3 Strategies to Keep your Resolutions a la Sun Tzu (Art of War)

The Art of War is arguably the holy grail to winning at life-in general. Written by Sun Tzu, a military strategist in ancient China, it’s a book that will profit people in all leaps and bounds to this day. And for more relevant application, it’s February and your resolutions-be it broken or intact, will thrive only with good habits.

1. Eating better/Sticking to your diet

Let’s keep it 100, if you’re trying to stay on your diet why would you agree to go out to dinner, especially a place that serves most things deep-fried? If you’re in nascent stage of building discipline, eating out is self sabotage.

Sun Tzu- “You can be sure in succeeding your attacks, if you only attack places that are undefended.”

RevoTake- You can successfully form good habits if you don’t build them in an environment of temptation.

2. Trying to exercise more/ Get active

You chart out your routine, get your gym clothes ready, protein on deck… All while knowing you have a 4 day wedding to attend.


Sun Tzu- “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.”

RevoTake- Good habits are born out of strategical environments.

3. Anger management/Keeping your cool

Mental peace is the most underrated state of supreme health. Losing your temper whether it is in or out of character can affect you physiologically. You won’t problem solve, think straight, and over everything- you won’t be able to treat people with the same respect you want to be treated with.

Sun Tzu- “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

RevoTake- Your enemy can be your own demons, or things that trigger your demons to come out to play. A pet peeve gone wrong, someone else misbehaving, anything. Treat this situation or person with more love because nothing in your arsenal is sharper than kindness.

Whether it’s drinking more water, drinking less alcohol, sleeping earlier, waking up earlier, not procrastinating- these habit changes are the soldiers of victory. Bad habits die hard, so when we put in the effort to change them- an unfavorable environment only makes it more challenging. Your circumstances that you handpick will be infinitely important in this process of transformation. You are not a tree, if you don’t like your situation, move!

These are none but a leaf out of his book of teachings, his principles are timeless and still relevant. And if you don’t know…now you know.



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