The Warrior Mindset by Michael J. Asken is a book written for cops on the topic of mental toughness skills. He argues that having the physical skills needed for a violtent and stressful encounter are not enough. A certain mindset needs to be trained and developed in order to survive as well. He cites medical studies and explains practical skills for how to develop them. Here are some of my favorite quotes from or in the book.
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch
“Despite this complexity of characterizing leadership, or more precisely effective leadership, there is one indisputable reality, a requirement common to all those who would effect successful action. They have the ability to handle crisis because they possess the necessary skills to remain calm and functional when others are rendered confused or overwhelmed by difficult circumstances.” Page i
“Nowhere will the stakes be higher for the leader, his troops or officers, or his country and way of life, than in the military service and in protecting our streets.” Page ii
“Do not expect the combat fairy to come bonk you with the combat wand and suddenly make you capable of doing things that you never rehearsed before. It will not happen.” Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
“You don’t rise to the occasion. You sink to your level of training.” Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
“A warrior…feeds his body well; he trains it; works on it. Where he lacks skill he practices.Where he lacks knowledge, he studies. But above all he must believe. He must believe in his strength of will, or purpose, of heart and soul. Do not speak badly of yourself, for the warrior that is inside you hears your words and is lessened by them. You are strong and you are brave. There is a nobility of spirit within you. Let it grow- you will do well enough.” David Gemmel’s character, Chareos, in Quest for Lost Heroes