U.S. Navy SEAL teams go through what is considered to be some of the toughest military training in the world. It is widely known that becoming a SEAL takes a physical and mental strength that relatively few people find they possess. Leveraging his experiences and gaining an understanding of how he was able to physically and mentally succeed, former U.S. Navy SEAL, Josh Bridges, has five secrets to overcome any obstacle.
Change your relationship with pain. When it starts to hurt, push back into the pain. Don’t step back from it, push into it! You will be surprised how much more you can push when it hurts. When we learn to deal with pain, our lives actually become easier and we increase our ability to reach our full potential.
Small goals equal big goals. Don’t look at how much farther you have to go. Be present in whatever you are doing in the moment. For example, when lifting weights, concentrate on those reps. Get one more rep...then concentrate on getting the next rep. When running or rowing, concentrate on reaching that next 100 meters, then the next 100 meters. When we experience even small amounts of success, we stay motivated longer and are able to push ourselves further.
Your body can handle so much more than the mind thinks it can. When your mind tells you that you’ve reached your limit, you are actually only at 40%. You can run further and push harder. Developing mental and physical toughness is about learning to access your reserves when you think you’ve reached your limit.
Don’t be scared to take risks. Even the decision to do nothing has a risk factor to it, so instead of focussing on what could go wrong, we need to consider the opportunities we might miss if we don’t take risks. When we get out of our comfort zone is when we see progress.
It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.Redefining your definition of fun gets you outside of your comfort zone which is ultimately more rewarding than staying stagnant. Simply stated...doing things that are hard make us better and changes our attitudes about fun. We may struggle with something new, but we tend to have fun doing things once we put in the time to become good at them.