The Workaday Warrior & Warrioress





You’ve heard of Weekend Warrior? Well, I’m interested in what it takes to be a Workaday Warrior.

Generally, Weekend Warrior means a person who gets into their passion, hobby, labour of love only on weekends. And, yes, some passions need a longer space to really get into. Nobody’s painting their masterpiece while entering data at the office.

Workaday means ordinary, routine, familiar; as well as diligent, disciplined, skillful.

So the Workaday Warrior may not be as visible or obvious or flamboyant as the Weekend Warrior. But the Workaday Warrior is always involved, every day, at some level, in some subtle, primal and conscious way, with their deep driving desire.

The way of the Workaday Warrior is often internal. It’s about attention and intention. It’s about inner actions, a fierce fidelity to a raison d’être. It’s about devotion to a deep driving desire, the thing of rare purpose that feeds, fires, and inspires your life.

If your passion is an activity, you may not be able to do the outer action of your passion every day: rock climbing, pot throwing, home renovations, antique rescue, abused dog rescue, yard sailing, paddling. But whatever the deep driving desire, the Workaday Warrior is almost always at it, imagining, dreaming, intending, planning.

Often the deep desire of the moment is intensely internal: the slog to rise from despair, the struggle to nurture hope, the inner job of soul recovery.

If you’re stuck in or moving through a big blow in life—an addiction, an illness, a grievous loss—your Workaday Warrior may be doing the sword dance of soul retrieval in very dark depths. Outer eyes may not see into your struggle.

In the ordeal of a lifetime, in the struggle for your sanity, in the underworld journey of self-transformation, you will face, sooner or later, the Workaday Worrier or the Workaday Woebegoner, the loathly lords and ladies of desperation and doubt. We could call these panic and despair, fretting and ruing, anxiety and depression.

Whatever you call these weights of worry and woe, they are the worthy opponents of the Workaday Warrior. And there are more. Procrastination. Pigheadedness. Avoidance. Whatever. Their modus operandi is to take down the one who’s shaping a whole new path in life through all those old cramps of conditioning.

What we focus on grows. Positive or negative, what we give story to, we give life to. A fervent focus on the more desirable life, with fierce heart and clear head, tends to grow fruit. Life grows opportunity like an oak tree grows acorns—out of its own skin and in mighty supply. A focus on the deep driving desire grows inner intention into outer actions that reap the fruits of opportunity and further the inspired life.

The Workaday Warrior clears distractions, clarifies thought, identifies values, deepens feeling, and takes belief to an all new level of joyful engagement with his deep driving desire. The Workaday Warrioress knows that a frequent fervent focus on her deep driving desire is the stuff of magic.



BELIEF: The Simplest Of Things Blog Bite

Belief is the smallest of things wielding the greatest of powers. Believing you can or believing you can’t makes or breaks your greatness groove.

But your greatness groove doesn’t help you much if you don’t believe in your greatness. Belief is an inner ally to the unfolding of your greatness.

If you believe that your greatness is determined by things you think you don’t have, such as innate ability, opportunity, special talent; or by arbitrary factors like social class, economics, geography, other people, then your mind gets into loops of lack.

None of us escapes some ups and downs in life. Adversity comes spinning along as it will. But adversity can come spinning along and crush you when you doubt yourself. Adversity finds weight in a mind that twists and turns in loops of lack. And in loops of lack, the same-old-same-old keeps spinning itself into a life.

Belief in yourself liberates your greatness groove to do its good work in your life and in the world.

Belief in your greatness groove is a primary liberating ally to your deep driving desire—that thing in you that must be what it can be. Believing in the greatness of your deep driving desire or believing that you can and will discover your deep driving desire gets you thriving from its wildish ground.

A lovely adage says: You must believe it to see it. I take that to mean that belief creates the inner conditions for something to be so in the world, preparing you for its arrival. Belief sets up a resonance hub inside you, an electromagnetic pulse of possibility.

To use a garden metaphor: if you want to attract butterflies, plant the flowers that butterflies vibe with. Your greatness groove needs you to plant a bright blooming belief in your greatness.

Belief in your deep driving desire lifts you from a path of fate to a path of destiny, from the path handed to you by circumstance to the path required by your soul. And then destiny begins to unfold.

It seems that the bright belief is the beloved of destiny. And belief, at its root, means joy, gladness, and love. Yes, right in the root meaning of the word, joy is the heart of belief.

So when we say something like: destiny hangs on your belief in your greatness; we are saying destiny hangs on your joy in your greatness.

True belief is practicing joy. And joy is a resonance that brings the best into being.