The key to being able to make the biggest gains both in training and in life is to devote yourself to a cause and to not let up from pursuing that cause regardless of what setbacks, attacks, and downfalls you may encounter. This is where you will find yourself at a crossroads deciding whether or not to weather the storm, or to get blown off the path like a feather in a tornado. If it were easy then everyone would do it, but rest assured that you will learn a lot about yourself and what it takes to have the mental edge to overcome.
Beating The Doubt Monster
I remember years ago asking my friend and retired Navy SEAL Brad McLeod (Founder Of SEALGrinder PT) about his experience in BUDs training which is where some of the most brutal training on the planet takes place within our military. If you’re not familiar with this the attrition rate for those that go into BUDs is close to 90% and the guys that enter are already tough as nails.
Knowing that the entire experience was incredibly difficult…my question to him was about which part of the whole process was most difficult for him? He replied by talking about how he didn’t care for the cold water and that the challenge for him was overcoming the doubt monster and how it took everything he had to wrestle that beast to the ground.
Ever since that conversation I can say that I personally could relate to having to fight the doubt monster. Now certainly for me it wasn’t in a scenario such BUDs training, but in life we all come to that point in our journey where that doubt monster tries to start showing his ugly head.
We often get faced with it and sometimes it starts to try to rule our mind and feed on our fears, our insecurities, and our failures. This perception is not a healthy one and in most cases it’s not even close to being an accurate assessment of who we are and what we are capable of doing. The fact is that we are all better off than we realize and are far more capable of a lot more than we ever give ourselves credit for having. We shouldn’t fall into the trap of feeding that monster…ever!
Anyone that says that they have never wrestled with the doubt monster is lying. Everyone does…but not everyone is willing to keep up the good fight. The biggest nastiest fight you’ll ever experience is the one that occurs within yourself. You, me, and everyone on the planet will never experience a heavyweight match bigger than that one.
The truth is that when we try to look at how the outside world views us through our own eyes it’s really impossible to get an accurate view of what other people’s perception is of us. I mean think about that statement for a second. How could we see how other people view us through “their” eyes? That’s an impossible feat. I mean hitting a new PR on your deadlift, or making new strides in your conditioning aren’t that hard.
So the truth is that we are going to be the type of person and accomplish the types of things that we strive for, but if we allow our doubts and fears to rule us then those things will eventually paint a more false view of ourselves inside our own minds. Ultimately this will end up plaguing any individual. The key is being able to ignore that doubt and to strive to allow that remaining 60% (as stated in the previous video) that’s left in the tank to keep pushing forward in whatever struggle we are facing.
At the end of the day the biggest enemy is the damn doubt monster. Don’t feed him. Lock that SOB in the basement, ignore him, and throw away the key.
The strength that grows from our fights with him will give us perspective. You’ve also got to understand that failure is NOT fatal…unless you accept that it is. There is always hope in a situation. To have the mental edge and to blaze your own trail in life you got to understand that the doubt monster doesn’t rule you, but rather you rule it.
Now that is the definition of true strength my friend. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and if so then please don’t be shy about posting up in the comments section here below. Stay strong. Be better. Don’t be a victim.
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