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
Many people make up reasons for giving up on their dreams. In this video I talk about how I used my kids as an excuse to QUIT SEAL training my first time there.
Parent or not, this video will have you rethink your commitment to your dreams.
** Warning ** This video may cause you to take action.Read More
We all become whatever we become for what ever reason we become it. For me, I wanted to be a Medic because I would always be able to care for my family in an emergency. From there I went on to become a Navy SEAL so that I could defend, protect and care for my family. I always related everything back to what it would mean to my family.
Then the training begins. Then you get deployed and your purpose grows proportionately with your power. Sacrifice and the greater good push you to get better and better. Your original intent – Be a badass for my family is fulfilled by way of byproduct created by your profession. It all works until you leave. Then the countless hours of training don’t seem to have the importance anymore.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