Weekly Writing – EXAMINE

EXAMINE –

Navy SEALS are all about challenges. One mile lunge walks, 1000 reps of an exercise or even a 24 hour walk in solitude. One may think some of these could be easy. Plug into your head phones and just jam to music all while the time passes by, right? Yet, we’re not encouraged to listen to music when facing these kinds of challenges. How come?

Philosopher Socrates once said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” In his book, Just Breathe, Dan Brule interviews US Army Brigadier General James Cook (retired) regarding conscious breathing. Cook says, “The mind can fabricate a lot of fears. Conscious breathing keeps us present and in touch with reality.” He goes on to say, “This peace that seems to pass understanding can be hard for the ego to grasp.” Cook uses breath awareness to keep himself relaxed, calm, alert and in an energized state.

Where do your thoughts go when faced with a challenge? Do you just zone out singing to your favorite Beatles tune all while trying to avoid negative self-talk, pain or fear? Or do you examine your life, examine your thoughts and realize there is a greater path to lead us to our best selves? Let’s continue to follow in the footsteps of the ELITE, face our fears and learn to bring our attention to our breath which, as scripture says, “Brings us the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. “ HOOYAH!

Weekly Writing – EMOTIONS

If I was to ask you to write a letter to all those that have helped you in your life do you know who you would thank? Would it be teachers, mentors, friends, family?

In the bible, Apostle Paul ends his letter to the Romans in Chapter 16 thanking all those who have shaped him, invested in him, took a risk on him and also those who were crazy enough to join him. Author, motivational speaker and retired Navy SEAL, Mark Divine, says there are 5 mountains to self-mastery. They are physical, mental, emotional, intuitional and spiritual. At the Unbeatable Mind retreat, I found it inspiring to listen to a Navy SEAL talk about emotions. Yes, emotions. Divine believes one cannot become the best version of themselves if they don’t get in touch with their emotions. He asks his audience, “Which four dominant emotions drive your behavior? Do you operate out of fear? Anger? Jealousy? Love? Joy?” He encourages us to “Replace fear with courage, anger with joy, jealously with acceptance, pessimism with trust.”

How is your connection to your emotional mountain? Are you following in Apostle Paul and Divine’s footsteps to live with an attitude of gratitude, embracing love, acceptance, joy and trust? Let’s not let negative emotions derail us from commitments or keep us from bettering our relationships. Instead, let’s work to be our ideal selves helping change the world for good. HOOYAH!

Emotional Resiliency Video (3 mins. A must watch! ) –

Convictions

Has anyone ever suggested to you that you should just follow your heart? Or maybe you think it is wise for one to be led by the heart instead of the mind?

I love Jeremiah 17:9 which says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” I often ask people, “What are you willing to die for?” Unfortunately some people get into life long arguments over opinions or beliefs which are both tied to one’s emotions. Convictions, on the other hand, are more than ideas or feelings and are based on strong values. Therefore, don’t you think it is wiser to make choices on one’s convictions instead of just following our heart which can actually deceive us?

What about you? Can you see moments in your life where, thank God, you made a choice not because it felt good but instead you followed your strong moral compass? Here’s to making sure we aren’t just following the cultural norms or focusing on what’s best only for ourselves but instead Glorify God in all that we do even if it’s the harder path to follow. HOOYAH!

Obstacles

Last week during our one mile burpee challenge there were moments where we would hit a wall and felt like quitting. But just like I asked my swim buddy, “Why are walls or obstacles there?”

Have you ever heard of the statement, “Ignorance is bliss?” I don’t tend to agree with this very often. When I tell others we may be doing an exercise or challenge for a mile, it is common for people to say, “A mile? That’s it?” And it’s usually because they’ve never done something so challenging. Retired Navy SEAL, Mark Divine, believes that if we are to grow as human beings we need to figure out our comfort zone and get the heck out of it! As I told my swim buddy last week, obstacles are there to show us how badly we want something.

So, what about you? Are you constantly avoiding obstacles, challenges or ignore your weaknesses because it’s easier to work on things you are good at? Let’s make sure we don’t follow the rest of the crowd and instead persevere through walls, run over obstacles and enjoy challenges knowing it’s transforming us into all we can be. HOOYAH!