Only 20% of soldiers graduate from the notorious BUD/S training program to become a Navy SEAL. The program tests students physically and mentally in incredibly stressful environments.
It’s often said that the difference between those who pass and fail isn’t physical strength or endurance. The successful soldiers have mastered their internal dialogue to grind through the training. They create games in their head and tell themselves stories which help conquer the breath-holds, freezing temperatures and sleep deprivation.
In the real world, SEALs would be glass half-full people. They would approach challenging situations with a constructive outlook. They would be master storytellers.
“Our lives follow the stories we tell ourselves” - Gina Greenlee
Everyday we act out stories in our heads about who we are and what we’re doing. Simple situations can be perceived a thousand different ways and our stories govern how we react to them.
The best part is we can re-write them.
For example, a lockdown might seem torturous at first but we can re-write it as an opportunity to learn a skill or save money. Or maybe you need to re-write the limiting belief that you're not a creative person or confident speaker. Basically, you don’t need to be doing underwater log carry’s like a Navy SEAL to reap the rewards of great storytelling.
The first step is to become aware of our stories. Next, we can edit them to make life richer. Life will then reflect the stories we project.
Have an excellent weekend!! - Nick