Change Your Mind, Change Your Life – It Takes a Warrior Mindset

Maybe you are like me and there has been a point in your life when you became painfully aware of the need for change.  It might have been when the doctor advised you that if you didn’t lose weight, eat healthier and/or begin an exercise program, your chances of living a long and healthy life would be slim to none.  Or maybe it was when you received a call from the bank that your loan was denied,   you discover your credit score had plummeted or a notice of non-sufficient funds in your bank account comes in the mail.

Suddenly you know – SOMETHING has to change.  The first “something” you must change is your mind.  You may have heard “Change your mind, change your life….”.  Change begins with changing your mind, your mindsets or your habits of thinking.

In his book “The War of Art”,  Steven Pressfield labels the enemy of our success when we are seeking positive change as “Resistance” (with a capital “R”).  Pressfield says, “Most of us have two lives.   The life we live, and the unlived life within us.  Between the two stands Resistance”.

If you have ever made a decision which would, if carried out completely, result in positive changes to your business, your family, your finances, or your physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health, you have encountered this enemy called “Resistance”.  You might also recognize some other aliases for this  enemy…….

Fear.  Procrastination.  Apathy.  Chaos.  Impossibility.  Insignificance.  Broken promises.

In my own life, changing my mind was not easy.  I had to develop a WARRIOR MINDSET to win the war against  “Resistance” and overcome obstacles and challenges in my life and business.  But what is a warrior mindset?

Breaking the two words apart, a warrior is a person who shows “…..great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness and who has been engaged in warfare……”, while mindset is defined as “……a habitual mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations….”.

Therefore, a warrior mindset can be defined as habitually thinking courageously and being fully engaged on a mission with purpose and focus, even in the face of adversity (or warfare).

I believe Pressfield was right, and I think it is something we all know deep in our heart of hearts.  There is an enemy that stands between the life we are living and the successful, unlived life within us – our true destiny.  Stay tuned over the next few weeks on how you can develop a warrior mindset.  I will be sharing some of the “artillery” you can utilize when fighting for success in your life and business.

What about you?  Have you ever encountered the enemy Pressfield labels as “Resistance”?

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  • mike giddens

    Changing one’s mind is a tough feat……I’m currently fighting that battle……however, I’m starting to see some of the fruits of my labor!

  • Pat

    I’m anxious to read your thoughts on developing a warrior mindset. I believe the first step is too often (unfortunately) something external that jars us…as you wrote in your first paragraph. How can we take charge without the motivation of that outside force? I’ve been wanting to lose weight for several years, but it took a picture that someone else took of me to shame me into taking control. Can’t we get from the life we’re living to the unlived life proactively? Perhaps we don’t do routine self-inventory and purposeful planning. We need to learn to live life ON PURPOSE. From a religious perspective, our purpose every day should be finding areas we can change to be more like Christ. He has prepared that life for us and will show us areas to change, but waits for us to ask. Ephesians 2:10
    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      What a great comment, Pat! And living with a Warrior mindset applies ESPECIALLY to the Christian walk. You said a few key words – purposeful, planning, on purpose. It is about living INTENTIONALLY. But that is not easy – which is why we have to change our mindsets! Thanks again, friend
      !

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

      Love it Pat, thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

    If there is one thing we can count on “Change” is it. Every minute of the day something is changing. There are many people in this world who are scared to change so they Resist or they just plain out decide not to change at all.
    Take a look at the aliases of Resistance again. “Fear. Procrastination. Apathy. Chaos. Impossibility. Insignificance. Broken promises” There is one word in this list of aliases that lead to all the others. Can you name it. (FEAR)
    Fear of change leads to hesitation (Resistance). This hesitation leads to putting off change (Procrastination).
    Fear of change leads to inaction, and inaction leads to (Apathy).
    Fear that change will cause the world to turn upsidedown. (Chaos)
    Fear that something cannot be done (Impossibility)
    Fear of not being good enough. (Insignificance)
    Fear of believing what others say they will do. (Broken Promises -“the best way to keep one’s word is not to give it. “~Napoleon Bonaparte)
    Interesting to see how fear can affect our lives. Looking forward to seeing the keys to a Warrior’s Mindset.

    • Louise Thaxton

      Brian – you are so right! FEAR is one of our #1 enemies. I guess that is why there are so many “fear not’s” in the Bible!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Brian – you are so right! FEAR is one of our #1 enemies. I guess that is why there are so many “fear not’s” in the Bible!

    • Wendy Daniels

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts along with Louise. I enjoy reading your post as well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

        You are welcome Wendy.

  • Wendy Daniels

    Change is always so hard and a total mindset. I look with anticipation to your encouraging words on how to develop a warrior mindset over the weeks to come!

    • Louise Thaxton

      Change IS hard! Which is why we have to be fully engaged in the battle to change mindsets.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Change IS hard! Which is why we have to be fully engaged in the battle to change mindsets.

  • WendyDaniels

    Change is always so hard and a total mindset. I anticipate your encouraging words on how to develop a warrior mindset in weeks to come.