|Warrior creeds have been around for many years and act as a code of conduct and inspiration. The Warrior Ethos help define these warriors, although different words have been used by the Samurai, Spartans, Marines, and other Special Operation forces around the world.
The Navy SEALs have a code which is as follows:
The SEAL Code
Loyalty to Country, Team, and Teammate
Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield
Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit
Take Responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates
Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation
Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Innovation
Earn your Trident everyday
We are revisiting the code for Alliance which helps define our core values.
The first value of the Alliance Code is honesty. This applies to being honest with others but, just as importantly, being honest with yourself. In the past, you may have heard me quote Bruce Lee saying, “Being truthful with yourself is one of the hardest things to do.”. I wholeheartedly agree with his assessment.
What I have begun to realize is that we all rationalize why we do what we do. This rationalizing is just part of human nature, hard wired in our DNA. It is very critical for our personal growth that we are aware of this desire to rationalize. It is also a reason setting goals and having a strong “Why” are important. Without the direction derived from having meaningful goals and a strong “Why”, we can fall into the trap of making excuses to ourselves and others for our actions.
I am guilty of self-deception, as much as anyone.
For example, during Kokoro Camp, I went through a period of time when I began to rationalize why I should quit. My hips were killing me and I was barely able to pick my feet up when trying to run. I felt that that I was slowing everyone else down on the runs. While going through this self-dialogue, I would never admit that I was considering quitting because it was too hard, but rather that I may need to pull out because I was diminishing the experience for others! How was that for self-rationalization. And, if my “Why” had not been strong enough, I would have given into this rationalization for quitting.
We make these rationalizations on a daily basis. They can sound something like this,” it won’t hurt me to eat that desert, have that drink, skip that workout, or take it easy today.”. Sometimes these statements can be true. However, what is important, is that we are aware of this tendency and that we critically look as this potential self deception to insure that we continue to move towards our goals and continue to become the person we want to be.
My challenge to you is to take a look at what you are doing on a daily basis and be honest with yourself about the decisions you make. Ask yourself the simple question, ” Are my actions congruent with my goals and the person I want to be?”. If your answer is consistently yes, then you know you are headed in the right direction.
To your success!