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The Art of War 6:2 Impose Your Will

Rarely did coach scout or watch film on our upcoming opponent. Our execution was his concern. “If you are good enough at what you do, you can enforce your unstoppable will upon them. We don’t play their game, they will play ours. We dictate the pace, the tempo and the rhythm,” taught CIF champion coach Don Curci. Likewise, Sun Tzu had similar wisdom; “The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.”

This mentality has served me well in everyday life. If I decide to go to a meeting or social gathering, I will go, regardless of who else comes. Imposing your will, is a way of leading. It is a method of choosing what you want. Go first. Declare first. Most individuals want to know; “who else is coming” or allow the seller to set bar in negotiations, then they decide.


Being predictable does not mean you are not excellent. Discipline is often redundant. Do not begin anything until you define what success is. “What does good look like?” is one of my Karate Sensei Jim Tucker favorite questions. Let me add this personalized ending; “What does good look like, to you, today…in your job this morning…in your class…in your relationship. Don’t get out of bed until you know what your will is.