Do you want to live life bravely? It’s what Navy SEALs do best, and it’s all down to mental conditioning. You don’t need military training to live a courageous life. We got the secrets to bravery from Master Chief Will Guild, a 29 year Navy SEAL veteran. Guild mentors incoming candidates – and these are the five values he instills in them.
- The first value: Put your teammates first. Your teammates can be your family, friends or coworkers. Guild calls this “an exoteric responsibility” – which means, you’re living outside yourself. When you’re acting exoterically, you’re acting ethically because you’re asking yourself: “How do I treat others? How do I fit into the team? What’s my responsibility to them?” Ask yourself those questions, and you’ll be a better, braver person.
- The next value to embrace: Allow yourself to be afraid. Some people find fear overwhelming – and they freeze. Instead, reach out to family, friends, or coworkers. Fear is a shared experience. Other people can help you handle it, and being okay with fear is the first step to overcoming it.
- The third step to living a brave life: Control your emotions physically. Ask a friend or family member to study your posture when you’re happy or content. Then practice that posture over and over again. Your body can influence your mind – and you can literally control your emotions this way.
- The fourth step to being courageous: Break down big goals. It’s like the old saying, ‘how do you eat an elephant? One mouthful at a time.” Don’t wake up on Monday morning and say “Four days and 16 hours until Friday.” Instead, wake up and say, “One hour until breakfast.” Stay in the present – because living in the moment means that you can’t dread the future.
- The final value that Guild instills in his Navy SEALs: Have faith in yourself. Don’t let life intimidate you. You’re a lot stronger physically and mentally than you think you are.