I recently had an epiphany.

To really get ready for the Warrior Dash, I’d need to seek the wisdom of an actual warrior. And not just any warrior. Not even a good warrior or just a really great warrior.

I needed the Ultimate Warrior.

(In case you don’t follow professional wrestling, the Ultimate Warrior was one of the most dominant wrestlers of the late 1980s and early 1990s. If you’d like to see him in action, scroll to the bottom of this post and watch the video of his appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show. It’s epic.)

Lucky for me, finding him was much easier than I initially feared. Especially because the Internet is full of rumors about his supposed death. On his web site, he runs a blog called Warrior’s Machete where he sounds off on current events, politics, fitness, and the rumors that he isn’t actually alive. Earlier this week, I commented on his post about some new pieces of art work that he was putting up for auction.

Unfortunately, I haven’t heard back yet from Warrior (by the way, that’s his legal name). And I’m fine with that. He is, after all, the Ultimate Warrior. If I was the Ultimate at anything, I probably wouldn’t have time to respond to everyone either. Plus, thanks to Warrior’s blog, there’s already an abundance of Warrior wisdom out there.

While I wish I was bringing you an official Q&A with the Ultimate Warrior today, here’s a few of my favorite lines from his blog, instead.

•The GodDamned cowards you need to KILL are the pests inside your mind talking you out of getting out there and conquering the life that is yours for the taking. To make it happen you have to kill the GodDamned bastards off. Swat them down. Smash them into squishy unrecognizable goo. Visualize blowing them to smithereens in such a violent manner that you can feel the disintegrated ooze running down the inner walls of your skull. Render them unidentifiable! – From Kill Off The Goddamned Coward Within.

• Like most of the modern day theories intended to stifle action but stimulate a lot of yakkitty-yak,  overtraining is one of those state-of-the-art suppositions that keep people from doing the THREE tried-and-true things they actually most need to do to build up their physiques or their physical strength: Train. Train Hard. And TRAIN HARDER. – From Overtraining is Bullshit.

• Set yourself up on a reading program to read at least two books per week. Find an hour or two to read everyday. You have the time — you just aren’t making it. Create this habit and it will change your life. If you have to get up an hour or two earlier than you normally to do your reading, do so. Increasing your knowledge and bettering your life takes discipline. – From Let Books Invade Your Mind.

• Exercise your body with intensity for at least an hour and a half a day, everyday. Go to a gym and kick your own ass. Or create a full body program at home and kick your ass there. Jumpstart the performance enhancements and stress relievers your body holds and doses out naturally. Physical activity is the quickest and most effective way to kill worry, doubt and fear. The mortality rate is 100%. Everything about you and the quality of your life gets better with exercise. – From Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re right.

• Listen to me. If you believe the only way you can ever go after your dreams is somehow escape the life you have now, that you created by your own damn choices, you are only setting yourself up for deeper resentment and regret. If you believe the only way to get the job done will be when there is no more day-to-day shit to shovel in your life, then you will be shoveling shit till the day you die. – From A Man Does it ALL.