Let’s continue where we left off with David Goggins and his book “Can’t Hurt Me”. Today’s chapter was on Hell Week Navy Seal training. We have all heard the rumors and maybe some of you reading have actually been through or know someone who has succeeded Hell Week, what an honor.
David proves the theory of mind over matter numerous times during this chapter and his quotes are too awe-inspiring not to offer them to you below. As you have come to know my writing I am offering some of my own insight in Italics as some of these quotes speak to me.
Can’t Hurt Me Quotes from David Goggins:
Life is relentless, it just keeps coming at you… #Word
Leave the bitterness behind you or you will never be free. It’s a mindset. Control the things you can control! (Circle of concern and circle of control)
Everything is perfect for us to succeed…when? We have to be great in a situation that is not always perfect! If you wait for perfect you will never start.
Unexpected descends like chaos – My absolute favorite quote!!! My God, has this never been so true than in the last two years of my life. It was as if a bomb went off hearing the words that my mom had cancer; like a screech of the needle across the record. Time stopped.
Why am I here? Know why you are in the fight to stay in the fight. Remember all pain is temporary.
Own real estate in their minds and show them that the worst time in their life is your best time. Take their power, take their soul. This is deep, this is terrorizing if you don’t manage it right on both your soul and theirs.
You have to last one more second than the person beside you. It’s the person that can find the tactical advantage, when you are doing something that most people think is impossible, that is what it’s all about.
Don’t let the message get in your head; don’t believe the noise. Feel what you feel, don’t let their reality be your reality. Life is one big mind game and usually you are playing against yourself. The human mind always tries to find the easiest path. You must program it to do what you want it do.
Weakness is infectious but so is strength. As leaders, the more you think about yourself the harder hell is going to be. The sooner you think of everyone else you are not trapped in your own thoughts. A purpose bigger than yourself as a leaders helps you achieve more.
Challenge 4 – Taking Souls
Choose any competitive situation you are in right now. Who is your opponent; your teacher, coach or boss. Excellence can turn the tables to earn their respect. Work harder than you ever have before and exceed their expectations. Do everything exactly as they ask, and whatever standard they set as an ideal outcome, you should be aiming to surpass that. Take their negativity and use it to dominate their task with everything you’ve got.
This is about taking the power away “taking the soul” by doing beyond what they (your competitor or mentor) thought you could do by surpassing their maximum expectations. In life we always have people with a power dynamic that you have to deal with, it’s how you manage that relationship by being great that will overtake, overcome and overachieve.
Don’t let anybody get the advantage over you, change your mindset and find where you can get the advantage and then dominate that area.
When “taking souls” you have to do it with humility. Do it with the understanding that you are trying to be your best in a time when everyone else is tired. This overachiever mindset can make people look at you very differently. Know this going in.
CRAZY to believe that this is ONE chapter of this amazing book. Such an incredible insight. Quotable quotes that I will read again and again and again but more importantly will LIVE! In life we have to get behind something, we have to believe in something for it’s that something that has the power to become EVERYTHING or NOTHING. You decide the path, you decide the belief, YOU DECIDE how you take the words from such a journey as David Goggins and try to replicate it. I have always believed that you can do anything you set your mind to (almost) and he proves it time and time again through mountains of adversity. This is what it means to take your MESS and make it your MESSAGE. #Preach
Thank you Mr. Goggins as I love life as you see it; it’s a blessing to share your story. L.