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Becoming Mentally Strong: How to Think Like a Navy SEAL

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2. Second-Guess Yourself!

The Internet is littered with articles encouraging you to stop second-guessing yourself. These articles want you to believe that your first impulse is often your best self. Doubtful. Going with your first impulse (or with your gut) doesn’t make you courageous. More likely it means you are impetuous and naive. Navy SEALs and elite thinkers everywhere are taught to second guess themselves. The best answers often take time to determine.  

According to Guild: “who you are is your second or even third thought.”

4. Control Your Emotions Physically!

We all understand that the mind controls the body, but so few of us understand that the body also controls the mind. Science is proving that simply tightening our muscles helps strengthen our willpower. There are many ways that your body language will affect your emotions instead of the other way around. Simply clenching your fist can help you deal with stress and improve your self-esteem.

Haven’t you ever wondered why military warriors and corporate titans are obsessed with perfect posture and strong body language? Guild suggests you ask a friend to study your posture when you are happy and then practice using that posture. Mental strength requires harmony between body, mind, and spirit.

5. Break Big Goals into Small Targets!

It is so easy to become overwhelmed with life that many of us simply retreat into a dark corner and surrender to the forces of apathy. This is a losing strategy. Life can be difficult and obstacles standing in your way may seem insurmountable, but if you take time to plan your approach, things become much more manageable. Breaking big goals down into small, manageable tasks allows you to work toward your big goals in an empowering instead of an intimidating way. Even if you aren’t sure how to accomplish your big goals, it is still important to keep moving forward. 

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

If you haven’t yet identified any big goals you are trying to work toward, I often advise people to make sure they accomplish one significant thing every day. It could be something as big as doing your taxes or as small as taking a relaxing walk in the park. The point is that every day should be at least somewhat productive. If you find yourself getting ready for bed and still feel as though you haven’t accomplished much that day, it may be time to drop to the floor and bang out a couple of sets of situps and pushups. Anything to keep your momentum going as you head off to dreamland.

6. Have Faith in Yourself!

If often shocks me how easily people undermine their own dreams by allowing self-doubt to enter their personal space. It doesn’t matter where that self-doubt comes from. It can come from the people you surround yourself with, the movies and television shows you watch, or it can even grow from within, origins unknown. Once self-doubt enters your world, it quietly infects your subconscious mind and slowly chips away at your confidence, eroding any ability you once had to compete.

According to Guild, faith in oneself is the most important part of the mental strength formula. Guild reinforces this idea to his Navy SEALs by reminding them that “you are a lot stronger physically and mentally than you think you are.” You don’t ever want to look back at your life and wonder what you could have done if only you had more confidence. You must be proactive and immediately remove any haters or negative influences from your life. You were born to be great in your own way. Every mentally strong person understands this.

Will Smith sums it up better than I can…

The challenge with the information economy and the sharing economy leg humping each other is that we are reading so much shit other people are posting that we've no time left to actually go do it...

If you want to do this shit, stop reading Mens Journal and email Mark Divine... he'll get your ass in a pucker in a hurry.

And he'll take a couple grand off you for the simple pleasure of it.

Or you could just join the military. They put you through the process too.

Not really.  Very few enough get selected to get rejected by trying to succeed in these elite military programs... so I bet even the majority of us not already too old to enlist couldn't get in after enlisting, by design.

Plus, if you don't make it through the program (and they'll take you at any age) you just go home and have a drink.  In the service, you're phucked for another several years doing something even worse than you hoped for...  Yikes!

Kinda makes it worth a couple grand for the instant suffering and synthetic epiphanies in my book.  I mean if you're into that sorta thing...

Good points. So is it the instant suffering that leads to synthetic epiphanies?

Yeah, pretty much.  And I'd wager synthetic suffering probably leads to instant epiphanies too... 

And we don't have to pay a lot for synthetic suffering. We can create that free at home!

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