You can’t improve anything if you don’t
first know what needs to be improved.
Once you know what needs to be improved or fixed, you can then begin the process of finding out how to make the needed improvements. Making improvements in your life is like a mechanic working on a car. He first has to figure out what is wrong with your car before he can work on it and make it run better.
No mechanic would simply start replacing parts, rewiring the electrical system, etc. without first doing some investigating and finding out what is working and what is not working. The same principle goes for you in your quest to live the warrior lifestyle. You have to find out what strengths you already have and what areas need some work. Then you can work to make your strengths even stronger, and to turn your weaknesses into strengths.
It takes quite a bit of introspection to really understand yourself and know what you believe in and what you truly stand for – to understand your principles and to develop your own code of life. Carl Jung taught that, “We should know what our convictions are, and stand for them…Therefore it is wise to be as clear as possible about one’s subjective principles.” Socrates stated, “One of the most important precepts of wisdom is to know oneself.”
A thorough understanding of oneself is not optional for the true warrior. It is absolutely necessary. This should be a top priority for you throughout your journey. It is self-knowledge that allows you to live a life of excellence; without it, you cannot possibly develop your life to the fullest. Socrates even went as far as to say, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This is a pretty strong endorsement of self-knowledge!
excerpt from the award-winning book
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