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SEAL Commitment Tactics to be successful during detention

May 29, 2020

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SEAL Commitment Tactics to be successful during detentionSEAL Commitment Tactics to be successful during detention

In my last article (The SEAL guide to the success of this quarantineI introduced you to the acronym REMOTE, which represents the six main actions for indoor operation. Whether you work in a submarine (like me) or in an apartment, these FERN actions not only help you survive, but also help you and your teammates to be successful in these times.

In summary, the first action in REMOTE routine is to develop a structure that focuses on you through physical, professional and personal routines.

The second action is called Engage and before I go into detail I want to share a short story. One of the most well-known training tests of the U.S. Navy’s Navy, Air and Land Command (Navy SEAL) means hell week.

During this week of Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD / S) training, candidates perform all-day exercises spread across three instructor shifts and are denied nearly three hours of sleep a day.

The dropout rate is extremely high this week. It represents approximately 80% of the candidates who drop out. After you have spent Hell Week, you will be assigned a new swimming partner who has also spent Hell Week.

Statistics show that those who remain committed With your swimming partner you have a better chance of surviving the rest of the SEAL training.

You know why? Because when you refer to someone, you connect with them: you form a human connection that can enable you to do more than you originally thought possible. It’s about getting involved connect emotionallynot just electronically.

Don’t confuse “connectivity” with “connection”. Today we have the highest level of connectivity in human history. But do you guess? We have the highest suicide and addiction rates.

When we build a human connection, we feel more connected and begin to shift from selfishness to selflessness. However, this only happens if we commit to really connect with each other.

When we share our ups and downs, when we cry and laugh at our sufferings and joys, when we become transparent and vulnerable, we build bonds that can help us to be unstoppable … together.

Rule 1: Be present

If you work in nearby physical spaces, you can be physically close to the family throughout the day, but it is not as important as being emotionally and mentally close, that is, being present. We have many devices that can distract us. Proactivity is required to be present, e.g. For example, putting your phone in airplane mode or closing your laptop.

When you sit down to eat, turn off TVs, game stations, and smartphones. You will have a lot of time with these devices later. The same focus on family presence also applies to external teammates (those who are not in the same place). Nothing says “I don’t care” more than someone multitasking during a video conference. In fact, your actions are now magnified more than ever.

When we work remotely, the time you spend talking to other people is limited. Therefore, it is important that every moment counts by staying present. Before each virtual meeting, take the time to remove your distractions and collect your thoughts. Your teammates will appreciate your presence and your business too!

Rule 2: Security comes first

The crisis arises when the certainty of our daily life is suddenly replaced by uncertainty. We are in a reactive state and of course we are shifting our focus inward to take stock of our current situation (i.e. we are becoming selfish).

Eye! Now everyone deals with uncertainty differently: what may not be a big deal for you could mean the world to someone else. Try to understand what security means for your colleagues. Security is not a uniform definition. Make knowledge of your security requirements your first priority.

Rule 3: humor, heart and then head

Conducting classified mini-dive missions is exciting, tiring, and terrifying. To improve the mood just before the start of a mission, teammates develop creative ways to make each other laugh.

Just before I went on a particularly exhausting dive, a team mate released the tension by shouting “MIC … kEY … MOUSE”. I laughed and spent the next 12 hours humming this Disney tune to keep calm. .

The point is to use humor to reach people’s hearts. And once you get to their hearts, you can help them argue with the work at hand. There is a lot of humor to share these days and it can be a powerful tool to connect people by relativizing their stress and reminding them that they are not alone.

Participate in every opportunity

The hardest part of remote work is dealing with isolation. We are social beings by nature. Situation-related depression can quickly become noticeable if we are not actively engaged emotionally and mentally.

When you put these three simple rules of engagement into practice, you’ll feel closer and more committed to your family and teammates than ever before. The struggle associated with uncertainty can also make us stronger.

Stay tuned for REMOTE Action # 3. In the meantime, stick to your routine while putting the Engage rules into practice!