Book Category: Leadership, Motivational,

Navy SEAL Training Guide: Navy SEAL Strategies for Mental Toughness & Self-Confidence (book summary)

Author: Lars Draeger
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Quick Summary
Draeger’s Navy SEAL Training Guide has many pieces of wisdom and practical application from the world of the Navy SEALs that can be applied to your day-to-day life.

Key Insights

  • The Trident consists of four components; an eagle grasping an anchor, a trident, and an old style flintlock pistol
  • Refuse to lose
  • 4 Pillars of Mental Toughness: Goal Setting, Mental Imagery, Self Talk, and Arousal Control
  • The average person thinkg at 1,000-5,000 words per minute; think positively
  • SEALs all experience fear; they just deal with it differently
  • 4 Heart Rate Ranges: White (60-80), Yellow (80-115), Red (115-145), Grey (145-175), and Black (175+)
  • Heart rate is dictated more by psychological stress than physical stress
  • The higher the heart rate, the more you rely on instincts
  • Whiners can’t be winners
  • Insecurity breeds complaining, showing off, addictions, need for approval, and self-pity

Practical Application

  • Practice the 4 x 4 breathing technique
  • Perfect practice makes perfect – focus on quality over quantity

Meaningful Quotes 

“Mental toughness is the ability to consistently perform towards the upper range of your talent and skill regardless of competitive circumstances. It is all about improving your mind so that it’s always on your side; not sometimes helping you nor working against you as we all know it’s quite capable of doing.” – Dr. Jim Loehr

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius, 161 A.D.

“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 1901

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.” – Cicero, 50 B.C.

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” – Sun Tzu, 512 B.C.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle, 350 B.C.

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” – Herophilus, 300 BC

“The Spartans do not ask how many the enemy are, but where they are.” – Agis II, 400 B.C.

“A coward turns away, but a brave man’s choice is danger.” – Euripides, 450 B.C.

“If not me, then who? If not now, then when?” – Hillel the Elder, 50 B.C.

“Fortune Favors The Bold” – Virgil, 40 B.C.