Warriors prepare to act by keeping their cool as they see the world for what it is.
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
One of the things we must learn to do, and then remember to do it when things get bad, is to see the world as it is, for what it is, and keep our heads clear upon this realization. Too many people make problems worse because of the way they think about problems. They lose their head and exaggerate the problem into something only their imagination and worry comes up with. Doing this often paralyzes people and they then refuse to do anything.
We all make assumptions and we all weigh costs and benefits when things happen. If we do this, that will happen. If we do that, this will happen. This is natural and part of the process. But we must remember that living as a warrior is living boldly. We look at the reality of life, even the negatives, and we drive on to overcome obstacles in our path. We must not make things into more than they are by losing our cool and blowing things out of proportion. We must not look at the world through rose-colored glasses either. We just understand the reality of our problems and obstacles, both the positive and negative, and then prepare to act accordingly. This is what the OODA Loop is all about. We Observe, Orientate, Decide and then Act. Warriors prepare to act and then they act on that preparation. And often, that preparation was done way before needed during training.
Decide to keep a clear head and tackle objects in your path head on. Calculate the odds and embrace the risk. Face your realistic fears and don’t make imaginary ones. Warriors prepare to act. Are you ready?