Copy These 4 Key Techniques To Reach Your Breakthrough Success
Navy Seals are perhaps the most respected warriors on earth, and are known for their track record of success. Their high standards of performance, courage, and heroism are a result of careful and focused preparation.
Have you ever wondered how a Seal is trained to respond to life-threatening fears that would freeze most of us in our tracks? It turns out the Seals’ training is based on science of the brain.
Read below and discover these core techniques that we can use to blast through our own fears (which are usually not that bad when comparing what a Navy Seal Faces Every day!)
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The Big Four
Navy SEALs are often confronted with such life threatening situations and to succeed they have to effectively conquer their fears. It has been shown that humans can minimize the time before the fear stimulus reaches the frontal cortex so that the decision is more conscious. It basically means that the response from the frontal cortex should be as close as possible to the response from the amygdala.
Members of the Navy SEAL (N.S.) are trained to increase their mental toughness with the ultimate purpose of controlling their fears and being able to appropriately respond in panicking situations. The technique is called The Big Four and (as you guessed) it has 4 parts:
- Goal Setting
When you are in a stressful situation your amygdala is firing like crazy. Emotions, fear, stress, you name it; it’s a total chaos. The frontal lobes can bring structure to this inferno through goal setting.
They can keep the amygdala at ease.
N.S. members often think about their friends, family, religious beliefs, and other important things from their lives.
The key point is to see something positive in the future (in the near future, if possible). That serves as an anchor to your inner balance.
- Mental Rehearsal
Mental Rehearsal is also known as visualization and it refers to continuously running an activity in your mind. When the real situation occurs, you are better prepared to fight it.
This is the power of mental rehearsal.
Confront the bad situation in your mind over and over again and it would come naturally when you face it for real. This is what many public speakers do.
Psychologists treat phobic patients by exposure to the stimuli causing the phobia.
- Self Talk
Logic guides me to say that it would pay much of a difference if these words are predominantly positive. These guys say that positive self-talk can override the signals from the amygdala.
I’ve personally learned about positive self-talk from Brian Tracy’s book The Power of Self-Confidence.
- Arousal control
This is more of a physical exercise. It focuses on breathing and it requires to deliberately breathe slower as it would help counteract some of the effects of panic.
Long exhales mimic the process of relaxation within the body.
Long inhales provide much more oxygen to the brain which results in better cognition processes.
Each of these techniques may not work when used individually due to the powerful signaling coming from the amygdala, but they can definitely kick-ass when they are used together.
- Goal Setting– Find an anchor. Project yourself into a better future.
- Mental Rehearsal – Visualize the situation that bugs you the most and try viewing it from multiple perspectives. Repeat it over and over again.
- Self-talk – If you can differentiate between negative and positive thoughts, you’re a good candidate into choosing which ones are better for you.
- Arousal Control – Slowly inhale. Slowly exhale.
This technique can be applied in different contexts, such as when your life is at threat or when the sweets aisle from the supermarket is threatening your waistline.
Thanks to Cristi Vlad for this article and brain image