SEALs are known to be an elite group of special operations force with an unbeatable mindset & I always wanted to learn more about the secrets and tactics that unlock so much of their potential.
Fortunately, I came across Mark Divine—a retired SEAL's book "The Way of the SEAL"; turned out to be an enjoyable and inspiring read, covering the psychology and mindset of how to think like an elite SEAL.
Here are some of my favourite ideas from the book that I'll be putting into practice.
Do Today What Others Won't
Find Your 20x Factor
We naturally shy from things that hurt, not understanding how much this pattern debilitates us and keeps us from experiencing life at its fullest.
Mark suggests to find your own 20x Factor - to achieve this, we should all strive for gnarly physical challenges once a year, less gnarly challenges and mighty nonphysical effort.
Examples of Gnarly Physical Challenges
- Hike the Appalachian Trial end to end - since the 1930s it's been accomplished about 15,000 times
- Participate in the SEALFIT Academy
Examples of Less Gnarly Physical Challenges
- Take up an extreme or endurance sport i.e. joining a Crossfit Gym, Regular Hot Yoga classes
- Running a local marathon
- or try a one-mile walking lunge (this one I'm attempting)
Examples of Mighty Nonphysical Efforts
- Volunteer for the Red Cross, Charity Water or Doctors without borders
- Sign up for a weekend doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable
- Disrupt regularly - You can continue through life upgrading the story you've been given or you can write a new story.
- Embrace the Suck - The secret is to acknowledge the pain and them immediately focus on something else, such as the positive benefits it brings.
- Inner Voice - What dog am I feeding (Fear Dog vs Courage Dog)
Though we all have ambitions and goals, not all of us have figured out the steps to getting us closer to those goals. The appendix Focus plans template are great for helping you think more clearly about your goals and how to put yourself in a great opportunity to succeed.
- The most important thing I will achieve this day/week
- Priority tasks I must complete
- Projects (to work on one step at a minimum each day)
- Contacts (people I want to connect with)
- Habit (What am I working on this week and how)
- The one thing (the most important thing I will achieve this quarter)
- Top 3 Targets
- Top 3 tasks for each target
- Top Contacts to make
- New habit to integrate
- Purpose/Vision for my life
- Vision for my business or Work Role
- Top 6 Values
- Top 3 Mission Goals for my life
- Top 3 Mission goals for next 3 years
- Top 3 targets for this year
- Must-dos for reaching my top 3 targets
- Top 20 contacts to make
- New habits to integrate
This was a quick read and it's filled with tons of exercises at the end of each chapter. I found myself skimming through most of the book as majority of the philosophy I'm already aware and doing. But nevertheless, the daily, quarterly and annual templates were very helpful and the 20x factor very inspirational ... HOOYAH!