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This is the second of four lessons on control.
The Art of war is a military text believed to be written by an ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu in 5th century B.C. Its texts carry great weight when applied to Business and life, as much as warfare.
Control the Mind
Remember that a war can be fought in the mind as much as the battlefield.
“A clever general, therefore, avoids an army when its spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to return. This is the art of studying moods.”– Sun Tzu (ART OF WAR)
Mind and Body are linked.
When we allow ourselves to be run down, exhausted and weary, we open ourselves to attack and make ourselves vulnerable. The quality of energy and vibrancy of our mind is dependent on the vibrancy of our body, the two are intimately linked. Therefore the quality of our spirit or will, will directly impact the effectiveness of our mind. Take care of the body with proper rest, nutrition, and laughter.
“Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy – This is the art of retaining self-possession.”– Sun Tzu (ART OF WAR)
An undisciplined mind is susceptible to chatter and noise. When facing fear, struggle, or disorder an undisciplined mind will distract a person from absolute focus, and victory will drift from awareness.
How to use control of mind in life, business, and warfare.
To keep a troop in order, disciplined, and calm practice with repetition, meditation, and preparation.
Prepare for inevitable situations that you intend to engage in, and practice with repetition. Just because you know the mechanics of how something works, does not mean that you will perform when under pressure. Make it automatic. The difference is like learning the keys on a piano vs being able to play music.
“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training.”— Greek poet, Archilochus (680 – 645BCE)
Practice creating a calm mind and managing impulses by working with the mind. Meditation and repeatedly exposing oneself to situations which require maintaining calm under pressure will increase effectiveness.
“Your ability to control your thoughts – treat it with respect. It’s all that protects your mind from false perceptions – false to your nature, and that of all rational beings.”– Marcus Aurelius (Meditations 3:9)
Finally, once yourself and troops have mastered controlling the mind, you may gain the upper hand by introducing chaos and doubt into your enemies’ thoughts.
As Sun Tzu said “await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy”
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