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Strengthen Your Mind Like a Navy SEAL | David Goggins

Strengthen Your Mind Like a Navy SEAL | David Goggins


I’m a big believer in doing things that
make you uncomfortable. So, we live in a world where we want to be
as comfortable as we can. And we wonder why we have no growth. We wonder why—when the smallest thing in
our life gets difficult—we wonder why we cower and we run away. I mean, our whole life is set up that way. Our whole life is set up in the path of least
resistance. We don’t want to suffer. We don’t want to feel discomfort. So the whole time we’re living our lives
in a very comfortable area. There’s no growth in that. So for me I realized that. The reason I became 297 pounds is because
that was comfortable. What was very uncomfortable was running. What was very uncomfortable was being on a
diet. What was very uncomfortable was trying to
face things that I didn’t want to face. And I also realized when I was really big:
I had no growth. Why? Because I was living comfortable. So I realized for me to find growth I had
to face all these different things that made me very, very uncomfortable. One thing I faced was running. I absolutely hated running. But I knew for me to grow I had to do this
thing every single day. I wanted to start callus-ing my mind. I wanted to start becoming a better person. And how do you become a better person? How do you gain mental toughness? How do you become the person you want to be? It’s by constantly facing the things that
you don’t want to face. If you constantly run away from things that
you don’t want to face, how is there growth? How is there mental toughness? I can give you a class all day long about
self-talk, visualization, “eat an elephant one bite at a time”, but if you’re never
putting yourself in a situation to actually practice these things you’re never going
to grow. We’re all going through a battle in our
mind. A warrior is not a person that carries a gun. The biggest war you ever go through is right
between your own ears. It’s in your mind. We’re all going through a war in our mind
and we have to callus our mind to fight that war and to win that war. So one example I can give you about callus-ing
your mind, about doing things that make you uncomfortable. There’s a book out there called ‘Lone Survivor’
and there’s a guy named Marcus Luttrell. He was on an operation where a bunch of guys
died, and I knew all the guys that died. And I know Marcus Luttrell very well. This story touched my heart. And I basically went out there and found a
foundation to raise money for it. It’s called the Special Operations Warrior
Foundation. You give 100 percent tuition for—let’s
say your dad died in the war. He was a special operator. If that guy had a kid, you get 100 percent
tuition to go to college. A great foundation, great people working at
the foundation. “I’m going to do this.” So I Googled the ten hardest races in the
world. And at this time of my life I was not a runner. I maybe ran ten miles the whole year. I was into bodybuilding, I was into weight
training, and that’s what I did. So I Googled the ten hardest races in the
world and what came up number one was this race called the Badwater 135. It’s a 135-mile race through Death Valley
in the summertime. So I wanted to get in this race. I thought it was actually a stage race—I
thought it was a race where you ran like 20 miles, set up a camp, and then ran 20 miles
the next day. I didn’t know people ran 100 miles, 135
miles at one time. I didn’t know it was even possible. I had never even run a marathon. So I called the race director up, his name
was Chris Kostman, and I called him up on a Wednesday. And this is in November. He said, “David, to qualify for my race
you have to do 100 miles.” And I said, “100 miles in a calendar year?” I didn’t know what was going on. He said, “No, 100 miles in 24 hours or less.” And I thought that was humanly impossible. He said, “So you’ve got to do that in
24 hours or less for me to consider you in my race.” He goes, “There’s a race on Saturday.” And I called him up on Wednesday. That was four days for me to get ready for
this race. And I ran ten miles the whole year. And so he said, “If you qualify, if you
do 100 miles in 24 hours or less, I might consider you in my race.” So four days later I’m out there in San
Diego and the race was called the San Diego One Day, where you run around a one-mile track
for 24 hours to see how many miles you can get. And so I go out there, I didn’t know what
I was doing: I had my Myoplex and Ritz crackers. And I had a blue lawn chair. That’s all I had. And I was going to see my crew person every
single mile. And I was going to drink Myoplex and have
a Ritz cracker. I had no water. I had nothing. Went out there, got to mile 20, wasn’t feeling
too bad. Around mile 30 I started feeling my shins
starting to get extremely sore and I started to develop stress fractures, shin splints. I started feeling the metatarsals in my feet
starting to break at around mile 50. By mile 70 I was totally destroyed. And I sat down in the blue lawn chair and
I was destroyed. And when a bigger person sits down—I don’t
know exactly how much I weighed but I was extremely big, I was a power lifter, I lifted
a lot of weights and I was not an endurance athlete by any means. So I sat down on this blue lawn chair, looked
at my crew person, and I literally couldn’t stand up. I was destroyed. And I couldn’t go to the bathroom. Well I couldn’t stand up to go to the bathroom. So I sat there and I went to the bathroom
on myself. I was destroyed. And I was discolored. I was pale. I was dizzy, lightheaded. I was in the worst shape of my entire life. I had been in three Hell Weeks, Ranger School,
all these different training programs, and this was the worst situation I’ve been in
in my entire life. I thought I was literally dying. And all I could think about was, “How can
I get out of this chair. I have 30 miles to go.” And after everything I had gone through, I
realized that the human mind, if you can put it in a very quiet, calm place and get it
to calm down and not be so spastic, that you could possibly make this work out for you. “How bad are you really?” So I calmed myself down and I had to make
this enormous thing small. I had 30 more miles to run and my body was
in the worst shape in my entire life. The worst pain I ever felt in my life. So I broke this 30 miles thing down. I broke it down to small chunks. I calmed my mind down. I had to get water, had to get potassium,
had to get sodium. I had to stop being so dizzy, because I had
to be able to stand up. So my dizziness went away after about an hour. I was able to stand up now. And I was going around this track at, like,
a 30-something-minute mile. And I’ll never forget my crew person saying,
“Hey.” I got to mile 81. They said, “You’re not going to make the
time.” I had 24 hours and I was going so slow, taking
so much time. This is when I realized that the human mind,
once everything gets connected, once the mind knows you’re not going to quit something,
it’s going to try to find more. It’s going to try to give you more. Once it realizes you’re not going to take
the path of least resistance—you’re going to stay here until it’s done—my mind and
my body and my spirit became one for the first time ever. For the first time ever it became one. And I went to a level that I never thought
was humanly possible for myself or anybody else. And in that shape that I was in, I was able
to run 19 miles. And I ran 19 miles and did 100 miles—I actually
did one more mile—I did 101 miles in 18 hours and 56 minutes. I’d overcome so many obstacles in my life,
and this was the final crucible for me. And I got through it, and at the end of this
race was such clarity to me. And it was just the most amazing thing I ever
did in my life. And it was just the most amazing thing I ever
did in my life.

100 comments on “Strengthen Your Mind Like a Navy SEAL | David Goggins

  1. He is a practional speaker , not motivational speaker . He went through hell , not books like a normal motivational speaker. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  2. Man, I hate military and I hate soldiers, because I hate war (I used to be a solider myself), but this video is pure gold.

  3. Emerson said, “Di the thing u fear and u will conquer it” it is absolutely true. U can’t run or hide from it, it will not go away! Face it and u will win the day and your future will change.

  4. I have respect for him but it still seems like his relationship to himself is a bit antagonistic, and he doesn't seem like a very happy person.

  5. Goggins, thanks for shredding through what is possible. thank you for making the DE-cision. I listen every morning. thanks brother

  6. I am in a happy and loving relationship with Jasdeep Kaur Bhathal NOW ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ #thankyouGod

  7. Need to teach this stuff in schools instead of teaching children how to become transgender and all that degeneracy!

  8. I'm 50 yrs old and starting to get lazy and out of shape, David and many of these other special operators are AWESOME at motivation…because they do what they say every day and not only tell you but also show you thru their actions. If you listen to them they will get you motivated and off the couch. Thanks not only for your service and sacrifices for our country but everything you guys do on the outside as well.

  9. This is one of the most amazing stories of our generation. It's a shame that not enough people see it for what it is. These are the things you need to cultivate in your mind, body and spirit in order to break down the barriers of what people believe are possible. Go to war against yourself, get everything aligned, and kick some arse. This man is a hero that is truly worthy of the title.

  10. i lost 97-100 pounds in last 3 years, after bad marriage, i thought it was a feat of strength/will. got my self into soccer and this year into running, season started, im not ready for 20 mile marathon yet and now i see this video and find out that there are 100+ mile marathons. i dont know how i feel about it now. i dont think it's humanly possible.

  11. Lmfao, this guy is the answer to obesity. The department of health and human services should start a new promotion for health with this guy.
    I am overweight and love donuts and burrito bowls. I only watched his podcast on Joe Rogan. I've been jogging for 2 weeks. I e lost 18 pounds. Yeah its water weight. But I pushed myself. I run 5-10 miles everyday.

  12. MR. GOGGINS. WHAT IF WE SUFFER AN ADDICTION? You dont have all the ANSWERS but we are verble addictive. We are listening! 🙂

  13. 5:39 is hilarious. First time I hear Goggins, saying a 'bigger person' instead of 'fat' … He gets nervous about it, starts scratching his head haha

  14. This man has made me run everyday. And to understand the mind will give up way before the body will. Our bodies can undergo so much it’s scary! Life changing !

  15. How much is 100 miles can I actually do that I don’t think i ever done that long. Great vid tho been great way to start the morning.

  16. I really hope this helps with my depression it's getting hard but I guess with depression not being comfortable I have to face it

  17. 6:37 Key point! If you can keep your mind calm you can go into another gear and opposed saying to yourself "I'm done" you are saying "I am ready".

  18. Did you not run a marathon after your first 100 Miles race and qualified for Boston? Its in the book.

  19. We have won no wars with the Navy Seals the Marine Reconnaissance could do the job. One World War 2 guy who was Marine Reconnaissance lived down the street and was a great guy who held many reunions for his buddies. Remember one was the Governor of Missouri and was accused of harassing a hair dresser Another was the Secretary of the Interior and he left after alleged ethics violation. Give me the World War 2 marines and I will beat anyone.

  20. The next time I see someone with Alzheimer's I will walk up to them and say " there's no such thing as a bad memory, there's no such thing as a bad memory. There's only an untrained memory!"

  21. Thos question is for any SEAL Team Member: Is every CHALLENGE worth taking on? Is it worth proving something to someone who simply just wants to test or challenge you? Why?

  22. Its hard for us normal humans to understand this story. He gives more details about in his book. But to us its about like trying to comprehend the vastness of the universe. The man ran 100 miles in 18 hours with no prior long distance running training.

  23. I've always been an introvert throughout my life. I've always had problems talking to people being shy when the real problem was that I was always afraid of rejection. So I went out and became more social by talking to more and more strangers making myself as uncomfortable as possible. Now I feel like I can take on the world because I'm no longer afraid. I still get uncomfortable, but I know it doesn't matter anymore if I get rejected by someone in a social situation because in reality it cannot hurt me! Thanks for the inspiration David Goggins!

  24. Here are a few ways on how to become mentally strong:

    1. Be giving/volunteer: Join a group and go to volunteer in a large scale disaster dedicating a week to doing nothing but helping others. Lifting others is always an uplifting experience and spending a week at your own expense to help others earning nothing but finding it to be a more rewarding experience than working for money as usual really frees us from capitalism. Spending a week living and working with people many of whom have lost everything including loved ones really helps us appreciate every single thing and every moment in life as well. The inner happiness from selflessly helping others in times of great need is one that stays with us forever.

    2. Fast: Study intermittent fasting to learn of the benefits of 48 hour or longer fasts. Fasting for days teaches us we’re stronger than we thought, both mentally and physically, including the mental challenge of fasting itself. Once we know we can fast and that fasting is healthy, controlling our weight and health become much easier.

    3. Fight sports: Learn fight sports of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, wrestling, Judo, etc and actually spar, roll and compete on any level. Fight sports are wonderful for teaching both self-confidence as well as humility.

    4. Challenge yourself, always.

  25. For the first time in my life, I ran 6.5 miles without stopping. I honestly wanted to stop after 2 miles but something weird happened. I just sorta accepted the pain and the fact that this was gonna suck. I also accepted the fact that I wasn’t stopping until I managed to hit 6.5 miles.

    I know that’s not a lot compared to what many can easily do but it taught me something. Learn to accept the pain and keep going until you either reach your goal or your body fails you.

  26. Wow..listening to this…we are so pampered daily…pathetic..i have a permanent broken knee..displaced patella..ripped tendon…muscle mass shoved up away from my knee from 6 12' farm gates falling on me 4 yrs ago n my horse was tied to them n his feet got caught in them..his weight plus the 12' gates…but im gonna run n fix my body n soul

  27. Running is the dumbest thing you can do. Expends your energy. Makes you more hungry. Higher chance for more injuries. Allows more irrationality by decreasing blood flow from the brain to your heart thereby increasing your heart rate and size.

    I simply walk.

  28. Its THE same thing with depression. Metaforic its like a rash from a mosquito. It take a certain time to heal and goes away. Same thing as with depression it Always hade away.

  29. I didn’t hear a single fuck. Why does everybody want to listen to what this man has to say but put a piece of soap in his mouth. Fucking fuck shit.

  30. A person who is not into running, how can he run 100 Miles?
    A runner may achieve this feat but I can't believe anyone can run 100 miles in 24 hour.
    A normal person will eventually die while running or get paralysed or face serious body muscle,tissue damage etc etc.
    Mind can't deflect bullets though.

  31. If my mind had surgery done on it and Everytime I try pushing it I catch a seizure how to get growth now? David I respect you 💯💪👊💯

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