In the midst of this Counterinsurgency, we are transforming. We were once a Commander but now we are to become a Diplomat King.
Similarly, the war zone has transformed – it has become a city. Enemy combatants have become citizens. Our soldiers have become engineers, bankers, fast-food workers, students, stay-at-home moms, etc.
It is important for the Commander who wishes to become a Diplomat King to avoid one potential downfall: reverting back to wartime methods and mentalities during times of stress whether they be times of financial, physical, or emotional stress.
Remember, as a former Freedom-Fighter Commander, you are certainly capable of doing the Commander’s job – you did it and were successful at doing it – but you have decided to take on a transcendent role.
Failure to delegate will result in immense stress placed upon you. When you fail to delegate, you now must do your job and another job (the one you appointed to someone else). You may be able to balance the two for a time, but eventually one or both jobs will suffer.
It is important to note, Stress can be a good thing. It is a resistance to overcome and develop personal growth (whether it is muscle growth, spiritual or intellectual growth, or emotional growth). Alas, Stress is only a good thing until it halts your progress completely.
This is what happens when you do not delegate – you revert back to your old job, your old responsibilities, old mindset and all the bad habits associated with it.
Halted progress is a catatonic state, which is the result of immense trauma or stress. Furthermore, stress is the high road to depression.
Watch this video of a young man suffering from catatonic schizophrenia…
The man’s delusions have become so powerful that they completely derail his life. His trajectory in life was to be an excellent student and musician, but those responsibilities were utterly wasted by the story he was telling himself.
“The tyrant in your mind has set up obstacles in your path (stories you tell yourself) and raised a vicious secret police to thwart you at every turn (toxic relationships). So, what do you have to do?”
– Primal Rage
Balancing Tenderness and Aggression
The above excerpt is from a post advocating the use of indignant rage toward your opposition. Rage can be a tool, so long as you do not become a Mad King.
There is a balance one must achieve between tenderness and aggression. We have discussed this need for balance in the body’s musculoskeletal system, but the same process also must be applied in developing the optimal mindset of a Diplomat King.
I believe it is fair to say, we hope that as we age we will give less attention to the judgements of others. An adolescent may feel petrified in social interactions but develop more confidence in young adulthood, giving less credence to the opinions of their peers.
But we cannot completely free ourselves of caring about what other people think of us – that would be a sociopathic characteristic.
Ultimately, we must avoid excusing ourselves but we also must allow ourselves some excuses (herein lies a dichotomy), only as long as it reduces stress which may cause catatonia or halted progress.
Regardless, we must realize that there is real danger in excuse-making. Largely because it leads to dissolution of responsibility, which is often called, Blaming others. This is an insidious virus that can overtake your nation and bring it to heel i.e. catatonia.
And from whence did this virus come? We can trace it back to our old enemy, the tyrant.
Before we can address the virus, and produce the antibodies to neutralize the threat, we must gain perspective. Equip yourself with the right optics so that you can see the Big Picture.