A Navy seals 4 tips to boost mental toughness
1. Sum Up
Here’s what Olympic athletes and Navy SEALs both do to be the best and achieve mental toughness:
Talk Positively To Yourself: Remember the three P’s - tell yourself bad things aren’t permanent, pervasive or personal—but good things are.
Setting Goals: Know what you want to achieve. Write it down. Focus on progress.
Practice Visualization: Don’t fantasize about getting what you want but see you overcoming specific obstacles.
Use Simulations: Always make your practice as close to the real thing as possible.
2. Determine your path.
Developing skills like discipline, dedication and acquiring a capacity for high-performance first requires tuning in to your true self. A path with heart will be authentic to your true self. Not some muddled version of what others think is best for you, but the real you.
This was my situation years ago; my lack of clarity and self-awareness had me chasing goals imposed on me by others, like a life of corporate success on Wall Street. I felt like I was on the wrong path and the only way I got back on track was by becoming more self-aware. Start off with the questions listed above and see where they lead you.
3. Focus on yourself first.
Self-awareness is a place to start building what I call your "unbeatable mind." Greater self-awareness will help us avoid making the same mistakes over and over, and allow us to get aligned for serious forward momentum.
When I was younger, I was a daydreamer. If you asked me to describe what my future looked like, I would have given you a blank stare. This is not uncommon.
A journal is a good place to establish self-awareness. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, find a quiet place where you can avoid disruptions. Do some deep breathing to centre yourself and then spend some time candidly reflecting on who you are and where you are in your life.
4. Talk Positively to Yourself
Your brain is always going. It’s estimated you say 300 to 1000 words to yourself per minute. Olympic athletes and SEALs agree: those words need to be positive.
SEALs use the same method—and they do it in a far more terrifying scenario. How terrifying?
You’re underwater with SCUBA gear. An instructor suddenly swims up behind you. He yanks the regulator out of your mouth. You can’t breathe. Then he ties your oxygen lines in a knot.
Your brain starts screaming, "YOU ARE GOING TO DIE." But you have to keep cool, stay underwater and follow procedure to get your gear back in working order so you can breathe again.
And this happens over and over—for 20 minutes. Welcome to the dreaded "pool comp" section of SEAL qualification.