Train Your Brain Using the Navy SEAL Mental Toughness Program
A strong mind is our biggest asset. It's encouraging to see validation concerning the effectiveness of positive self-talk, visualization, and slow breathing from neuroscientists when training Navy SEALS. We can follow the same "Mental Toughness Program" to strengthen the mind.
Lt. Michael Murphy was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2005 after leading a four-man SEAL team on a reconnaissance mission, according to a Navy report. After coming under fire from approximately 50 insurgents, Murphy knowingly exposed himself to enemy fire so he could transmit a signal requesting immediate assistance for his team. Murphy and two of the other SEALs died in the firefight, though the fourth member, Marcus Luttrell, survived.
On his last tour to Vietnam, at the age of 23, Navy SEAL Michael Thornton heroically saved the life of his senior officer on an intelligence gathering and prisoner capture operation. The small team of two Navy SEALs and three South Vietnamese commandos was discovered by a larger North Vietnamese Army force, and a fierce firefight ensued. SEAL LT Thomas Norris, who had himself earned the Medal of Honor just months earlier, was shot in the face and believed dead.
Navy SEAL Adam Brown was killed in action in Komar Province, Afghanistan on March 16, 2010. Adam Brown's story is one of redemption, strength, determination and especially faith. He overcame many extreme hurdles by the grace of God and rose all the way to SEAL Team 6. Eric Blehm wrote a book on Brown called "Fearless." It is worth reading.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall Died August 6, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 32, of Shreveport, La.; assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team; died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.