In this week’s 5 Minutes with Bo Hanson, he speaks about his unique experience learning about the US Navy SEALs resilience and their approach to mental toughness.
Navy SEALs Resilience
Mental toughness and resilience is the key quality in athletes that are revered and successful in their chosen sport. Some of the most resilient and mentally tough people in the world are without a doubt the Navy SEALs. They are also one of the most elite combat units in operation in the worst conflict zones in the world today. Regularly the Navy SEALs do their work where regular combat units do not have the capabilities to create a successful outcome. This sees the Navy SEALs operating in places civilians cannot imagine, under circumstances which demand the highest levels of mental toughness and team work.
“So when I was afforded the opportunity to spend time with the Navy SEALs and listen to their take on mental toughness, it was a real privilege and one of the most significant experiences I had during my coaching years. It was also interesting as I had competed in four Olympics and was in a room with other Olympic athletes from US Olympic Training Centre San Diego. This was a topic we were all very familiar with. But, when you think about toughness, and some of the most resilient people around, the Navy SEALs are definitely in that category,” Bo said.
The Navy SEALs believe toughness can be taught and they have a very simple four step process: Set a short term goal, Visualise your success, Talk positively and Self-management.
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