would you prefer to take financial advice from someone who can't even balance his own check book, or someone who is a successful businessman? Are you more concerned with how someone, who knows nothing of honour and integrity, views your actions, or someone who is a man of honour and character views your actions?

Listen to those who know, and ignore those who don't know. Not everyone's opinions carry the same weight. Be wise when it comes to who you truly listen to.