For the Samurai, the Katana, the Japanese sword, was inevitable part of his being, his existence and literally was part of his soul. Carrying the Katana was honor and obligation in one. It was obligation to a lifestyle of serving, of giving everything. It was the ultimate symbol of the life purpose of its carrier. And an honor to which the Samurai dedicated himself completely.
In the todays world, outside of the training environment, it is the Samurai Mind Set, the ultimate way of behavior, thinking, being that is still – even in today’s modern Japan – having an effect on business, behavioral etiquette, education, even social life. Although of course modern social lifestyle has a huge impact on the younger generations. Even today a student with excellent behavior and the ability to adapt to a companies unwritten rules will have a better chance to get a job than one with very good or good behavior. More than 900 years of Japanese Samurai History, following Zen Principles, written and unwritten laws is still deeply anchored in this society.
Why am I telling you all about that?
Japan, shaped by Samurai Code for such a long time, is still playing an outstanding role in international economy, in the creation and production of high value products. And this is all a result of a way of thinking, a way of living, a way of Dedication to serve and to always give your best. The sword has disappeared. But the mind-set is still there. Your mind is your sword, it represents all of the abilities, using all of it’s capacities to serve in an outstanding way. Mediocracy has not place to exist.
Looking at so many western countries and to the peoples way of living, even mediocracy seems to be a high standard. So do many products and services. A lot of personal services lost it’s quality but stay high-priced. Missing standards are blamed to be the reason. I do not agree. In a world where we have to instruct employees “Caution, Beware of stairs, Use the hand rail” because otherwise, in case of accident, people will blame the company, somethings goes completely wrong.
Principles vs. Rules
Rules usually are fix. They do not allow adaptation, while principles are defined in a way so you can adapt them to every aspect of your life. We are being taught rules, the “how to”, but not on important principles like to take full responsibility for our own actions, as well as for our own negligence.
While in Japan it is an honor to work for a special company, in many western countries we see it as “a 9-5 job”, fighting for less working hours and more salary, while the quality standard is getting lower and lower. No one feels himself dedicated to provide high value services, high value products. OK, “no one” is a generalization and therefore not true. Yet since a lot of products get lesser quality and the service is becoming poorer over the years, the “No one” is rising in peoples heads, slowly adapting to a poor standard themselves. “Why doing more than other people?” – But at the same time, enviousness is arousing towards people who succeed in their lives.
Success starts within your mind. Outstanding results are the result of an outstanding attitude. This is why the mind is becoming the today’s Samurai Sword.
What we teach in Sword Art is the following.
- The tip of the sword is showing your direction.
- Your intention is driving the swords movement. No clear intention will show in the cutting line of your sword in the bamboo, even in the smallest plant.
- The sharp side of the blade, the hardened and most precious part, has to be used wisely. If any possible, this side will not be used against another sword because damage of the sharp side of the blade will result, irretrievable.
- The back side of the sword is called the heaven. It is the stable side, which can be used against an opponents sword.
- Your left hand is the director of the sword. Since the left side is connected to the heart, the intention will lead the leading hand, showing the expert your clarity.
- Your right hand is the power of the sword, defining strength and therefore the energy of a cut, representing the will of the Samurai.
Everyone of these aspects can be related to your mind. Every aspect of your mind should follow the principles of the Samurai Mind Set.
Quietness in mind and heart
Transparency in communication
No bad talking about others
The will to fulfill, no matter what
The will to improve every day
The idea of always being ready to give and serve at your best abilities
No chasing of games, amusement and other distractions
Achieving outstanding results are the result of an ongoing self responsible way of life, a way that teaches you to make the best out of your life, in every aspect of your life. No matter what.
If we only could teach these principles quite early in education, school and at home, a complete different and outstanding generation could emerge. Yet – it is never too late. Begin now to live one principle after the other, add every week one more and you will beOuts a complete different being, with outstanding behavior within 3-4 months – if you apply and go for the principles for the following 6-12 months. It will become a routine and change your life in the best possible way.
And you will become – Outstanding!
© Christian Semlitsch, The Swiss Business Samurai.
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