Jocko Willink is a retired soldier who now acts as a personal trainer and motivator. His recipe for success is tough but effective. That’s why a horde of fans follows him today. Here is a summary of what you should learn from him. Warning: Jocko is a tough guy.
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Every morning the picture on Instagram from Jocko will go down It’s pretty much the same thing: a huge black and white TIMEX IRONMAN watch that says 4:30 a.m.
DO NOT THINK. ? ?DO. ?
A post shared by Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) on Nov 28, 2017 at 3:53 am PST
The photography is always accompanied by a short but powerful sentence. Almost an order.
DO NOT THINK. DO.
You make time. WALK.
Blah blah blah blah. WORK.
And several thousand likes and at least a hundred comments in each post.
Jocko Willink is a real warrior, a tough guy. He spent 20 years with the United States Army Navy SEALS, fought in Iraq and dealt with really complex situations. After serving as the commander of a SEALS unit in the Battle of Ramadi, he retired and began sharing his experiences as a trainer and personal motivator.
Today he has a horde of supporters.
Although it is not yet known in Mexico and Latin America, it is worth taking a look at its life philosophy to try and become the best version of ourselves based on the fact that surviving in the corporate world is just as difficult can be like doing it on the battlefield.
Here are Jocko Willink’s tips for success:
EVERY SHORT CIRCUIT TO SUCCESS IS A LIE
Those who tell you reaching the top is an easy task are lying to you. The only way is daily, constant and constant exertion. Make no mistake and walk this path today with the absolute wisdom that it will not be easy.
THE ONLY THAT YOU NEED IS SELF-DISCIPLINE
What you need to achieve your goals is to become a student of yourself and that means making a conscious decision to do more, to prepare each day to get better, and not to hesitate any longer. The time to get things done is today and now. So don’t complain and start now.
ERASE YOUR WEAKNESSES
The only way to leave your fears, sadness, and apathy behind is to not allow them to have a voice in your life. You are the one who controls your mind, you are the one who dictates what your own voice tells you. Don’t let your own perception of your weakness guide you. Better be the guide of your own life.
Don’t get your stress out
Stress comes from what you cannot control. You need to get rid of the things that don’t depend on you and learn to put things in perspective. Read books by people who have gone through really complex situations and realize how lucky you are to be where you are. Open your eyes and learn to make chaos your ally.
I AM WEAK. BUT I don’t accept
If you think you can’t take it anymore when your whole body tells you it is time to give up, use the power of your mind to extinguish those ideas. Tell yourself this is not over and that you will not stop until the end. Don’t listen to the voices that tell you it’s okay to give up, it’s okay to fail. You will be surprised at the force your own words have on your will. So don’t stop, go on and fight to the end.
WAKE UP EARLY
Discipline is acquired before the sun rises, and to be ready tomorrow one must go to bed early this morning. Before going to bed, make a list of the activities you will be participating in the next day. Start your journey knowing exactly what you want to achieve. Start the day with physical activity, it will be good for you. Take a few 6-8 minute naps with your feet up throughout the day. You will feel refreshed.
If you want to take a break, leave it until tomorrow
When you feel it is time for a break, postpone it until tomorrow. Actually, it’s the only thing you should put off. Focus today on what you need to do, what you need to achieve … tomorrow (which will never come) there will be plenty of time to rest.
TATTOO YOUR DREAM ON YOUR MIND
Talk about it, write it down, draw it in your soul in permanent ink and most importantly, do something every day to get closer to it. While this action may seem small and insignificant, it actually helps you get closer to it.
NOTE: Jocko Willink is the author of Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Lead Leads And Wins (2015), Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual (2017), The Way Of The Warrior Kid (2017), and soon The Way Of The Warrior Child: The New Recruit (2018). He also has a podcast on leadership topics.