Last month Phil Messina continued his tradition of sharing his Warrior Insights with the Modern Warrior Community.
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Your WARRIOR INSIGHTS™ for August 2012 – Stress
Stress is the unseen enemy that lurks within the shadows of every path worth taking. If the Reaper had a sidekick, his name would be Stress.
Very few achievements can be obtained without stress, so although we must accept certain levels of it in our lives, we must never allow ourselves to succumb under the pressure.
Stress can never completely be negated, it can, however, be diminished through a combination of focus and distraction—even though these two terms appear to be contrary to each other, they are in fact complementary when being sought by a disciplined mind.
Overcoming stress while achieving your goals is a challenge to the mind, body and spirit, but it only becomes an overwhelming challenge when one chooses to focus on the stress itself, rather than the cause of the stress.
When a warrior faces an opponent with a knife, he or she must have the discipline to realize that while the stress may be caused by the knife, the focus must be on the person holding the knife. The warrior cannot be distracted by the knife to the point of losing track of the attacker’s natural weapons, like a free hand, feet, elbows or knees. Failure to extend one’s focus to include those other potential threats will eventually cause the warrior to fall victim to the knife.
When thinking in these terms, it becomes obvious that stress can only be dealt with effectively if we address those things causing it, yet we must maintain the will and determination to understand that if we focus too much on the stress alone we will lose sight of our goals and once we do that, we forfeit our lives in exchange for mere existence.
Affirmation: I understand that a stress free life is a life without challenges, thus I accept stress freely but never completely.
By Phil Messina