Saturday, May 2, 2020

Hypothetical Scenario - The Dark Knight Rises

Given the global coronavirus pandemic, I am posting an additional hypothetical scenario from the NO-MIND FITNESS Self-Mastery Guide. (Here are other hypothetical scenarios.) This scenario comes from the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. You can watch the relevant scenes here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Overall, these scenes superbly portray mental toughness. Rise.


You are Batman (Bruce Wayne) in the film The Dark Knight Rises. You confront and fight Bane. (‘Bane’ literally means something that causes death, destruction, or ruin.) He ends up kicking your ass, crushing you, and breaking your lower back.

He leaves you in an underground prison (Hell on Earth) somewhere in Asia. He leaves you in a prison cell with a television playing the news, so that you can watch the fall of Gotham City. Having already broken your back, he now wants to break your spirit and then have you rot and die.

You essentially have two options.

Option 1: Quit. Feel sorry for yourself. Fold under pressure and emotional duress. Surrender to the circumstances. Lie helplessly in bed with a broken lower back and watch Gotham City fall.

Option 2: Rise. Fight. Refuse to surrender.

Let the prison doctor fix your lower back. In your prison cell, rehabilitate yourself by doing progressively harder bodyweight workouts: push-ups, pull-ups, air squats, burpees, sit-ups, back extensions, etc.

Once you have rehabilitated yourself, climb out of the underground prison to the land above. Ascend the cylindrical wall. If you fall several times, so be it. Get right back up and plan your next attempt. Eventually, you will succeed.

Once you have escaped from the prison, return to Gotham City and defend it. Stop and terminate Bane.

If you choose the second option, if you choose to fight and never surrender, then you are acting from a place of inner strength: mental toughness and an elite positive attitude.

Your attitude is your ultimate weapon.

With an elite positive attitude, you will not fail but succeed. You will not die or merely survive, but thrive.

“In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.” -- Navy SEAL Creed

“I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity… If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.” -- Navy SEAL Creed

Last revised 5/17/2020

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