Each of us is interested in balance in our lives, either in balancing relationships with work, work with fitness, or all things and spirituality. How do we balance the multiple interests we have, when we cannot even excel in the small things we do each day? It's not easy and it takes dedication.
After 23 years as a Navy SEAL and two years transitioning into the nebulous business world, this is my approach to balancing it all. It starts with the ethos of a Navy SEAL, which is easily summed up in the motto: “Never quit.” But there is so much more behind this phrase than you might realize.
Quitting is so pervasive in today's world, that very few people actually engage in mastering the benefits surrounding “quitting.” SEALs learned long ago that to be truly successful, you must face the depths of failure, and the cause of all failure is quitting.
Take an honest look at your physical capacity, intellectual facility, wealth accomplishments, relationship endeavors, and finally, your spiritual life. Notice both the small things you have quit on in each, and the big things you have not been able to accomplish.
Now, stop when you get to five things because honestly the list will go on and on and on.
What would your life actually be like if you mastered quitting? I often wonder, because after encountering quitting in my own life and being pushed in SEAL training to push beyond quitting, I see and interact with all aspects of life very differently than those around me.
To master quitting, I ask you to stop avoiding the things you are afraid of, or simply to stop avoiding quitting. I want you to face a fear of anything you have and safely realize that fear. By safely, I mean go through the process internally, to the point where you are actually feeling the fear. Go through the mental process of experiencing that exact thing.
Here are the steps to do it: