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Don't Listen to Yourself - Talk to Yourself

Stew smith

Your Body is Ten Times Stronger Than
Your Mind Will Let it Be

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Your mind will quit on you long before your body will, but you have to have a well-prepared body to go with your mental toughness as there is a FINE line between mental toughness and stupidity. 

This is not a weakness or lack of mental toughness, it is actually a survival skill. Humans / all animals are built to survive. When you put your body / mind through stress (real or perceived), your brain is working to relieve the pain and suffering as quickly as possible in order to survive the situation. Hormonally speaking physical stress, emotional stress, work stress and life / death situations put you into a survival mode and it does not differentiate what is causing the stress. The goal is to relieve it quickly by flooding the body with fight or flight hormones and survival thoughts. 

So yes - Your body is 10 times stronger than your mind will let it be. In order to tap into this "hidden strength" you need to know a few things and be able to do a few things:

1 - Positive Self Talk with Deep Breath - This 1-2 punch is required to turn off the voice inside your head and replace it with your own positive thinking.  Take a deep breath, focus on your goal and why you are there in this situation and get through it. Remember your why and start talking to yourself - quit listending. You may never completely turn off the inner voice in your head and that is OK, but you do not have to listen to it as long as you have a solid go-to answer when the Quit Demon starts to show up within the inner dialogue. 

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2 - Understanding the Compete Mindset - If you are not going into any challenging journey in your life with a kick butt and take names mindset, you may have to endure the above quit demon more than you prefer. One thing is for sure is that you will never think about quitting when you think about winning or being the best at something. That kind of compete mindset pulls you away from the barely survive mindset that many people have. Stiving for the minimum standards in physical an d academic events along the journey of both preparation and the actual event / challenge / selection, etc. is going to keep you in the survival mode and not in a compete mindset.  You may not win everything, but you will win something along the way and be in the top 20-25% of the class with the compete mindset.  This standard is important if your journey entails a course of instruction that has a 50-75% attrition rate. Only the best make it. 

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3 - Turn off the Noise - Can you turn off the voice so you never hear the discussion of quitting even enter your brain.  YES!  You can do this if your why is strong and your life's journey and spcific preparation has helped you build the confidence you need in yourself to endure WHATEVER comes at you.  There is a fine line though between high confidence and over-confidence.  Both under-confidence and over-confidence are killers in tough life challenges. Check the ego at the door and be willing to learn at all times. Smiling in the face of the pain, cold, discomfort will help you turn off the noise believe it or not - try it - it completely changes your mindset if you can just force a smile. 

4 - Team Player - Worrying about the other's around you is also another way to help turn off the inner noise of quit demon. To be honest, between being there for your teammates and having a strong why that helps with confidence is all you really need. In an interview for a previous article, I asked more than 50 special operators, doctors, and lawyers (some both spec ops doctors / lawyers now) about their journey and if they ever thought about quitting.  100% to everyone I asked, no one ever thought about it seriously. The idea pops into your head of course when people all around you are dropping like flies in the first few weeks of training.

A few did mention that the hardest part of training was when their friend, training partner, or roommate quit. You have to be a good team player but you cannot be so tied into the team that you feel like a failure too if your buddy quits. Shake it off and keep moving forward.  Before you know it the quitting pretty much stops and you will know who your new crew is and you can rely on them more than ever when times get really rough. 

So putting this all together, the goal is to not quit and you do this by staying focused on the reason why you started this journey in the first place. People lose sight of that initial motivation, but if you trained correctly and you will have built solid habits and a strong foundation of preparation for what you are enduring, you will have the discipline to keep going when the motivation is low.  Yes - your initial motivation has to evolve into discipline to work when you are tired, cold, and don't feel like you can move another step - but you still do anyway. That is unlocking the power that you have inside of you when  you quit listening to the quit demon.    

Who Is The Coach, Trainer, Author Stew Smith?

 I'm the former Navy SEAL that special ops candidates go to for books, ebooks and online coaching to prepare themselves to get to and through intense tactical assessment and selection programs and qualify for service in their chosen tactical profession.  See More at

What Programs Are Right For YOU?

It depends on your scores compared to other successful students.  See the Assessment Tool to Make it To and Through Selection and se where you stack up with all the elements of fitness - not just a PST score. 


It depends:  The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness is a classic and focuses on high rep calisthenics and running and swimming base.  You will build up your running over 12-18 weeks to 20 miles but very fast paced focus on both the 1.5 mile run for the PST and the 4 mile timed run for weekly run test at BUDS. If you are an athlete with a strong power / strength background in lifting and not running or swimming, Navy SEAL Fitness is ideal for you. IF you need some place to start Navy SEAL Fitness is ideal for you as well because a calisthenics base / running / swimming progression is a good place to build a foundation.  Though you will likely need to spend some time in the Navy SEAL Weight Training Book OR if Navy SEAL FItness is too challenging, go with Navy SEAL SWCC, EOD, Diver, PST Phase 1 Workout.  Phase 1 is a good starting point if Navy SEAL Fitness program is too tough. The Navy SEAL Weight Training is part two (winter lifting phase) of my SEAL Prep program. If you have done the Navy SEAL Fitness (12 weeks to BUDS) program a few times and need a break, this is the next program that integrates lifting with the Navy SEAL Prep training. 

Navy SEAL / SWCC, EOD, Diver Program Series - Phase 1 is what I call a beginner guide, but it is still challenging.  It is geared toward those who are scoring minimally or failing their Navy PST test - 500yd swim, pushups, situps, pullups, 1.5 mile run.  It is easier than The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness and a good prep course before attempting it. 

Phase 2 and 3 of the Navy SEAL / SWCC, EOD, Diver program is about the same level of intensity as Navy SEAL Fitness and is also a good follow-up plan after Phase 1

Phase 4 ot the Navy SEAL Key to Mental Toughness is by far my toughest workout ever created.  It resembles a day of BUDS, complete with "wet and sandy", runs after eating, high rep punishment push-ups, 4 mile timed runs, 2 mile swims with fins, log PT simulation, and even a HellWeek Simulator with 3 workouts a day.  

Tactical Fitness Series - Tactical Fitness, Tactical Strength, and Tactical Mobility is an ALL-encompassing program that focuses on lifting, calisthenics, run, ruck, swim, speed, agility, and flexibility / mobility. Many people focusing on USMC (OCS, RECON, MarSOC) Army Ranger / SF, Air Force Special Warfare, SWAT / Federal Law Enforcement, and Navy Special Warfare have done very well focusing on the Tactical Fitness Series and developing themselves into an all-round Tactical Athlete

The Warrior Workout Series - If you are solid with making your own workouts, but need some ideas.  This three part series has 300 workouts (100 / book) to pick from focusing on all the elements of fitness and training programs. Each book is organized with periodization cycles in mind along with calisthenics only, weights / calisthenics mix, cardio options and more. Warrior Workout 1   -  Warrior Workout 2  -   Warrior Workout 3. 

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Special Ops – Most of my programs tend to focus on getting TO and THROUGH a specific tactical training program. So you may see a mix of all the seasons in some of these books, but if you are training long term, you can take advantage of Seasonal Periodization and save yourself some of the over-use, long term pains that tend to follow many of the tactical preparations - especially on the spec ops level of training. 

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