SEAL stands for Sea, Air, Land. Teams go through what is one of the most robust trainings in the world.
No matter our genetics, gender, ethnic or religious background or social status, our struggles in the world are similar.
SEAL training in six months includes unending exercises, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.
SEAL training is a lifetime challenge into six months.
1-Make up your bed
Every morning instructors will show up in the barracks room.
The first thing they do is to inspect the bed. It may seem like a ridiculous thing to a student that is aspiring to be a real warrior. But, if you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day.
It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do several other tasks during the day.
Making the bed will reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you can never do the big things right.
2-Find someone to help you paddle
During the training, the students are all broken down into boat crews every day. For the boat to make its destination everyone must paddle.
You can’t change the world alone. You will need help from friends, colleagues and sometimes from strangers.
3-Measure a person from the size of the heart
What it matters the most is not your color, ethnic background or your education but it is your will to succeed.
4-Keep moving forward
Several times a week instructors line up the class and do a uniform inspection.
Your hat must be perfectly starched, your belt buckle shiny. But sometimes no matter how much effort you put in, the instructors will find something wrong. Often that student must run into the surf zone.
Students have to roll out in the beach until they cover every part of their body. The term is “sugar cookie.”
The purpose is this:
Sometimes no matter how well you prepare, you still end up as a sugar cookie but keep moving forward.
5-Don’t be afraid to fail. It will make you stronger
Every day students face many exercises that test their strength and mettle.
Every event has standards if you fail to meet those standards they will post your name on the list.
Those on the list have to do two extra hours of exercise designed to break your spirit, to force you to quit. It means more fatigue. The following day it will be more difficult for you and more extra exercise.
But sometimes an interesting thing happens. Those who were always on the list, over time became stronger and stronger.
We will face in our life with stressful situations where we are most likely to fail. It will be painful, it could discourage, but don’t be afraid to fail, it will strengthen you.
During the land warfare phase of training, students are flown out to San Clemente Island which lies off the coast of San Diego.
The waters of San Diego are a breeding ground for the white sharks. You have to complete the swim.
The night swim is when you are in the water and around you is filled with all the species of sharks.
Students learned that if the shark circles your position, do not swim away, do not be afraid. If the shark darts towards you, then punch him on the snout with all of your strength.
The world is full of sharks. If you want to complete the swim, if you hope to deal with them don’t back down from the sharks.
7-Stay calm in the challenging moments
One of the SEAL jobs is to conduct attacks against enemy shipping.
The exercise consists in with a pair of sealed divers. They are dropped off on the enemy harbor, and they have to swim two miles underwater.
As you approach the ship, it becomes darker. The ship blocks all the ambient light. You have to swim under the ship, knowing the center line and the deepest part of the ship.
What makes it difficult, is the darkness and the deafening noise from the ship’s machinery.
Every SEAL knows under the keel at the darkest moment of the mission is a time when you need to be calm.
You must be calm and must do your best in your darkest moments.
8-The power of hope
The ninth week is the hell week. It is six days of no sleep. You have to survive 15 hours covered in cold mug and incessant pressure to quit from instructors.
But what keeps you to resist is hope that everything will go perfectly.
Sometimes soldiers sing to feel better even though they are feeling terrible.
Singe even when you are up to your neck with the mug.
9-Don’t you ever ring the bell
In the center of the compound for all students to see is a bell. All you have to do to quit is to ring the bell.
You don’t have to wake up at 5 o’clock, no longer have to be in cold swim.
You don’t have to run the obstacle, and you no longer have to endure the hardships.
The rule is: Don’t you ever, ever ring the bell. Don’t you ever give up.
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