Spartan King Leonidas
Too many chiefs and not enough Indians
This article is for leaders of men. This article can also arm you with an understanding of who is worthy of being a leader. Not every man can or will be a great leader but every man can apply the lessons of leadership to one or more aspects of his life.
Chaos and the unknown
What is the unknown?
Stepping into the unknown is stepping into fear.
It’s stepping into tension and chaos.
The US Army coined a term called VUCA:
V = Volatility. The nature and dynamics of change, and the nature and speed of change forces and change catalysts.
U = Uncertainty. The lack of predictability, the prospects for surprise, and the sense of awareness and understanding of issues and events.
C = Complexity. The multiplex of forces, the confounding of issues, no cause-and-effect chain and confusion that surrounds organization.
A = Ambiguity. The haziness of reality, the potential for misreads, and the mixed meanings of conditions; cause-and-effect confusion.
In all areas of life, there are moments and situations with VUCA type characteristics. Elite warriors such as the Navy SEALs or other special forces units train hard for these VUCA type scenarios which are partly why they deserve such a BADASS reputation.
The warrior’s price
There are many rewards for the man who makes the unknown his friend: Inner strength, pride, courage, inner-peace, respect, admiration, honor, and glory.
However, you must also be cognizant of the price.
Depending on the situation, the price can be as small as ridicule, shame, short-term pain, mistakes, etc. The price can also be big: You can be maimed, killed, lose people you love, get rejected socially, etc.
Most people are weak
Former Navy SEAL David Goggins said that “these days it’s easy to be strong because most people are so weak.” Just taking a little bit of risk and stepping into a little fear might be enough to gain status and honor.
However, I am NOT just for gaining external validation. I am for pushing your limits and comparing yourself to your mentors instead of the average joe. Therefore I believe in constantly moving towards the next level, it’s never enough. Enlightenment isn’t enough. There is always another level.
Developing a great vision
“Two things were required of them by Yahweh: first, that they walk in his ways, the Hebrew equivalent of being in the Tao; and second, that they “be fruitful and multiply,” that they have many wives and many children.” – King, warrior, magician, lover.
Leaders inspire action through speech
Put simply, source yourself in consciousness and become acquainted with the divine through meditation and/or other practices. Start to get a feel for the future that you want to create (whether that’s a family, career path, business, etc). Learn how to inspire others to join you on the path (hint: Be 100% certain and full of enthusiasm). Lastly, step into the unknown and take the risk associated with the accomplishment of your vision. Pay the price. Did you fall? Good. Learn from your mistakes. Repeat. Manifestation isn’t spontaneous.
Kiss your fears and make the edge your home. Be patient. Relax.