III – Be

Questions to Ask Yourself

Thinking that you have an answer for everything may be evidence that you’re part of the problem.

Asking intelligent, probing questions is among the foundation characteristics of effective leadership. By observing current conditions and asking “what if…” and “why not…,” your thinking is expanded, your horizons are opened, and you generate better solutions to solve intricate challenges. That’s true both professionally as well as personally (self-assessment). Asking questions moves you out of the judgmental, status-quo realm into the learning, improvement realm.

The following is a partial list from ZeroHedge.com of suggested questions to ask yourself to assist you in creating a working inventory of mind, body, and equipment for living in dangerous or uncertain times. SemperVerus has added questions for soul development.


  • What am I doing to intentionally strengthen my soul?
  • Am I obeying the greatest commandment (love God) and the second greatest commandment (love people)?
  • Do I believe Jesus—whom historians have proven to actually have lived—was a liar, lunatic, or Lord? (see the SemperVerus Good News page)
  • What am I doing to regularly read and understand the Bible?
  • How often do I pray?
  • Are my prayers big enough? Are they others-focused?
  • How often do I meditate?
  • Am I quick to confess and repent of my sins?
  • What am I doing to feed my faith?
  • Am I being sensitive to daily count my blessings and show gratitude?
  • Do I live for a higher purpose than merely myself?
  • Am I being generous enough?
  • Am I quick to forgive?
  • Is my leadership vision spiritually oriented?
  • What books are on my reading list to spiritually grow?

Spiritual Fitness in the USA Military

The US Air Force defines spiritual fitness as “the ability to adhere to beliefs, principles, or values needed to persevere and prevail in accomplishing missions,” according to Air Force Instruction (AFI) 90-5001.

Spiritual fitness is one of the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness, which focuses on building a thriving US Air Force comprised of comprehensively balanced individuals who strive to be mentally, physically, socially and spiritually fit.

[ Read the SemperVerus article, Concealed Carry Daily Prayer ]

According to a 2013 RAND Corporation study commissioned by the Air Force, spiritual fitness “can affect an individual’s resilience and readiness to perform military duties” and “influence resilience and well-being by buffering stress.”

15 Maxims for Being Reliable

Steadfast like a rockAre you reliable? Someone who’s trustworthy, dependable, honest, respectable, steadfast? Like a rock?

Here are 15 tenets to make sure you are:

  1. Keep your promises.
  2. Don’t overpromise.
  3. Manage expectations.
  4. Don’t leave other people hanging.
  5. Whatever you do, do it well.
  6. Be consistent.
  7. Finish what you start.
  8. Pull your weight and shoulder your own responsibilities.
  9. Be honest.
  10. Pay back money and return things in a timely manner.
  11. Be punctual.
  12. Be fair and consistent in rewards and punishments.
  13. Don’t let circumstances dictate your behavior.
  14. Don’t collapse in emergencies.
  15. Show up.

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Desmond T. Doss: Example of Stalwart Character

Buy the book Desmond Doss Conscientious Objector: The Story of an Unlikely Hero through this affiliate link with AmazonDesmond Doss (#LiveLikeDoss) was the only man to win the US Congressional Medal of Honor while serving under conscientious objector status. A devoted Seventh-Day Adventist, Doss asked for non-combatant status when he was drafted in 1942, but he was told that he could only serve as a C.O.

Doss trained as a military medic and proved himself a selfless hero during the fierce battle for Okinawa. When 75 wounded GIs were stranded atop the Maeda Escarpment, Doss personally made sure each one was lowered to safety, all of this taking place under heavy enemy fire. During his military service, Doss also received the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, all without harming another human being.

“He was one of the bravest persons alive, and then to have him end up saving my life was the irony of the whole thing,” said Capt. Jack Glover in a documentary about Doss’ life. Glover had wanted Doss out of the unit when he first joined up.