“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” — Sun Tzu
Say it with me: Defeat. Is. A. State. Of. MIND!
Excuse my excitement — I’m on a roll today.
But seriously, defeat is a state of mind. If you read yesterday’s blog post you understand the idea behind that and why I’m insisting that it’s a state of mind. To summarize: Humans are smarter than lobsters. Confused? Good 🙂
Sun Tzu knew a thing or two about war… especially considering he thought of war as an art form. I suppose he was right in a way, especially when you hear the way he describes it. Because of this, we know we can trust his wisdom when it comes to combat.
This quote strongly resonates with what I wrote yesterday — defeat is a state of mind. In fact, he’s just short of saying those exact words. As he writes, victorious warriors win first, then go to war. This means that they behave like they’re victorious and get into the proper mindset before even stepping foot on the battlefield. You have the ability to do the same thing every day. Perhaps you put yourself into the right mindset by working out first thing. Maybe you get some work done. Maybe you wake up earlier than everyone else and that alone makes you feel victorious over yourself. Maybe it’s all three. Whatever you do, it’s important to attack the day with a victorious mindset. Don’t do the inverse: attack the day in hopes of a victorious mindset. Although sometimes you get lucky and end up victorious over yourself by the end of the day, it’s much easier to start out that way.
Try to come up with something you do every morning to give yourself a victorious mindset — a ritual, if you will. Like I said before; working out helps, waking up early helps, getting work done first thing helps… there’s a lot of ideas you can come up with if you take the time to ask yourself how you can feel victorious.
The reason for all of this is to give you the confidence needed to achieve your goals. One good way to do this is to look back on your life and think about all the goals you’ve achieved so far. This alone will start to help you feel more successful and capable of achieving the things you put your mind to.
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