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A Navy SEAL admiral explains how he learned to never give up



Admiral William McRaven, author of “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World,” explains what he learned during Navy SEAL training that helped him never give up and quit. He went on to serve as a SEAL for 37 years.

William Harry McRaven (born November 6, 1955) is a retired United States Navy admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from August 8, 2011, to August 28, 2014.

Admiral McRaven is credited for organizing and overseeing the execution of Operation Neptune Spear, the special ops raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. CIA Director Leon Panetta delegated the raid to McRaven who has worked almost exclusively on counter-terrorism operations and strategy since 2001.


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A Navy SEAL’s 5 Tips To Boost Mental Toughness and Build Bulletproof Mind



The Navy Seals, for those who have never heard of them, are the U.S. Navy’s principal special operations force. Their job is physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding. Most of the people who try out for the Seals don’t make it. What separates the successful candidates from those who are sent home is mental toughness.

Those who succeed in life are mentally tough. SEALs are some of the toughest human beings on the planet. And they have something to teach us.

One of former Navy SEALs, who spent 20-years as a Navy SEAL, 30 years of martial arts training and more than 15 years of yoga practice and teaching to warriors. If there is anything he may teach you, it’s how important your mental strength is, over any physical ability you may possess. The mantra of mind over body is true — you can do anything if you set your mind to it. As it turns out, mental toughness isn’t just important for success if you’re interested in becoming a Navy Seal. Instead, it’s important for everyone. Whatever goal it is that you want to achieve, it will take mental toughness to do all things necessary. Here are a few tips to help you build mental toughness, the body strength comes later:

1. 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 center yourself and then spend some time candidly reflecting on who you are and where you are in your life. Do this every day and build it into a reliable habit, like brushing your teeth.

2. Bounce back quickly from the unexpected

Several Navy Seals have written books about their training and how they learned to be mentally tough so that they could survive the life threatening situations that they’re thrown into on a regular basis. A while back I was perusing one of these books and I came across several useful nuggets. One of the things the book stated was that a vital component of mental toughness is bouncing back quickly from the unexpected.

When Navy Seals are preparing to go on a mission, they’re briefed on the situation that they’ll be going into. That is, they’re told what they’ll be facing and what to expect. For example, if they have to rescue someone from a ship they’ll be given information such as the following:

  • They’ll be given the ship’s layout;
  • They’ll be told how many people are on board:
  • They’ll be briefed on the weapons those on board might be carrying;
  • They’ll be shown how to move around the ship without being detected;
  • They’ll be told where their target is located: and so on.

However, almost 100% of the time, things won’t go as planned. For example, once aboard the ship the Navy Seals may come across a wall where there isn’t supposed to be one. What does a Navy Seal do at this point? Well, they certainly don’t do the following:

Stop to analyze who’s to blame for not knowing that there was going to be a wall there. Stop to complain: “Oh, that’s typical. They miss a wall!” or “How are we supposed to get this done now?” Give up and go back. If the Navy Seals were to do any of these things, they would almost certainly be killed. Therefore, what they do instead is to automatically include the wall in their calculations. More specifically, they do the following:

  • Immediately acknowledge and accept that there’s a wall there.
  • Adapt with composure.
  • Keep going.

If you want to be mentally tough, you have to learn how to bounce back quickly from the unexpected. Trick your mind into overriding it’s tendency to argue with what’s happening by telling yourself the following: “Acknowledge; Accept; Adapt; Act.”

3. Figure out your purpose

My investigation into integrated training and optimal performance propelled journeys into CrossFit, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Pranayama, remote viewing, visualization, mindfulness meditation, Apache Sacred Silence, Tibetan mantras, Ninjutsu, and San Soo / SCARS. All of these practices had a large impact on my worldview, the way my mind works, and my performance benefited because of it all. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine if you’re on the right or wrong path:

  • What have you been conditioned to think you’re supposed to do with your life?
  • What do you think you are really supposed to do with your life?
  • What do you feel you are really supposed to do with your life?
  • Is there a tiny voice of doubt deep within you suggesting you are on the wrong track?
  • Is that same voice nudging you forward with the sensation that you are on the right track?
  • What ONE thing do you think you are here for? What ONE thing would you focus on if you had nothing holding you back?
  • What would you do differently if you knew you had one year to live?

So what do you do with the insights that follow? For me, it was a powerful self-realization that motivated me to leave a career path that was eating me alive. Asking myself these questions provided guidance and enabled my pursuit of what was my true dream: To become a Navy SEAL.

4. 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.

5. Support your new purpose with a healthy lifestyle and the support of others

For many, if you’re life is on the wrong path, you don’t have the energy to make a fitness program part of your daily life, or to fuel yourself with a healthy, energizing diet. A consequence of poor self-awareness is that a life rut will claim your spiritual, mental and physical health.

A platform of self-awareness that leads to a renewed purpose in life will ultimately require you to take care of your body in a complimentary way. The good news? You’ll be so fired up about being on your true path that energy will no longer be a problem. The key is to harness this energy and commit to a fitness lifestyle (both exercise and nutrition!).

If this is a problem area for you, don’t do it alone. Perhaps the most important attribution to the Navy SEALS is the prominence of the word “team.” Find a group of like-minded others to who will support you. This is how you not only get on the path, but stay on the path.

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Ex-SAS operator reveals how you can fight back against knife-wielding terrorists



A FORMER SAS officer has revealed his top tips for surviving an attack by knife wielding terrorists – including arming yourself with a pint. Ex-soldier John Geddes learned the best techniques to thwart a dangerous situation during his 14-year career in the elite special forces unit.

The father-of-three gave his advice after the London Bridge terror attack that saw three men go on a rampage stabbing revellers at bars and restaurants in Borough Market. And even though one pub-goer won praise for not wanting to let go of his pint as he ran for cover during the attack, John explained that the man may actually have been protecting himself.

He explained: “A pint pot – we all know the damage some idiot in the pub can do with that. That’s what people have to do collectively to defeat these perpetrators. Cold drinks are good too. Just throw them in his face, especially if they come in a good volume like a beer. Liquid – of any sort – in the face is a big impediment to action.”

The 60-year-old also added that the best tactic is to team up with others and overpower the attacker as a group. He said a briefcase to the head of a jihadi could prove a good move while a pub garden umbrella could be used as a lance, a stool as a weapon – and a coffee in the face could give you time to violently attack.

John had a 14 year career in the elite special forces unit where he learned how to thwart dangerous situations (Photo: Facebook)

He said: “You have to become momentarily medieval and fight in a group. You have to pick up whatever is around and throw it. You can only run so far and so fast – and for some people that isn’t an option, so you have to fight. What you should do depends on how the situation presents itself but for the normal person taking on a knife with your bare hands they’ve got no chance. If you are in a restaurant you’ve got knives, forks, chairs and bottles. Throw them at the attackers and overpower them. They bleed the same as you – they are only human. Pick up a table with others and throw it at them and follow it up with whatever you club you can find. For a moment you have to become a group of football hooligans. The very worst thing you can do is hide on the floor in the proximity of the attacker. If that’s what you do then you are going to be stabbed and shot.

Former paratrooper John has also co-written Be A Hero: The Essential Guide to Active Shooter Incidents which is out in August and has a chapter on how to survive knife attacks. He added: “I heard one example of a man in the London attack talking about how he took them on with bottles and chairs and glasses. I suspect with the number of attackers and the number of people who were attacked, it will have happened more than once. People must have fought back.

But he advises approaching the terrorist from directly behind and warns you shouldn’t wrap a jacket round your arm for protection because it puts you in a “negative, defensive position”. From his chapter on knife attacks, he wrote: “When danger threatens, don’t forget a bag is there on your shoulder ready to be deployed. Use it to keep a knifeman at bay, or if you come from his ‘six’ or flank, smash him on the head with it. Move side to side as you counter the blows aimed at you. Avoid moving backwards because, sooner or later, you are going to fall over something allowing the attacker to come above you and attack.

John, who is a married grandfather-of-five was in the parachute regiment for ten years and then the SAS until he left as a warrant officer in 1998. He now works in private security training.

Ex-SAS man’s tips on how to fight off a knife-wielding terrorist

  • Use a pint to defend yourself as both the beer and and the glass can be thrown in an attackers’ face
  • In a pub beer garden, grab an umbrella and use it like a lance while tables and chairs can be used as weapons
  • If drinking a coffee, throw the hot liquid into an attacker’s face or if using knives and forks also use them as tools
  • If approaching a terrorist – come from behind them and never move backwards as you will eventually fall
  • Bags and briefcases can be used to fend off people and they should be thrown at an attackers’ head
  • Join forces with other people use a medieval pack mentality to overpower them
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