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  • Our minds are filled, much of the time, with negative nonsense, insisting that we worry about this or that.
  • To start from a place of strength and stability, you need to quiet your mind and gain control.
  • For former Navy SEAL David Goggins, this begins with committing to quieting the mind. It continues with replacing the negative thoughts with positive ones.

What one Navy SEAL learned by doing Hell Week 3 times

Two questions hold the key to breaking through your limitations, says David Goggins.

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  • Navy SEAL Hell Week is 130 hours of brutal training with less than 4 hours of sleep.
  • To mentally and physically persist, you need to be sure of one thing: Why you want to be there.
  • David Goggins keeps a 'mental cookie jar' of victories to overcome stress and negative self-talk.
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From 300lbs to a Navy SEAL: How to gain control of your mind and life

The countdown continues! This is the 9th most popular video of 2018 — and great fuel for starting a new year.

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  • David Goggins is scary tough. He is the only person to have completed Navy SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), Air Force tactical air controller training, and U.S. Army Ranger School.
  • Not that he was always a super soldier: Goggins once weighed 300lbs and was by his own admission lazy and undisciplined.
  • Here, Goggins explains how he transformed himself and won the war in his mind—from positive self-talk and building a 'cookie jar' of resilience, to the 40% rule, here's how you can learn to push past your own mind games.
  • You can follow David on Twitter and Instagram @davidgoggins and Facebook.
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From 300lbs to a Navy SEAL: How to gain control of your mind and life

Are you living at just 40% of your potential? Here's how to tap into your inner Navy SEAL.

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People always ask David Goggins: how did you get so tough? He is the only person to have completed Navy SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), Air Force tactical air controller training, and U.S. Army Ranger School. Now that he has retired from his military career, he's an ultra-endurance athlete, committing feats of physical and mental resilience like the Badwater 135, which requires participants to run 135 miles in 24 hours in the peak heat of Death Valley. Not that he was always a super soldier: Goggins once weighed 300lbs and was by his own admission lazy and undisciplined. Here, Goggins explains how he transformed himself and won the war in his mind—from positive self-talk and building a 'cookie jar' of resilience, to the 40% rule, here's how you can learn to push past your own mind games. You can follow David on Twitter and Instagram @davidgoggins and Facebook.