David Goggins is the only person to have completed Navy SEAL training, Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. He’s finished two Navy SEAL Hell Weeks, run 100 miles in 19 hours, run 135 miles in just under 26 hours, done over 4,000 pull-ups in 24 hours (a Guinness World Record), and completed the Ironman World Championships in just over 11 hours. We could go on…
The point is, you could learn a thing or two from this SEAL, as did entrepreneur Jesse Itzler who actually wrote a book about all of his lessons called ‘Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet’.
We’ve assembled his 5 best nuggets of shiny gold advice to get you inspired for tomorrow morning’s boot camp session:
1. The 40 per cent rule – There’s merit in starting something, but, for most, starting is not the problem, it is persevering that brings you unstuck. Goggins believes that when your mind tells you that you’re done, you’re only really at 40 per cent of your capacity. This is what many marathon runners call a ‘wall’, merely a mental barrier or obstacle that hits you at some point during a race. “It’s not about pushing yourself until you die,” Goggins told Rich Roll in a new podcast. “It’s about not giving up when something is uncomfortable – that’s what the message is.”
2. Change your thought process – Goggins intimately understands how we hold ourselves back by telling ourselves we are incapable. He grew up in an abusive home where his father beat him up, was bullied at school, stuttered and was, at one stage, obese. The first time he ran, he made it only 400 metres. “I saw myself as the weakest man on the planet,” Goggins reveals, “and I wanted to change that. Instead of making it ‘woe is me’… I changed my thought process.”
3. Enjoy the pain – most of us spend our lives trying to avoid pain, whereas David seeks it out. He believes that you can’t possibly reach your true potential without truly pushing your limits. To get there will take some tough challenges and, yes inevitable pain. Enjoy it, embrace it even. The pain is a reminder of your hard work.
4. The harder the challenge, the more alive you’ll feel – Jesse Itzler recounts the most important lesson he took from SEAL – as he calls Giggins – was the level of appreciation he has for difficulty. The harder the training, the more courage it takes to do it and the more satisfaction you derive from it. “As he would say ‘coasting is for wimps’. It’s when you dig deep that you feel most alive,” says Itzler.
5. It’s not what you do, but how you do it – Everything Giggins does, he does with focus and conviction. It starts with simple things like always being on time and perfectly making the bed, and it extends to every aspect of his daily life. Itzler recalls “his form on all of his exercises had to be perfect. His attitude in life was ‘Do it 110 percent or don’t even both doing it’. He was never impressed with accomplishments – he was impressed with how you got there.”
Here are some more motivation tips, and if you’re a fan of Margot Robbie, you’ll want to check out how she got fit for her role in I, Tonya.
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