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.

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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.

MARINE CORPS LEADERSHIP TRAITS VIDEO SERIES   Leave a comment

The Marine Corps published a series of explanatory videos covering the Marine Corps Leadership Traits. These are leadership traits that anyone can learn, adopt and put into practice to improve their character and engagement in a meaningful life. There are 14 videos in the series covering (click on the trait to access the associated video):

1. Justice
2. Judgment
3. Dependability
4. Integrity
5. Decisiveness
6. Tact
7. Initiative
8. Endurance
9. Bearing
10. Unselfishness
11. Courage
12. Knowledge
13. Loyalty
14. Enthusiasm

You can access the full video series HERE.

RANGER SCHOOL TEACHES RESILIENCE   Leave a comment

size0“Two of the things I learned [at Army Ranger School] is that you can always take another step … that’s more of a figurative idea for me than literal, but the concept still applies,” he said. “I can always push further than I am right now, regardless of how cold, wet, tired or hungry I am … more in this case, injured. The second takeaway I got from Ranger school was that most failure is between the ears, and that is to say, really the only thing that can stop me is me … from an internal perspective, that’s what has helped me keep the positive outlook and the forward momentum that I have at this point.” Learn something from the incredible story and indomitable spirit of CPT Edward “Flip” Klein. Read the full story HERE.