If it came down to it, how would you really react to a crisis situation where your life was on the line? Could you maintain your presence of mind or would you lose it all together.
There’s other situations in life as well that call for “calm” that are not life, or death however that are nonetheless important.
For athletes it could be sinking the winning shot. Perhaps you’re trying to land a big account, or maybe it’s a first date that you’re trying to impress. In this interview with former Navy Seal Joel Lambert you’ll be able use the advice of someone who’s been in some of the most stressful situations imaginable.
It doesn’t matter if you are in a survival situation, or just trying to fight through the stress that we all find in our daily lives these 3 tips will help you get through it. Make sure to catch the video with Navy Seal Joel Lambert below the article.
1. Remember: one foot in front of the other.
This attitude is something he learned while undergoing the rigors of BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL) training, which is notorious for its high drop-out rate and level of difficulty. It was here where he honed his acute sense of awareness, focus, and discipline in his 10 years spent with the US Navy SEALs.
“The training runs for around 6 months, but it’s hardly ever completed in that time,” he said. “If you go through first day or two, and you’re in shock and you’re injured and you think of the 6 months that you have to go through, it’s impossible, you will shut down without doing that.”
He got through the training by staying focused on the present. “If you start thinking of everything that you have to do, if you start looking at the whole picture, you will quit,” he said. “You just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. You shrink down your awareness to this moment. The future will never exist by definition; the past is just in your head. All there ever will be is a series of ‘nows.’
“Sometimes it’s so miserable, but I’m right there in that moment. It’s an animal thing. Animals never worry about anything, they’re just right there invested in this moment. They’re so free because of it.”
2. Remember: Throw a ‘hissy fit’ in your head if you need to
It’s okay and actually helpful to acknowledge the discomfort, as long as you keep going. “It’s a bit embarrassing to admit this,” he said. “But this is how I deal with some of the extremely miserable situations. An old saying that got me through much is “you don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.”
Go ahead and admit to yourself that you’re challenged, that it’s not all peachy or perfect – but after that, keep moving.
“I can throw a tantrum in my head as long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other. I’ll allow myself to throw a hissy fit in my head and it relieves some pressure and some steam. And allowing myself to do that really smoothed the way to push through some things,” said Joel.
3. Remember: Don’t give up
Manhunt was not an easy project to film. Joel went through 3 different cameramen, and numerous members of his crew had to be evacuated out of the extreme conditions. He admitted that it’s gotten to the point where “it got so miserable that death might have happened and some things, and I might have gone completely out and unconscious and they might have had to evacuate me out of there. Those sorts of things were on the table, but quitting was never an option.”
Joel said this was ingrained in him as he underwent SEAL selection screening. “If you will quit, if it is in you, we will find it, and you will be gone. Period. Because there will be things that you go through in this training process that you will literally have to choose between death and quitting, because it will literally feel like you are going to die underwater. You will pass out, you will basically drown yourself to make that choice.
“Once you learn that you can do that, once you learn what you can put your body through, like hell week, once you learn the amount of damage that you can cause to yourself and your mind will keep pushing through, it changes everything.”
To see 3 more tips go to the original article at: Rappler.com
I particularly like #2 when he says “you don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.”. That alone may get you through many situations.
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