Pursuing Excellence Series Part 1: Fully Commit
Developing a Soldier’s Mind To Reach Your Highest Potential
By Dee Josey
Part 1: Commit Yourself
“I will always place my mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.”--Warrior Ethos, Soldier’s Creed, U.S. Army
The first element to developing a soldier’s mind is to commit yourself fully to your mission.
When I DEEcided put off college to join the US Armed Forces, I had to make the decision to be “all in.” Once I signed the dotted line for Uncle Sam, there was no turning back. At the mature age of 18, this was the scariest decision I ever made, but once I fully committed, mentally and physically, and let go of all my fears, I experienced something greater than I could ever imagine. I experienced what it means to truly live.
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If you had $10 million in the bank and the highest IQ of anyone around, what would your life to look like for the next 12 months?
The sky's the limit. There is no dream too big. What will you be doing? Where will you be? How is your health? What do you look like? How are your relationships? Are you accomplishing your first ever 5K walk? Perhaps you are training to become the next Serena Williams? Maybe you have a little more energy to play with your grandkids. Are you still on that depression/anxiety medication?
Whatever your dreams, write them down to make them real. Brainstorm this for the next 10 minutes.
Commercial Recap: Overview
While we wait for you to do that, let’s recap on Part I.
Sports Psychologist Terry Orlick found that the greatest performers in the world share 7 commonalities all encompassing mental strength. They are commitment, belief, focus, distraction control, constructive evaluation, positive images, and mental readiness.
Using some personal experience in the US Armed Forces and stories from my military heros, I will discuss each domain in to help you develop, what I call, a Soldier’s mind. Together, we will pursue excellence.
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Did you write down your dream?
This is important because it will guide you through this entire series. Do not continue until you have completed this task...
Now that you have your 12 month goal, we can begin to take action by committing yourself to your dream.
Commitment? What is that?
Simply put, commitment is saying with conviction, “I will do this, and nothing will stand in my way.” This is a non-negotiable contract with yourself to set clear, personal goals and relentlessly pursue them by giving everything you have.
The same way canoeing Olympian Larry Cain won that gold medal (Do you remember that? Nor do I.), “Everything you do must be geared toward how it will affect your performance.”
I mean everything. You wake, eat, and sleep your goal. If your dream, for example, is to live pain free, so you can enjoy life, your daily actions should reflect this. Hire a coach trained to help you work around pain (ahem...I know a great one). Move more. Work on areas of weakness. Toss those twinkies and any other inflammation-inducing food in your kitchen. Take action and truly commit to your goal for the long run.
Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy
This is why it is called a dream. If it were easy, you wouldn’t appreciate it.
Think about it...when was the last time you really put in an honest effort and accomplished something you never thought you could? How did you feel after? It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?
Achieving excellence is not a leisurely stroll in the park; it’s a highly competitive marathon. You will bleed, sweat, and cry. You will challenge your deepest, darkest fears, become frustrated with yourself and the world, and be forced to make difficult sacrifices to reach the top. Your greatest adversary is you. There will be times you will want to quit; in fact, if you’re like most, you will. This game is not for the weak; it’s a game very few win.
But it’s worth it.
When you reach that goal...whether it is successfully completing boot camp, getting your first unassisted pull up, finishing a 5K, living pain free, or losing that last 10 pounds, it will all be worth the sacrifices.
First Key to Pursuing Excellence: Commit Yourself
Match your actions to your goals. Be consistent. Stay committed. Keep going even when you face setbacks. Persist when you are faced with fears and obstacles. Commit through the ups and downs, the good results and bad. Stay disciplined and passionate. Find joy or love for what you are doing.
You’re in this for the long haul, and once you reach that peak, you’ll reflect on your journey you took and realize you can achieve anything. It starts with commitment.
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Stay tuned for our next segment on: Pursuing Excellence: Believe You Will Succeed
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