Cockiness makes up the majority of the driving force within every Marine’s head.
We take it to ridiculous levels. We’re known for it.
But cockiness intones a lack of sense or maturity (which are also parts of being Marine many times.)
Remove the egotistical aspects and you’re left with self-assuredness and an assuredness in the capabilities of the team.
Its a mindset based in certainty of outcome.
For Marines, that’s “we know we’ll win”
We don’t even consider the equation from the other side, such as “we can’t lose.” Just to use the negative is a slight loss already. We focus on the win.
I draw upon that endlessly as I move forward online. It’s got me through many temporary defeats and brutal learning curves. This brings to bear the point of scope.
You can lose the battle but you’ll win the war if you keep going. My ultimate goal has always been to be happy and secure and to secure the same for my family. That’s true for everybody, I’d imagine.
How I’ve gone about procuring these things has changed multiple times over the years as my responsibilities and priorities have changed.
My tactics and strategies have also changed based upon feedback I’ve received about whatever plan I currently had cooking. You will find the same to be true for you if you haven’t already given it some thought.
Your goals may elude you and what your goals are may actually change, but your sense of assuredness must remain cocky at all times.
You must develop a level of belief in yourself that is annoying to those who don’t have it
Then you temper it by correctly and carefully processing the feedback you receive from all your efforts in life to make sure you can back that cockiness with measurable positive results.
Don’t let cocky slip into stupid. I have once or twice…or a few hundred times. Possibly many hundreds. But that’s all!
I want to help you keep your tally lower than mine in this regard.