¨ Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night´s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”
-Oath of the Night´s Watch
Wow! I just love that Oath, and the power it gives when read. If you like Game of Thrones you know what i´m talking about. I have read part of the books, since it is a long read, and I have seen the t.v. series. I wish I had more time to read from start to finish the series of books, and I wonder what will happen next on the series?
Although it is set in a fictional world, and is the story of Seven Kingdoms, you get lots of information that when read or seen gets your mind blown up and going, thinking unstoppable.
So this made me think: Wow, what would happen if you have an oath that becomes your motivation and will power?
Well the answer was: ¨I need one of those!¨
Throughout my life I have seen action movies and fantasy movies, I just love them, and I have seen that the most inspiring characters I´ve seen have oaths, creeds or motto´s.
I remember the first one of them that made a great impression in me. It was Inigo Montoya, of The Princess Bride. I was ten or even eight years old, and I remember playing with my cousins, with swords, and screaming:
“Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father; Prepare to die!”
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That phrase, or oath, moved Inigo to learn and become the greatest sword fighter ever, and to look for all his life for the Six Fingered Swordsman, the one that had taken the life of Inigo´s Father.
What a great story! I loved that movie, and later reading the book.
Fast forward to 1997, one year after graduating from school, and watching The Postman at the movies. Another great oath, to move towards determination onto something.
“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds!”
I thought as everyone else at the time, that it was the oath of the United States Postal Service, but as it turns out, it really isn´t. It was the words spoken by Herodotus, about 2,500 years ago. He said this adage during the war between the Greeks and Persians about 500 b.c. in reference to the Persian Mounted Postal couriers!
In the movie, it moved The Postman to make a better world.
In real life, it moved the Greek Mounted couriers to completion of their appointed rounds!
In High School, I had a Creed that had shaped my life, and I had learned it from my Martial Arts classes. I learned Shaolin Kenpo Karate. I loved my Martial Arts classes, but I abhorred to fight.
I had adopted the Shaolin Kenpo Creed which states:
“I come to you with only Shaolin Kenpo.
I have no weapons,
But should I be forced to defend myself,
My principles or my honor.
Should it be a matter of life or death,
Of right or wrong,
Then here are my weapons,
BAM!, That Creed has a punch!
I can tell you, I have never used my knowledge. I have never had to fight, thanks God, but it kept me focused, and in line with my learning. It gave me power.
I knew I could defend myself if I had to, and that using my knowledge was of last resort, but I had the Power!.
Right now in my life, if I look for what creed or oath I have adopted, I think it´s the words of Thich Nhat Hanh in the Fourth Precept:
“Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I vow to cultivate loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I vow to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or that can cause the family or the community to break. I will make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.”
I just love those words, and I use it everyday in my private practice, and with every patient, friend and family member.
So what is your oath in life and work? Do you think or feel it has helped you?
If you don´t have a personal oath or creed, you should create one right now!
I´m going to show you how to do it, using a simple formula, that maybe you have heard of before.
The formula goes:
I will…… (name a BENEFIT),
for…. (name the group of people you will target),
even if…(worst case scenario).
I will give away therapy,
to children in need that can´t afford therapy,
even though I just get paid with a Thank You and a smile.
Think of it as your Personal Branding.
For those of you that know, YES, this is the master copywriter John Carlton’s 3-Step USP Formula, adapted for my personal creed branding.
Please let me know what you think about the Personal Creed Formula, and if you find useful the info in this post.
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