6 Useful Habits To Help You Develop Psychological Endurance

Journalist Nicholas Cole has collected tips that help the "sea seals" from the U.S. Army in their hard work.
Last Updated
May 30, 2020

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Eat the elephant piece by piece

This is the name of successful planning and achieving goals. To work effectively as a team, you need to understand how your small contribution helps the entire team move towards the goal. And to do this, you need to break a big target into small, easy-to-do tasks.

This tactic works in all areas of life. If you are constantly thinking only about the ultimate goal, you will always be in the clouds and upset that in fact you do not work out. Conversely, if you focus only on small tasks, you won't be able to see the big picture and you'll feel like you're trampling on one place.

You have to combine both. Start small, but don't forget about the big goal you're aiming for.



Visualize success

That's what's important for proper visualization.

Present everything as clearly and in detail as possible. Connect all the senses. Scroll through your actions in your head to bring them to automatism. Be optimistic. Don't think about failures, imagine that you succeed. Remember the consequences: you may not want to disappoint loved ones or are afraid to expose yourself to a bad light. If you feel that your fortitude is changing you, imagine the consequences of your failure: it will spur you.

Before the next exciting event, think ahead and imagine how successful it will be.



Learn to control your emotions

To do this, the Navy SEALs use the 4 by 4 by 4 method:

Inaniated - 4 seconds; Exhalation - 4 seconds; Repeat 4 times.

This method is similar to the breathing exercises used in meditation. The point of it is the same: to help you calm down. Everyone knows that you can't make decisions hot, but in practice it is not so easy. The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, give yourself a few minutes to not think about anything, and just focus on your breathing.



Change your attitude to the situation

As you know, the glass can be half empty or half full. It's up to you to decide how you want to relate to life. Psychologically hardy people try to find a positive side in everything. Why? Because they know that a negative approach will not help them to achieve their goals faster, but will only hinder them.

The ability to change your attitude to the situation is extremely important for a successful professional life. After all, when we think optimistically, we increase motivation and involvement in the work process.



Rejoice in small victories

Don't forget to encourage yourself. Stop saying to yourself, "I've done too little." Otherwise, over time, you'll just start to feel like you'll never do anything at all. Motivation will fall, and you will only get tired and irritated.

Stop for a while and think about what you've already achieved on your way to your goal. Celebrate small victories: positive energy will help you overcome any obstacles.



Create the right environment

Of course, this is especially important for special forces. They are specially trained so that they can always rely on each other during complex operations. Teamwork and trust are the basis of their success. But it will be useful in other areas of activity. No matter how talented or successful you are, you can't always achieve the same results alone as you do in collaboration with others.

Communicating with people who share your views and interests, you will develop and improve faster. The main thing is to find those who are like you, but at the same time are different enough to teach you something new. In such an environment you will have a sense of community and belonging, and this is one of the inalienable needs of the person.

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