On my daily walk I listened to a podcast that really had me reflect. The podcast began by relating the message to how Navy Seals are trained.
Navy Seals are one of the most elite military here in the US. They were responsible for taking out Osama Bin Laden. Three words describe the training a Navy Seal receives: cold, miserable, and tired. About 70% who enter Navy Seals never graduate. The only way to quit is when you decide to quit, you must ring a bell for everyone to hear. The choice becomes either you do what it takes to accomplish your goal or live with quitting; knowing that everyone you associated with knows you quit.
That is very powerful.
When you apply that to life, you realize that the Navy Seals’ body did not give out; instead, their mind decided to quit. As we learn in Beyond Freedom Evolution, everything is a decision. Deciding to “ring that bell” is a decision. When you ring the bell, you have indicated that you are no longer willing to consider options and no longer feel there is any opportunity to continue.
Once I hit a “rough patch” I must decide either to show up and continue to forge through or “ring the bell.” Here is what I do know: Growth and success is not measured monetarily. As with the Navy Seals, it is not the body (or business/work) that gives out, it is a decision I make.
Do we learn from our mistakes? I think not. To me, if you learn then it is not a mistake – it is a learning opportunity. When you learn, you never “ring the bell.”
Have you ever been close to ringing the bell with any part of your life
bart is a nationally known, sought-after motivational speaker, author, blogger, personal coach, trainer, entrepreneur, and major advocate of the theatre community.
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