I originally posted my lessons from Peaceful Warrior on my work blog because Sources of Insight didn’t exist at the time.
I’d like to say this is from the book, but I’ve only seen the movie (Peaceful Warrior: The Movie). (Which reminds me, I haven’t actually created a movie category, but maybe I should. That’s where I gain some of my best insights.)
(Update: I’ve read the book. It’s worth it.)
Have you seen Peaceful Warrior? It’s a pretty simple movie, and it’s full of lessons. Probably the most important is how to keep getting back up when life knocks you down and how to continue to follow your dreams, even after your world is shattered.
Here are my lessons learned:
Where Are You, What Time is It, What Are You
This theme echoed throughout the movie:
- Where are you? …. HERE.
- What time is it? … NOW.
- What are you? … THIS MOMENT.
Here are the ones that struck a special “ah-ha” in me:
- There are no ordinary moments
- A Warrior acts; only a fool reacts.
- What do you do if you can’t do what you were born to do? Everything has a purpose — it’s up to you to find it.
- Make every move about the move — that one moment in time.
- Don’t fall into the trap — If only I had this, I’d be … If only … I’d get to be happy.
- If you don’t get what you want, you suffer. If you get what you want, you still suffer.
- You control you. Master you.
- Don’t pin your success on outcomes.
- The people that are the hardest to love, probably need it the most.
- Take out the trash. Clear you mind of everything you don’t need (doubt, past failures, future victories, … etc.)
- Develop the wisdom to use the right leverage at the right time.
- Knowledge is not the same as wisdom. Knowledge is knowing — wisdom is doing.
- You’ll never be better than anybody, the same way you’ll never be any less.
Additional Lessons Learned
Here are my additional lessons from Peaceful Warrior:
- Experience the moment. Be fully engaged in the moment.
- Limiting beliefs. Don’t become a victim of your own limiting beliefs. Stay adaptable.
- Don’t miss out on what’s going on by letting your mind fill up with noise.
- Trash is anything that keeps you from the only thing that matters which is right here and now.
- Be right here, right now. Don’t be in the past, gloating. Be in the present, living.
- All you have is right now.
- Let go of attachments.
- Meditate. Master the ability to clear you mind and focus on the moment.
- Don’t let your emotions control you.
- Enjoy the here and now — that’s the secret.
- Savor the moment.
- Other people’s perspectives don’t matter as much if you have your own perspective.
- Find your purpose.
- Assign meaning. You’re the most important meaning maker in your life.
- There’s never nothing going on (take a look around.)
- Don’t give up the one thing you control — your response.
- The habit is the problem. Wake up and experience the moment.
- Be conscious of your choices.
- Be responsible for your actions.
- Every action has its price and it’s pleasure.
- Most people don’t live at all.
- When you feel fear, use this sword.
- Don’t take for granted what you can do; don’t be sloppy with your life.
- Devote life to a higher purpose: service to others.
- The warrior doesn’t give up what they love.
- The warrior finds the love in what they do.
- The warrior is not about invincibility.
- The warrior chooses to act; the coward reacts.
- Life isn’t about 20 seconds in front of the judges.
- A warrior does what they love. A warrior does the thing they are put here to do.
- Don’t live in fear of failure.
- It’s the journey, not the destination.
- Being a warrior is not about perfection. Being a warrior is about absolute vulnerability.
- Life is about choice.
- Actions speak for themselves.
I have to admit, putting the list down really makes me want to watch the movie again. It’s such as simple movie but with so many powerful insights. It’s like hearing an old song sung a new way that becomes your new favorite.
Get the Peaceful Warrior
- Peaceful Warrior: The Movie
- Way of The Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives, by Dan Millman (Amazon)
Image by Raphael Goetter.