There are a few things in life you cannot afford to live without. Warrior Spirit is one of them. Never give up on things that are really important. As a San Diego, Encinitas, and Carlsbad therapist I teach that there are times when perseverance may be the only thing that sees you through. It is essential to know how to get in touch with this vital part of yourself. Here is how to find your Warrior Spirit.
Consider this quote on courage. “Courage in not the lack of fear. It is the willingness to persevere in spite of fear.” Perseverance or Warrior Spirit is not just moving ahead through the difficulties of a task. It is moving ahead for a virtuous cause and sacrificing some part of yourself in spite of the obstacles and your fear. Fear of shame, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of loss of health, fear of loss of time, fear of making the wrong decision are all fears you must persevere through.
What is a virtuous cause? It is cause or a goal that has redeeming qualities especially if the end product enhances one’s personal or spiritual growth. Your intent must be for the greater good. Not just for ego satisfaction. Quitting smoking can be a virtuous cause. Learning a new language can be a virtuous cause. Getting a degree can be a virtuous cause. Being a good parent, letting yourself lose a competition, telling the truth even though it will make you look bad, setting a boundary no one else likes, taking a stand when others will not all can be virtuous causes. The key is your intention. When you are clear that you intention is virtuous, then find your Warrior Spirit and persevere with determination.
Why is sacrificing something of the self a part of Warrior Spirit? If it were easy you would not need Warrior Spirit. The most common reason for people quitting is that they are unwilling to experience discomfort and unwilling to give up something. Be willing to be uncomfortable and you will find that you are not as uncomfortable as you might have thought you would be. This is one of the paradoxes of life. Once you accept that which is difficult you find that it is no longer as difficult.
Sacrifice and persevere using wisdom. Persevering for the sake of perseverance is not necessarily virtuous especially if you are stubbornly d
oing something out of your ego desire to have something. Learn to make a distinction between what your ego wants and what is truly virtuous. One can persevere for evil and destructive ends. Go within yourself and ask for guidance. You have within you a great loving wise self. Trust it. Learn to listen to its voice within you. Follow it.
Sometimes life throws at you circumstances that require that you do things you would rather avoid. Sometimes you want something that requires you to go through a number of hurdles before you get to your final goal. Sometimes you are compelled simply by your code of ethics to do something difficult. Whatever the circumstances persevere.
Be patient. Take one step at a time. Don’t try to skip steps just to get there faster or to avoid discomfort. For example, you want to learn how to play an instrument or learn a new software. Don’t rush. Take your time. One step at a time. Be patient. Persevere even though you may not learn as fast as you want. Your patience will pay off in the end.
Above all, don’t let opposition stop you. You may not get to your goal as fast as you want and you may be discouraged or disappointed or you may have to try alternate ways of achieving your goal. That’s life and that’s the nature of achieving things of value. It’s difficult. So what! Don’t allow other people’s doubts and judgments to deter you. You and you alone know what’s right for you. Follow that great loving wise voice within you.
Warrior spirit is your birthright. Persevere with determination. You will achieve your goals. Choose your goals wisely. Listen to the great loving wise one within yourself. Don’t be afraid of sacrifice and difficulty. Walk right through them. You will raise your own self esteem and inspire others with your courage and determination.
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