The warrior spirit is not alive in 99% of people today. Most people are far more content with sleeping in, sitting around on the couch, and getting fat than they are with the life of their dreams. This is unacceptable.
One group of men that will never fail to impress is the Navy SEALs, and if you have done any reading about them or watched some of the movies over the past years about them and their trials, you will know there is no person tougher on Earth. I am currently reading Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, and the shit these guys go through is unfathomable to the pussified society we live in.
I entitled this post “Live like a SEAL” because there is no better definition of discipline, no better path to follow as a person vying for success and a better life, and no better way to live than with mental and physical fortitude.
How can you join these mentally strong warriors in your everyday pursuits?
“Through discipline comes freedom” – Aristotle
One thing that I believe that many people nowadays struggle with is discipline. There is an infatuation with the immediate, an inability to see into the future and work towards the goals of tomorrow; it’s part of our culture now and with technology always advancing, it shows no sign of stopping.
When things become so easily accessible to us, we forget the struggle that in times past it would’ve taken to get them.
If you are starting a business, results do not come instantly, and you will likely not know if you are doing the right things until days, months, or even years down the road.
We think that dating is as simple as swiping right or left on a gay app.
Have some discipline, and with it comes consistency, purpose, and success.
Have a Purpose
One thing that is intensely lacking in society today is purpose. If your purpose is your job that you hate, get a new purpose. If your purpose is your family, you might be on the right track.
Luttrell describes the purpose of a SEAL as defending his country, but also to never leave a man behind; to fight til the bitter end with his brothers-in-arms. It takes a special kind of person to have a purpose, you will be in the vast minority once you find yours.
“I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.” – Navy SEAL Creed
Find a purpose like the one above. Mine is to help other people live better lives and in the process, find the strongest and best person within myself. What is yours?
Put Yourself Through Pain
The SEALs have a 40% rule: once your body believes it cannot take any more, you are at 40% of its capacity; keep going. If you have any idea about BUD/s and the accompanying “Hell Week”, there is no harder challenge on Earth for the human body. 4 hours of sleep over a week (otherwise people would drop dead), intense pain, cold, and physically challenging exercises. But your body is not the thing that quits first; it is the mind. The body can go through this tremendous stress and only come out stronger on the other side, the weak link is the mind.
Seek out challenge wherever it may lay. You may bend, but you will never break if you have the mindset necessary to get through anything life throws your way. Living is not done through comfort. You are not forged through complacency. If you want to find your true self, all you are capable of, put yourself through the pain. Pain isn’t to be avoided, it is to be embraced.