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A look at the Navy SEALs’ secret rule to achieve mental toughness

February 03, 2017

U.S. Navy SEALs have been described in a multitude of ways. However, the one on which everyone would agree is that they are hands down, some of the toughest men on the planet. This is a group so select, that only the cream of the crop from all of the U.S. Armed Services are invited to try and be a part of their elite group.

Many people think that the secret of this select club is physical toughness, and even though there’s certainly some of that in every Navy SEAL, there’s something else that is even more important than that.

Navy SEAL rule to achieve mental toughness (YouTube)

Navy SEALs are regarded as one of the most elite special operations forces in the world as they have learned to operate in all environments, such as sea, air and land. Their history and origin dates back to World War II as part of the Amphibious Scout and Raider School when the Navy realized the need for undercover reconnaissance of coastal defenses and landing beaches. These units played an integral part in the amphibious landings at Normandy in 1944.

The Navy SEALs were later created as the United States recognized the need for unconventional warfare and special operations to counter guerilla warfare.  In March 1961, Admiral Arleigh Burke, the Chief of Naval Operations, recommended the creation of counter-guerrilla units.

The Navy SEALs played a crucial part in the killing of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, when a small group of Navy SEALs from the Naval Special Warfare Development Group raided bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan during a CIA operation.

Navy SEALs undergo most rigorous mental and physical training before earning the Special Warfare Operator Naval Rating and the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 5326 Combatant Swimmer (SEAL). The attrition rate for those who attempt Navy SEAL training is roughly 80 percent.

Now, it’s been said that 99% of people who start a marathon in the U.S. go on to finish the race. This is a surprisingly huge number, taking into consideration how long and physically taxing marathons are since they are more than 26 miles long. People who do incredibly tough things for a living say that there’s a reason that it’s so high. It’s called the 40% Rule, a concept used by Navy SEALs to increase mental toughness that simply says that when your mind is telling you that you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done. Sounds interesting and worth watching to say the least.

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