David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL and is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), the U.S. Army Ranger School (where he graduated as Enlisted Honor Man) and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. An accomplished endurance athlete, Goggins has completed over 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. He once held the Guinness World Record for pull-ups completing 4,030 in 17 hours, and he’s a sought after public speaker. Below is a list of 10 points Goggins has used to endure the hard times in his life.

1. LOOK INTO THE ACCOUNTABILITY MIRROR:

“Your biggest enemy and the most important conversation you will have in your life is the one you have with yourself.”

You take “you” everywhere, you wake up with you, and you can’t run from yourself. Look into the mirror today and ask yourself are you doing everything you can to be successful, however you measure it? A father, financially, a good daughter, a good Marine? 

 

2. SILENCE THE NOISE:

“People have the woe is me mentality, life isn’t fair, life isn’t easy, and you judge yourself on the people around you. When you look around at others you corrupt your mind, your internal dialogue. Life is a race against yourself and no one else, once you silence the noise you can start to grow and become better.”

Judge yourself and what you do by what you did yesterday. People will always be better than you at something, if you spend your time worrying about others you miss out on the opportunity to get better today. Small incremental improvements over time accumulate into MASSIVE changes over time. Silence the noise and worry about what you are doing right now to get better.

 

3. GET RID OF THE NEGATIVITY:

Listen to the people around and hear their message to you, sometimes if you listen closely they’re not rooting for you. Distance yourself from the negativity. Listen to yourself talk, are you on your own side or are you against yourself? The more you listen to yourself and those around you the better idea you will get of the negative forces in your life. Get rid of the negativity.

 

4. GRIND YOURSELF TO GREATNESS:

“I worked myself so hard, I turned this person who was so messed up into the person I am today. Not off of a book, or a theory, off of going to work on myself. I don’t know how to get better, but I know to get to where I want to be I NEED TO GRIND myself into a fine powder off of sure will.”

No matter the obstacle you will face adversity, even if you don’t know the way through it, the only thing you can do is take a step forward. It is impossible to get to a destination if you don’t move, even if you don’t know the way, push forward and grind, even if it is in the wrong direction you will learn what not to do which is progress.

 

5. BE PATIENT:

“We want it very fast, if we don’t see results in the first week I’m done, that’s the mentality of most people. In the world we live in today everything is instant gratification. To change and endure whatever you’re going through it will take a lot of time, a lot of patients, and there will be pitfalls and plateaus. Everybody wants the hack or the secret, the only thing that works is consistent hard work.”

Things that provide value always take time and effort, they usually take pain and setbacks as well. No one won a championship on the day they competed, it was the thousands of hours they put in the gym, in practice, and in study to get the opportunity to be successful. Be patient, find love in the process not the product. Enjoy the journey because through your trials and tribulations is what allows you to be successful in the end.

 

6. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY:

“All the Ultra’s and training I did in my life at a certain point my body was falling apart and I felt like I was dying. I was all gas no break and I paid for it. I only knew how to work hard in training but never recovery. I created so much damage I couldn’t work out anymore. I started to stretch every night for 2-4 hours. This eventually got me back to a point where I could train.

As hard as you train, you need to recover just as hard. This can be recovery days, stretching, yoga, off days, fixing your diet, mental recovery, and even sleep. You can only train as hard as what you can recover from.

 

7. FIND YOUR FUEL:

“I am searching for a true feeling of victory for myself. No one knows the truth about your life but you.”

Nobody knows you better than you. You know all the good and all the bad. Search deep inside yourself and find what drives you, find the fuel to change your life and continue to drive you forward.

 

8. FIND OUT WHO YOU REALLY ARE:

“Stop being afraid of who you are. You need to strip away the façade and find out at the deepest level who you are. Good or bad get to the foundation and grow from there.”

Just like in number 7, you need to get to the deepest aspects of yourself. Find out what makes you tick, find out who you are. When you get down to the bottom of things, you can build up from there. Sometimes it is scary because of your past traumas or things you’ve done. But if you can look into the deepest part of yourself you can start building a strong foundation and start to become the person you want to be.

 

9. STOP BEING NORMAL:

Any person who has achieved extraordinary things in their lives is just like everyone else. No person is better than anyone else. At a certain point people make a decision to take the path that has been traveled or take the untraveled path. The only limitations that exist are the ones you place on yourself. If you envision something extraordinary for your life who says you can’t do it? Be extraordinary, take control of your life and make it happen.

 

10. STRENGTHEN YOURSELF:

“I want to be considered one of the hardest men to ever walk the earth. I don’t mean someone who can do the most pull-ups or run the furthest. Just a person able to overcome any adversity put in their way. Through the physical challenges I put on myself, I knew my mind was getting stronger. I was trying to strengthen my mind to overcome any adversity, nothing can hurt me.”

The body is only as strong as the mind is. There will be adversity in everyone’s lives, the difference between the strong and the weak isn’t their physical capacity to endure, but their mental capacity. How you view the world guides your actions, every problem is either a roadblock or an opportunity to grow and learn. If someone places a fence in front of you, you have 4 options, stop because the fence is blocking your path, run through, climb over it, or dig under it. Build a mindset that the fences placed in your life are just opportunities to learn another way to past the fence.