Archive for the ‘Mental Training’ Category

4 STEPS TO NAVY SEAL SUCCESS   Leave a comment

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Navy SEAL Larry Fowler recently authored an article at navyseal.com listing four steps to being successful in life, based upon his experience as a successful graduate of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. The brief list is:

1. Have a plan. Be prepared.
2. Never panic, and never quit.
3. Accept “the only easy day was yesterday” attitude.
4. Be fiercely loyal — no excuses.

Fowler explains each of these steps and provides examples in the article. You can read the full article HERE.

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MENTAL TOUGHNESS: HISTORY, ELEMENTS & DIMENSIONS   Leave a comment

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Scott Barry Kaufman authored an outstanding article on the topic of mental toughness for Scientific American. In the article, Kaufman examines the history of “mental toughness” in athletics as a field of inquiry. He also summarizes Graham Jones’ research findins that mental toughness has the following elements (ranked in order of importance):

1.Unshakeable self-belief in your ability to achieve competition goals.
2.Ability to bounce back from performance set-backs as a result of an increased determination to succeed.
3.Unshakeable self-belief that you possess unique qualities and abilities that make you better than your opponents.
4.Insatiable desire and internalized motives to succeed.
5.Remaining fully focused on the task at hand in the face of competition-specific distractions.
6.Regaining psychological control following unexpected, uncontrollable events.
7.Pushing back the boundaries of physical and emotional pain, while still maintaining technique and effort under distress during training and competition.
8.Accepting that competition anxiety is inevitable and knowing that you can cope with it.
9.Not being adversely affected by other’s good and bad performances.
10.Thriving on the pressure of competition.
11.Remaining fully focused in the face of personal life distractions.
12.Switching sport focus on and off as required

Kaufman also reviews research that suggests mental toughness has four dimensions:
1.Hope: The unshakeable self-belief in one’s ability to achieve competition goals.
2.Optimism: A general expectancy that good things will happen.
3.Perseverance: Consistency in achieving one’s goals and not giving up easily when facing adversity of difficulties.
4.Resilience: The ability to adapt to challenges in the environment.

This article is well worth your time to read! Check it out! Read the full article HERE.

THOUGHTS AFFECT PERSONAL CAPABILITY   Leave a comment

slide-brainresearch-photo“Our cognitive and physical abilities are in general limited, but our conceptions of the nature and extent of those limits may need revising. In many cases, thinking that we are limited is itself a limiting factor. There is accumulating evidence that suggests that our thoughts are often capable of extending our cognitive and physical limits.” A recent article in Scientific American explores recent research on the direct relationship between thought and human performance, suggesting that too often our thoughts limit our capabilities. In addition, it is also possible for thought to tap into deeper capability and improved performance. Read the full article HERE.

KIRK PARSLEY (NAVY SEAL): SLEEP FOR TRAINING & PERFORMANCE   Leave a comment

Kirk Parsley (Navy SEAL) published an informative video onthe importance of sleep for training and performance. He also providestips for improving sleep. Personally when I need guaranteed high quality sleep, it’s a slumber mask and earplugs that get the job done. Self-check your own sleep patterns and how they may be impacting your training and performance. Check it out!

MARK DIVINE (NAVY SEAL): 5 ATTRIBUTES OF UNCOMMON RESOLVE   Leave a comment

MarkDivine_b52301cbIn a two-part series of blog articles, Mark Divine (Navy SEAL) identifies and explains five attributes of uncommon resolve. The five attributes are:

1. Desire: you must desire the outcome as if your hair was on fire.
2. Belief: you must believe in your purpose, your mission, and yourself.
3. Attitude: you must have a positive attitude, drive and be able to mobilize a team with it.
4. Discipline: you must be willing to give up unnecessary attachments and commitments, and put in the right amount of daily effort toward your goal.
5. Determination: you must have an unwavering commitment to finish the job, stay the course, and never, ever quit.

You can read the first article in the series HERE and the second article HERE.

SURVIVOR ATTITUDE   Leave a comment

odjegba-okene“His ability to keep calm kept him from burning through his limited oxygen supply. It was literally all about attitude. The gentlemen stated that he constantly recited a Psalm given to him by his wife to stay calm. Human beings have an incredible ability to control their mental and physical state when properly motivated. Singing songs and reciting memorized poems or bible verses can significantly alter our mindset in a very mechanical way. You can sort of ‘Fake it until you make it’ if you know what to do.” Read this amazing story of a Nigerian man who intentionally used his attitude to limit his oxygen consumption and survive three days in a sunken boat. You can read the full SOFREP article HERE. You can also watch video footage of the rescue in the following video:

KEYS TO CONFIDENCE   Leave a comment

450x299_q75Tom Delaney: “Confidence starts with attitude but really gets instilled in someone through the effects of repetitive practice. I also just read some research demonstrating that watching someone else be successful at a task can increase confidence as well. So…there you go…three elements …attitude…. observation… and practice. Self-check today on the following points…”

1. Do I approach life and its challenges with a basic attitude of confidence?
2. Do I intentionally seek out and take time to observe pothers successfully performing tasks I find challenging?
3. Do I purposefully make time to break down and practice the skills for tasks I find challenging?

David Rutherford (Navy SEAL) produced an excellent video on the topic of confidence. He delivers info, breaks it down and explains it in a way that enables you to put it into action in your life immediately. Rutherford breaks down development of self-confidence into 8 missions:

1. Have a positive attitude.
2. Physically train and be healthy.
3. Motivate yourself and others.
4 Earn respect.
5. Set goals.
6. Integrity – live righteously.
7. Find a mentor and mentor others.
8. Have fun.