I was listening to a great sermon by Pastor Mark Brewer Sunday morning and he was speaking about the 8 rules that the Navy Seals live by to get through not only buds but through combat training and battle.
#1 Happiness makes you successful and it makes you have purpose and meaning in all that you do. You notice that people with a purpose tend to be more successful then people who are just living life day to day with no real direction.
#2 Don’t Focus on the Struggle Focus on the End Result: Make your purpose stronger than any road block. When you are definitive about what it is you want and the vision is clear it is a lot more difficult to get off track. It also allows us to hinder from temptations or complacency when we have a strong focus.
3. Make it a game – Have fun with it if you are doing a workout with 5 rounds just get through round 1 then go to round 2 etc… then before you know it yiou are on round 5 and done with the workout. Come in with a positive fun mindset. If you are dreading your workout and have a bad attitude the workout is going to be less more enjoyable then the first choice.
4. Be Confident but Realistic – The Navy Seals have a slogan “A Cocky Man is a Deadman”. – Be humble but believe in yourself at the same time. I have a saying I use often in workouts and I repeat it over and over “I can, I will, I must”. It really helps me in times I start to lack confidence or question my ability.
5. Prepare Prepare Prepare – They say the Navy Seals spend 75% of their time working on their preparation and skill and 25% of the time they are actually deployed. When we are prepared we then feel more confident and comfortable to challenge ourselves and prove you can do things you didn’t believe possible because that is where the magic happens.
6. Give Help and Take Help – When you are helping others it is not only rewarding for you and makes you better, you are helping and inspiring in the process … It is easy to become a hermit when we are feeling stressed, down on ourselves, or depressed, but the best thing we can do is surround ourselves by the people who can help. Being around a positive encouraging environment will improve your mood and attitude as well.
7. Celebrate Small Wins – Don’t live a life of “I will be happy when” I lose 20 lbs, have more money, get in better shape etc… GET HAPPY NOW and you will enjoy the journey to your goals so much more and a piece of advice you are more likely to hit your goals as well!
8. Last But Certainly Not Least Smile – I say this in yoga a lot “Smiling Makes Everything Better”. Remember when you were a kid and you were in a bad mood and your siblings or parents would make you laugh; 5 minutes later you didn’t even know what you were mad about ….. When you smile you naturally feel better. At CPM rule #2 is “FUN is FIRST”! If you are not smiling and having a good time why do it?
Take these rules into consideration when choosing actions, thoughts, goal planning etc …. I am so fascinated by how powerful our minds our and how we can do some many wonderful things for us and others if we just use some simple tools to stay on track.