Category Archives: Mental Training

Dec 23
December 23, 2019

Appreciation

When you appreciate what you have, you will have all that you need. The end of the year is a time to look back and appreciate what you have gained or learned. But this is easier said than done. Too often we get lost in the crush of shopping and...

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Dec 19
December 19, 2019

Best Advice Ever from a Mentor

There is one piece of advice that I received from a mentor that changed the course of my life, and is still valuable to this day when I consider big changes or long-term BHAG* projects. As I related in my book The Way of the SEAL, I was a 24-year-old...

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Nov 25
November 25, 2019

What’s the point of mental training?

What’s the point of mental training? When I started the path of Zen when I was 20, I thought if I meditated and trained on the dojo floor for a couple hours a day, I would find that elusive sense of enlightenment in just a few short years. Why not...

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Oct 22
October 22, 2019

Horizontal or Vertical leaps?

When I was going through SEAL training, I was constantly busy with a never-ending barrage of learning new skills. There were the performance skills of running, ocean swimming, underwater navigation, obstacle course, and endless strength and stamina exercises. Learning those undoubtedly made me more physically fit and competent as a...

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Oct 18
October 18, 2018

The Witness

Your witness is beyond your ego’s identification with the past or future. Maybe the word “consciousness” or “conscious awareness” would work as an alternative to “witness”, but I like witness, so let’s go with it. This is the aspect of your mind that knows without knowing how or why. It...

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Oct 15
October 15, 2018

Win in Your Mind

Sun Tsu, in The Art of War, says, “Victorious warriors win first in their mind, and then go to battle. All others go to battle first, and hope to win.” In order to win first in your mind, you will need to can the weak thinking. Thinking about your thinking...

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