Can Navy SEAL habits put your prep and survival success on autopilot?
Learn exactly what these elite teams do to virtually guarantee their success.
What you’ll get below:
– 7 game-changing habits that supercharge your effort
– Video interviews with SEALs using these techniques
– Ways to apply their SEAL habits today!
7 Secret Habits of Navy SEALs
Brent Gleeson spent 5 years in the Navy SEALs, deployed in Iraq and Africa on SEAL Team 5. Today he shares 7 habits he learned from that experience — his “keys to success.”
Habit usually means something negative. An automatic behavior we do without really thinking about it, that we’d really like to stop.
But every habit, good or bad, is only that — a repeated action or thought.
And if you build habits that add to your success, like a daily prep, then this automatically repeated action drives you to success.
Success on autopilot!
Brent shares SEAL habits “he’s gotten right” that have helped him be a huge success. His article is focused on the corporate world, but can easily be adapted to your own, personal situation.
1. “Be loyal. Team loyalty in the corporate environment seems to be a dying philosophy. Loyalty to the team starts at the top. If it’s lacking at the senior executive level, how can anyone else in the organization embrace it? Loyalty is about leading by example, providing your team unconditional support, and never throwing a team member under the bus.”
Here’s a podcast with Jocko Willink and Echo Charles talking about how to get someone to be a loyal team player:
People are pack animals, and groups have a way of forming on their own. This one’s good to remember.
2. “Put others before yourself. Get up every day and ask yourself what you will do to add value to your team, such as simply offering your assistance with a project. The challenge is overcoming the fear that your team member might say: “Yes, I really need your help with this project… tonight.”
Here’s a video sharing Michael Monsoor’s story about how he put others before himself:
If everyone in your team takes this point to heart, your success will come much easier and faster.
3. “Be reflective. Reflective people often spend too much time analyzing their actions. But imagine if you could harness this talent into something highly valuable? Reflecting on your mistakes, such as mine in Iraq, ensures you never repeat them.”
Here’s a video with Jocko Willink talking about how leaders embrace mistakes:
And talking about these mistakes with the team helps, too. Not in a touchy-feely “support me” way. Instead, think of it as information sharing, or debriefing. This SEAL habit opens transparent communication — another cornerstone to team success.
Exposing mistakes to others is a tough pill to swallow sometimes, but if you remember it’s for the group’s success, you can help breed open group communication. This will rapidly advance your group’s skills.
4. “Be obsessively organized. Some of us innately have this ability, often to a fault, and some have to work at it a bit more. You have to find a process that works for you. I’ve known people who will put something on their to-do list after they did it and then cross it off to feel a greater sense of accomplishment! Whatever your system is, make it work for you.”
Organization can become a habit too.
By combining these 7 techniques and focusing them on organization, you can develop a process that works for you and becomes an automatic pattern — a habit for your success.
5. “Assume you don’t know enough. Because you don’t. Any effective team member understands that training is never complete. It’s true in the SEAL teams, and it’s true in any elite team. Those who assume they know everything should be eliminated. Those who spend time inside and outside of the workplace developing their knowledge and skills will provide the momentum for their team’s forward progress.”
Making sure that each team member is building a skill – on their own – is a great way to stay active, keep the mind focused, and grow the skills of your group.
Each team member will have their own strengths and weaknesses. Focusing on our strengths leads to the fastest, greatest gains.
And sharing these strengths with the group only makes for a tighter, more skillful team.
6. “Be detail-oriented. Attention to detail is one of our company’s values. Do we get it right all the time? Of course not. Imagine, though, if all members of a team are obsessed with detail in their delivery? My lack of attention to detail in the incident in Iraq could have had catastrophic results. Don’t ask yourself what you are going to do today to be successful; ask how you are going to do it.”
Yes! Not about getting it right all the time. Constant improvement. When Japan saw a big electronics manufacturing success back in the 1980’s and 90’s, they credited this concept of constant improvement.
Kaizen has been adopted by many large companies here in America.
More information about Kaizen and constant improvement is at Wikipedia here.
7. “Never get comfortable. Always push yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you do this continually with every task you take on, that boundary will continue to widen. This process will ensure that you are continually maximizing your potential, which will positively impact your team.”
In a SHTF scenario, getting comfortable might not be a concern. 😉 But no matter what the scenario, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone is really the fastest way to grow and develop new abilities.
These habits only help to strengthen your mental toughness.
Here’s a very cool Navy SEAL video. It’s all pictures, but worth checking out.
The video “about” info: “This program uses photography made by special authorization from SPECWARCOM and features personnel from SEAL Teams 3, 5, and 10 at Coronado, California, Little Creek, Virginia, and a secret location in the California desert. Most of the photographs were made by author and photographer Hans Halberstadt, an associate member of the UDT/SEAL Association who has written or co-written four books on naval special warfare and who has spent months covering SEAL and SWCC training.”
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