Going through BUD/S twice and spending 10 1/2 months there I saw hundreds of guys quit.
It is not fun to see. Once proud men hanging their head and shoulders low and their dreams vanishing. Poof.
Visions of becoming a Champion but to only be denied.
Fast forward to present day as a coach at Kokoro or at our local CrossFit Grinder I see the same.
The triumphs and personal breakthroughs definitely make up for the down.
Here are a few reasons that we see athletes quit and a few solutions of how you can avoid these pitfalls and keep moving the chains forward.
Tip #1 – Lack of Self Belief.
This is probably the biggest. If you don’t believe in your self and see yourself winning then your sinking in quicksand. When I was a young boy living in north Florida – I saw myself graduating BUD/S. I could feel the cool breeze on my face and sun on my right shoulder. I defied all odds and made it despite asthma and no athletic background. I believed in myself.
Tip #2 – Lack of Preparation.
Whether your going out for the local mud run or heading to Kokoro or going for BUD/S. You have to prepare your self at some level. Get off the couch and walk down the street and find athletes better than yourself. Find athletes that have been there and will share tips that will help push you forward. Winners hang around with winners. Losers hang around with …. well.. you get it.
Tip #3 – Have a Big Why
This was probably my biggest saviour going through BUD/S. My why was out of control monstrous big. It was tattooed to the inside of my skull. I tormented myself day and night to push myself to not quit. I awoke in the night with in a cold sweat – my Why was way too Big.
What is YOUR why? Today I see athletes quit in Kokoro and it boils down to they did not have a big enough why. You have to bury your excuses and set aside your distractions and decide first what will be your goal and what is your “WHY”. Write down your why and put it in your wallet and on the mirror where you wake up every morning and your whole life will begin to change.
Tip#4 – Negative Thoughts overwhelm
Don’t listen to the negative thoughts that both your mind produces (monkey mind) and those of the wrong people around you. People laughed in my face when I said I wanted to do Navy SEAL training. Here I was a 150 lb nobody with no athletic background or skills. I had never been a part of a team. Never a leader. I never listened to them – it only made me want to succeed more. The same goes for your mind. When put in a chaotic situation – your mind goes into preservation mode in that it wants to save your body. You have to control your mind through deep breathing, affirmations, remembering your why and moving one foot in front of the other.
Tip #5 – The Road Looks too Long
The pain is unbearable and your mind flashes to the idea that your only half way through. How can you possible withstand the onslaught? Here is where you have to take a few breathes and mentally rally. Break everything down into bite size chunks. The next footstep forward. Getting through the next obstacle or around the bend. Catch the athlete in front of you. Make it to the next meal. Sometimes when you think your at the bottom – you may only be a few minutes away from seeing a ray of sunlight or a downhill coasting run. Get rid of the negative of looking at the long road and break it up into smaller sections.
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About the Author:
Brad McLeod knows first hand about mental toughness after being kicked out of a top tier Spec Ops training unit. He failed out of BUD/S the first time after failing a math test (made it through Hell Week and Dive Pool Comp). He came back a year later and graduated and served as an operator on the Navy SEAL Teams.
Today he is one of the most sought after mental conditioning coaches in the world today having recently returned from Ireland, Southern California, Pennsylvania and parts unknown in north Florida. SEALgrinderPT audios and Ebooks have been downloaded in 20 different countries around the globe.
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