Having a code, creed or an ethos is important for people like us. When things are getting complicated or you are unsure about something, even tempted, you can fall back on your code of honour to keep you on your path.
All of us stumble and falter sometimes and it can be harder to do the right thing than the easiest thing. Sometimes it is easier to blame others for our misfortune, blame the world for our suffering or walk past somebody who we can help.
Ever driven past somebody who has had broken down by the side of the road and as you sped past thought ¨should i stop?, oh they will be ok and i´m busy¨?
There are many worthy codes of honour that you can borrow or just make your own that is more specific to you.
The Commando Spirit of the Royal Marines is a good place to start out and many of it´s points will be relevent to you as you move through your bushcraft journey.
- Professional Standards
When the chips are down, you are scared, cold, wet, too hot, exhausted and grumpy, these aspects of the commando spirit should keep you going and raise the moral of those around you. I realise as I type this that this sounds very cheesy but it works i promise!
Use your guiding principles to guide you but also to work out what is really important to you.
One that I like is
- Well being
I have a set of guiding principles for the courses that I teach too, each course will incorporate the following
Matt´s guiding principles
- Self Reliance
- Leading a Life Worth Living
- Having a Small Foot Print
These are important to me but also to the skills that I teach. If I stick to these principles then it helps to maxamise the positive impact that these skill´s have as opposed to any negative affects.
For example, I always return my campsite to the condition (or better) that I found it in, this includes the fire pit, the fire can be and must always be cleaned so that no trace remains. That comes under the ¨small footprint¨ point.
If you are in a leadership position then perhaps the British Army Leadership principles would be good for you or maybe you can use them as the basis for your own principles.
- Lead by example
- Encourage thinking
- Apply reward and discipline
- Demand high performance
- Encourage confidence in the team
- Recognise individual strengths and weaknesses
- Strive for team goals
Modern Warrior Code
- Honesty and Justice – There is only right and wrong
- Polite Courtesy – Even your enemies
- Heroic Courage – Rise up and be brave not reckless
- Honour – Hold yourself accountable, you cannot hide from yourself
- Compassion – Help your fellow man at every opportunity
- Complete sincerity – If you say that you will do something then do it
- Duty and Loyalty – Be true to those that you care about
- Trust – Trust is sacred, never break it and to those that break your trust, they shall never regain it
Find a code that resonates with you and if you can´t then make a new one