To many of us, it means strength and it means determination and it means discipline. The warrior mindset is about knowing what you want, knowing how to accomplish it and being willing to make sacrifices. It’s about being in service of something greater than yourself: be that a goal or objective in your career, be it looking after your family, or be it working to make the world a better place.
The warrior is able to put aside their creature comforts, their personal desires and their weaknesses. The warrior does what needs to be done.
And this demands minimalism.
How Your Stuff Makes You Weak
The reason for this is simple: your stuff makes you weak.
Ultimately, the more stuff you have, the more you have to lose.
If you have a beautiful large home that is absolutely packed with beautiful objects, then that’s going to require a large amount of money in order to maintain and keep. This in turn means you need a well-paid job in order to maintain it.
And it means that you suddenly have a lot to lose and a lot of ways you could lose it. Whether it’s upsetting your boss, having your house robbed, or anything else… more items mean you have more distracting you from what is really important and more ways you can be damaged.
Then there’s the more direct way that ‘stuff’ can make you weak. Simply: having lots of things means that you will be indulged. Whether it’s great food, a comfortable arm chair that lets you put the feat up, or a TV with 5,000 channels and the ability to record from 5 at once.
When you’re used to living in that kind of luxury, your standards go up. You become accustomed to having more, you become less able to live with less.
And now, when you find yourself without all those creature comforts, you’re going to find it harder to live without them.
Now imagine that you come home everyday and do press ups in an empty room. Or that you sleep on the floor. You adapt and suddenly, you can make do in any situation. You never complain, you never feel sorry for yourself and you have nothing to lose.
I’m not saying you need to go that far, but I am saying that a little minimalism will help you to be less vulnerable and less soft.
More Benefits of Minimalism
The benefits of minimalism go beyond this too. For starters, when you have a minimal décor and you have fewer things, you will actually be freer. Now you can up and leave and travel the world with no need to find a place to keep your items. At the same time, you will need to spend less time in your evenings tidying and cleaning!
Then there’s the fact that having fewer possessions will free your mind up to be able to concentrate on more important matters. A cluttered home is a cluttered mind.