The Bushidō Samurai are elite masters in the art of self-defense. They are specially trained in hand-to-hand combat, but never fight unless they must. The Samurai moral code stresses mindfulness, self-control, loyalty and honor unto death. Thus, Samurai dodge confrontation whenever and wherever possible.
These same principals can easily be applied to everyday life. Think like a Bushidō Samurai and avoid unnecessary confrontation. Doing so will decrease your emotional stress and simultaneously increase your productivity.
- Be aware of your surroundings and always maintain a clear mind when you are in unfamiliar territory.
- Don’t stick out like a sore thumb, but still carve out your own path.
- Evaluate the level of risk in every situation before accepting it.
- Take control of your actions. Don’t let others steer for you.
- Keep a clear mind. Never abuse mind numbing drugs. Avoid those who do.
- Even if someone else provokes you, swiftly escape. Most fights are not worth fighting.
- Trust only those who have earned it. Be wary of those who have not.
- Don’t meddle in other people’s affairs or attempt to solve their problems unless it’s within the scope of your mission.
- Maintain a healthy body. Otherwise physical avoidance may not be an option.
- Always stay true to your purpose. Practice intelligent avoidance, escape confrontation whenever possible and defend yourself only when you must.