Wednesday, March 7, 2012

From a Real SEAL

On Being A Warrior

The following is a section of an article written by a former Navy SEAL named Mark Divine who runs a fitness program called SEAL Fit (  These are his thoughts on being a warrior:

You don't have to join the Navy and become a SEAL to develop a warrior mind set and operate at a level of awareness and power that is uncommon.

The term "WARRIOR" comes with a lot of baggage. Many assume that one has to be a "combat fighter" to be a warrior. Certainly most elite military and first response "sheepdogs" (there is an upcoming post on ‘sheepdogs’) are true warriors and walk the talk.

However, many others develop the same level of fitness, awareness and offensive mind set as these combat oriented warriors. But they serve in a peaceful manner. I have seen it repeatedly in my SEALFIT training classes. Most of these trainees were in their 40's!

The path of the warrior will call you when you are ready.

If you dreamed about being a Green Beret or Navy SEAL from the age of 10, then it is likely that the warrior path called you for a role as a combat warrior. Whether you acted on it is another thing.

If you were propelled into a purpose driven career having nothing to do with the art of war, yet find the values, nuanced code of honor, team camaraderie, physical readiness and mind set of the combat warrior compelling, then now is the time to start your training.

Those of us who have been on elite teams and lived the life of a combat warrior often take for granted the enormous amount of experience, equipment, supplies, systems and structure involved in the grooming of the skills and cultivation of the warrior mind. For a SEAL, it is five years before you are considered at the top of your game, and you are still a new guy at that. The training is continuous, professionally delivered, cutting edge and critical to mission success. The mental development is part and parcel of your job. It just happens.

How can a business professional, medical professional, non-profit executive, or stay at home dad or mom develop these same mental skills without leaving it all behind to join the military?

It starts with how you define yourself and your role in life. Choosing a warrior's path can be a lonely and painful road. It takes discipline, courage and staying power. It is a lifetime of self-mastery and service. These are easily defined as: “My passion - My Purpose - My Principals”.

Read his entire article here: