Mar 27
March 27, 2020

Mark’s Daily Brief: The Power of Perspective

Theme: Cultivate a powerful, growth-minded perspective. Tip: Begin an evening ritual practice to ask yourself the following questions to yourself: How can I grow stronger from adversity? In what ways can I add more value to my team, my family, and my clients today? Can I develop a more purposeful structure...

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Mar 26
March 26, 2020

Mark’s Daily Brief: Recognizing opportunities in threats

Theme: Recognize opportunities for growth amidst “threats”.  Tip: Create a daily practice of asking yourself, “What did I learn or what can I learn from the threats that I encountered today?” Training: (1) Morning Ritual (20 minutes of each: yoga, box-breathing, meditation), (2) 200 burpees, and (3) a WOD (“Workout of the Day”) —...

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Mar 25
March 25, 2020

Mark’s Daily Brief: The power of routines & box breathing

  Theme: Stick to your routine.  Tip: Create a circle day to prioritize your most important goals for the week.  Training: 200 burpees + SEALFit Operator’s Workout of the Day (OPWOD). Practice: Box-breathing with positive affirmations and visualization. In times of fear and uncertainty, we often push our routines aside...

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Mar 17
March 17, 2020

Challenge Your Stories

As an officer in the SEAL teams, I was naturally offered the structure, culture, and efficiency of leading an elite team. However, after leaving the active duty SEAL teams and venturing into the business world as an entrepreneur, I realized that building an elite team wasn’t anywhere near as simple...

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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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Dec 11
December 11, 2019

Grow or Stay Stuck, It’s Your Choice

Most people are stuck in a rut… and unaware of it. Sometimes, ignorance truly can be bliss. But more often it leads to suffering. For instance, many are stuck in a survival mode mindset, with every day a stressful mental obstacle course aimed at fighting others, and feeling victimized as...

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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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Nov 4
November 4, 2019

Your Five Mountains

Most people have a distorted view of their own development.  They pretend to be way more squared away than they actually are. Some are fit, but emotionally weak. Others are intellectually strong in an academic sense, but physically weak. Then others are accomplished, even wealthy, but lack connection to others...

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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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