What makes a good sniper? If you listen to the answer in this interview you'll quickly see how this applies to anyone who is after breaking through performance barriers.Read More
Women, if they’re driven and strong enough mentally and physically, can do this job. Same goes for men. We can’t lower our standards for political correctness or for potentially new sexual dynamics.
As war becomes less conventional and more dependent upon the more subtle skills of intelligence, surveillance, and surgical strikes, women will fill that space as would any other SEAL—with strength, with honor, and with grace. That is, if they don’t...
Many of us spend a bulk of our time on this planet stranded atop the plateaus of life. Despite our busy schedules and exhaustive efforts to accomplish something beyond the ordinary, we make very little progress.
It’s common to chalk this all up to a...Read More
I dedicated an entire chapter of my book, Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons, to this very topic, because it is the person who is committed to the results—rather than the methods—that holds the power in any situation. And to be committed to results takes practice and recognition that you don’t necessarily know everything, even in fields for which you have studied or earned a degree.
To this day, I’ve no doubt that that sniper student still thinks that there was something wrong with his gun and that all of that philosophical talk about body position and mental management was a bunch of B.S.Read More
I was slouched over a stack of pancakes in the BUD/S chow hall, quietly experiencing the thousands of microabrasions that come with 48 hours of being wet and sandy. It was Tuesday night of Hell Week, and it was the first time the pain of it all had really settled in. It was the burning that was getting to me, as if the tiny nerve endings in my skin had started an orchestra to which my internal organs had decided to...Read More
In my last paper, How a T-Shirt Got Me Through Hell Week: Part 1, I discussed how visualization—or what I call “Paradise from the Pain”—can help us get through challenging or difficult times by allowing us to live in the moment that comes after the pain or discomfort.
But how do we do that? How can train our brains to focus on what’s up ahead and not on what we’re experiencing now?
We can train—or trick—our brains to feed off these burst of dopamine when we envision ourselves reaping the rewards of our hard work or training. Don’t like paying your bills? Visualize yourself...Read More
So unfortunately it’s not as easy as getting three wishes, but you can see how the “magic” can happen. It’s going to take some work so you better choose your “wish” wisely.
Find something you know you can’t do or are bad at and go get at least average at it. Go out and fall 1000 times. The magic will happen!Read More
It had to be at least the 250th time in the kill house when my buddy next to me took out a target and simultaneously sent a burning piece of the bullet's brass down my neck. The hot brass got pressed in-between my skin and the pressure of my body armor. When you’re in a kill house there are guns, people and live bullets flying all over the place so intense focus is the only option.Read More
If you’re here in America then it’s your patriotic duty to succeed. People died to give you all of this opportunity, to get you this far out in front and it's your duty to take the "ball of freedom and opportunity" and run with it.
We’re too far away from the hard fought battles of survival and freedom to fully appreciate, and sufficiently protect, what’s been handed over to us by those who created this nation.
That formula for the American dream has worked so well for so long that many of us have stopped using it. We’re all looking for the “Secret Sauce”, the shortcuts and the workarounds. Guess what? There aren’t any, let that bullshit go, get your ass back on track and start running.
Amazing stories resonate so well with us not just because of the story, but they give us a glimpse of what a human being is capable of and for a moment we understand that we are capable of the same.
For me, I believe these men are heroes because they show us all what’s really inside of us. Greatness! We just need to choose it.Read More
In today’s highly competitive and dynamic world, things move fast. So fast that the information, knowledge, and capacities that were relevant at the beginning of a project can become obsolete even before the project is complete. For this reason, to reach a meaningful objective, your plans must account for trial and error, and allow for the acquisition of new skills and capacities along the way. The process is not very predictable and is seldom straightforward. It requires high levels of confidence, self-esteem, and patience.Read More
As we travel into adulthood, we’ll often find ourselves in a place where we’re not able to adequately care for all of our concerns or produce enough of an income to live a good life and lead others to do the same. Our cultural reaction to this is to either work harder, or anesthetize ourselves with distractive technology such as T.V, social media, or email.
These tactics don't work. To improve life we must improve our knowledge. To do that we must first address what blocks our ability to learn.Read More
This is the formula for becoming an expert at becoming an expert. It's something I've developed over years of training others.
I first noticed it as a Sniper instructor where I began to laminate cards with elements of this formula on it so that my students could reference it during the tough times on a stalk field.Read More
Whether you want to lose weight, make more money or eliminate a target 1,000 yards away the fundamentals for performance, and the formula, are all the same.
In part 1 of this series we’re going to cover how a good ass kicking saved my... well ass, why wanting to be a superhero can let us down, and how this all came together. All of this to journey us to real leadership, love and nothing less than the formula of life.Read More