So many of us live our lives on autopilot. We do the same thing every day: wake up, go to work, come home, and have dinner. Repeat. When I found myself drifting in that direction, I had to make a change. My life and SEAL’s nomadic take-no-prisoners life merging (or should I say colliding) for a period of time is what I needed. It was wild and unexpected. And while I got in the best shape of my life during my time with SEAL, the lessons I learned from him extended way beyond fitness. Here are a few that rubbed off on me:
1. When you think you’re done, you’re only 40 percent done.
2. The harder the challenge, the more alive you feel.
3. You have to be willing to get uncomfortable to get better.
4. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.
5. Enjoy the pain.
Adapted from © 2015 Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler