Defeating the Enemy at the Lowest Level – The Law of Positive Self Talk
• The warrior sees a fight in his future. Someone is going to abuse him, attack his integrity or even take a swing at him. Instead of waiting till this happens, the warrior takes the initiative. Preemption is an extremely efficient strategy for dealing with conflict (Wuwei). In the beginning the attacker is not consumed by emotion and is not fixated on a particular outcome. At this point the resolution is easier. Small touches can nudge a situation back into alignment. The civilian ignores these signs and delays a response until it intensifies. This will eventually cause a tremendous amount of time and energy expenditure to resolve the situation. Following this logic of preemptive action, the warrior understands that there is no limit to how early he can act. He learns that benevolence; respect and positive thinking are the true essence of the martial arts.
• Your self-image is based upon your past thoughts, beliefs and experiences. The subconscious mind gravitates towards personal expectations. By changing your thoughts you can change your expectations and thus your future. Positive affirmations (I like myself) directly improve self-esteem. The positive statement must use “I,” must be positive and must be in the present tense and vivid.
• Law of Vision
• The warrior’s vision is a wide screen view. He sees the totality of the environment in which the conflict takes place. His peripheral and long-range vision is outstanding. The warrior’s ability to see all the systems and the effects of his actions on each one of them allows him to see the big picture. Warriors have long known that the best way to observe the actions of the hands and feet is by watching the center and seeing with the peripheral vision. This same tactic is used when observing, and seeing physical, mental and spiritual capabilities.
• Vision is also the ability to predict the future before it happens. All great things are created at least twice, once in the mind of the creator and then again in reality. To have a Warrior’s vision one must have Zanshin (universal awareness) and truly see the potential in every situation. Most people don’t see opportunities because they come disguised in work clothes. One needs to put service and added value to others first and then your vision will become a reality. Zig Ziglar says, “You can have everything you want, if you help enough people get what they want.”
• Law of Expectation
• The civilian is unconcerned about language usage. He throws words around as if they were cheap and harmless. The warrior, on the other hand, is a linguistic expert. He appreciates the power of language and uses it as he would a sword, with profound respect. As a prime mover of human knowledge, language shapes nearly every dimension of our lives. Words, whether they are external or internal, direct our attention, our perceptions and consequently our behavior.
• We must eliminate destructive self-criticism from our lives. Negative self-talk, such as “I can’t” should not be a part of our vocabulary. “I Wish” is an expression of guilt and implies “I can’t”. “I’ll try” is a victim phrase that implies failure. Simply say “I will” or “I won’t.” A winner plans to win, prepares to win, and expects to win.