I’ve had a 20-year career as a Navy SEAL, thirty years of martial arts training and over fifteen years of yoga practice and teaching to warriors. If there’s something I can teach you, it’s how vital your mental strength is, over any physical ability you’ll possess. The mantra of mind over body is true — you can do anything if you set your mind to it. Here are some tips to assist you build mental toughness, the body strength comes later:
Focus on yourself first.
Self-awareness may be a place to begin building what I call your “unbeatable mind”. Greater self-awareness will facilitate us avoid making a similar mistakes over and over, and permit us to induce aligned for serious forward momentum.
When I was younger, I was a daydreamer. If you asked me to explain what my future looked like, i’d have given you a blank stare. this is not uncommon.
A journal may be a good place to determine self-awareness. Even if it’s just ten minutes daily, find a quiet place where you’ll avoid disruptions. Do some deep breathing to center yourself and then spend a while candidly reflecting on who you’re and where you’re in your life. Try this daily and build it into a reliable habit, like brushing your teeth.
Figure out your purpose.
My investigation into integrated training and best performance propelled journeys into CrossFit, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Pranayama, remote viewing, visualization, mindfulness meditation, Apache Sacred Silence, Tibetan mantras, Ninjutsu, and San Soo / SCARS.
All of those practices had an oversized impact on my worldview, the method my mind works, and my performance benefited because of it all. Here are some questions to ask yourself to assist determine if you’re on the correct or wrong path:
- What have you been conditioned to think you’re supposed to do with your life?
- What do you think you are really supposed to do with your life?
- What do you feel you are really supposed to do with your life?
- Is there a tiny voice of doubt deep within you suggesting you are on the wrong track?
- Is that same voice nudging you forward with the sensation that you are on the right track?
- What ONE thing do you think you are here for? What ONE thing would you focus on if you had nothing holding you back?
- What would you do differently if you knew you had one year to live?
So what do you do with the insights that follow? For me, it was a strong self-realization that motivated me to leave a career path that was eating me alive. Asking myself these questions provided guidance and enabled my pursuit of what was my true dream: To become a Navy SEAL.
Determine your path.
Developing skills like discipline, dedication and effort a capability for high-performance first requires calibration in to your true self. A path with heart will be authentic to your true self. Not some muddled version of what others suppose is best for you, but the real you.
This was my situation years past, my lack of clarity and self-awareness had me chasing goals imposed on me by others, like a life of company success on Wall Street. I felt like i was on the incorrect path and the only method I got back on track was by turning into more self aware. start off with the questions listed above and see where they lead you.
Support your new purpose with a healthy lifestyle and the support of others.
For many, if you’re life is on the incorrect path, you do not have the energy to make a fitness program a part of your lifestyle, or to fuel yourself with a healthy, energizing diet. A consequence of poor self-awareness is that a life rut will claim your spiritual, mental and physical health.
A platform of self-awareness that results in a renewed purpose in life will ultimately need you to take care of your body in a complimentary manner. The good news? You’ll be so fired up regarding being on your true path that energy will no longer be a problem. The secret is to harness this energy and commit to a fitness lifestyle,both exercise and nutrition!
If this can be a problem area for you, don’t do it alone. maybe the most vital attribution to the Navy SEALS is that the prominence of the word “team.” find a group of similar others to who can support you. this is how you not only get on the path, but stay on the path.