About the Warrior Training Centre©
The Warrior Training Centre© (WTC) provides training in developing the Elite Warrior. To understand what this mindset is, we need to understand the “Warrior Ethos”. Let’s start with the definition and why?
WHAT IS THE ELITE WARRIOR MINDSET?
To explain this concept, let’s break this down word by word:
Elite – my favourite definition in a military context is from an Admiral in the SA Navy who described this as the innate belief you are the best, no matter how hard the going gets.
Warrior – A warrior is generally synonymous with the mindset of those who are prepared to place their body in harm’s way by choice, typically on the battlefield. Someone who has a set of psychological and physical skills enabling one to deploy determination in overcoming challenges; being adaptive and persistent.
Former US Navy Seal Richard Machowicz summed it clearly: “Being a warrior is not about the act of fighting. It’s about being so prepared to face a challenge and believing so strongly in the cause you are fighting for that you refuse to quit.”
Mindset – A mindset is developed when you employ a fixed mental attitude that predetermines your response to a given situation.
Therefore, the Elite Warrior Mindset, could be described as having a positive attitude about yourself, positive focus about your mission and demonstrating appropriate behaviour to back it up.
WHY IS THIS RELEVANT?
If you want to win the war, you have to be a warrior.
Although most people associate being a warrior with fighting and hunting, these are the most basic actions through which a warrior’s strength is expressed. The fundamental principles of a warrior can apply to all aspects of one’s life, as well all professional fields – not only military – be it sports or business. These skills are transferable, with everyone able to learn how to adopt an Elite Warrior Mindset. It is this that distinguishes the warrior from the common man. The first conquest for any man should be the mastering of his mind.
According to Lt Col Dave Grossman of the US Army, in his book “Warrior Mindset”, “In the end, it’s not about the ‘hardware’, its about the software. Amateurs talk about hardware or equipment, professionals talk about software or training or mental readiness.” It is clear that mental readiness is key for the warrior mindset. Intense physical training, proper eating habits & sufficient sleep are critical components of preparedness towards the development of peak performance. However, to ensure that peak performance is achievable whenever required, preparedness in the form of a positive mind-body connection also needs to be in place.
“THE VICTORIOUS WARRIOR WINS WITH HIS MIND BEFORE GOING INTO BATTLE.” SUN TZU
HOW CAN ONE LEARN THIS?
Our approach is simple: Build a strong body and a strong mind. Always measure results. Always ask how participants feel. Repeat what works.
How to ensure optimal mind-body connection.
The body and mind are inextricably connected. Every thought we have sets off a cascade of cellular reactions in our nervous system that influence all the molecules in our body. Our cells constantly observe our thoughts and are changed by them.
This phenomenon is fundamental in the development & maintenance of the Mindset of an elite military professional. A healthy dialogue between our thoughts and our molecules facilitates our shift from imbalance to balance. Not just in our professional careers, but in life as well. When we’re in an optimal state of dynamic balance, this is beneficial for our general well being, more specifically for the warrior, it could ensure “on demand” peak performance whenever the need arises.
An overview of the mind-body prescriptions to create the positive feedback loop are as follows:
• Building mental toughness techniques: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
(Note: For military personnel this may contain elements of hand to hand combat: armed & unarmed, the WTC’s brand of Real urban Combat)
• Clarity of mind techniques
• Guided imagery
• complete fitness program includes exercises to:
– develop flexibility
– cardiovascular conditioning
– strength training
• Visualisation techniques to ensure uniformity of a shared vision.
• Individual vision moulding techniques: each person may interpret the vision differently, based on one’s own inherent value system and Blind spots/Background of Obviousness (BOO).
During our CEO, Claudio Chiste’s term as the National Chairman (England) of the South African Legion of Military Veterans – with driving team culture a key priority- a shared vision for the veterans to read at the start of any meeting was formulated. This helped set the tone for the meeting ensuring the right mindset of camaraderie and team connection. Similarly, this concept could be tailored in line with the vision of any organisation or company.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS TRAINING?
Anyone could benefit by attending this NLP-based training course. There are, though, certain applications where NLP is more relevant
Soldiers in elite units who would like to develop mental toughness, with a ‘military mindset’ epitomised by the 3 D’s: Discipline, Drive & Determination.
NLP is an indispensable tool when your role involves motivating others and communicating effectively. Whether it be conducting an appraisal, giving a presentation or motivating staff, NLP provides a wide range of tools and techniques designed to help you increase your level of results.
Using sound NLP principles that work will help to enhance the leadership skills.
Whether you are a sportsman or a sports coach, NLP provides tools that allow you to continually enhance you and your performance.
We view this as the most important and valuable element of NLP. By applying NLP to your own personal development you will optimise your mind-body connection, becoming a healthier, happier and more successful individual.
There is a law called the Law of Correspondence that states: “As within so without”. Put simply, everting is perception.
Meaning that nothing is independent of your consciousness, i.e. that which you experience in the world of forms that is seemingly outside is a shadow of the “light” (consciousness/perspective) within. Your outer world i.e. the kind of job you are in, your relationships, the amount of money you are earning, your health are merely a reflection of your inner world i.e. your attitudes, beliefs, thoughts and feelings.
If you want to make a change on the outside you must first make a change on the inside.