From 300lbs to a Navy SEAL: How to Gain Control of Your Mind and Life | David Goggins
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So I’m all about acknowledging your shortcomings
in life. A lot of people talk about “triple down
on your strengths. Triple down on your strengths and don’t
worry about your shortcomings.” That’s a whole new thing I’m hearing right
now. Maybe it’s not new, but it’s new to me
because I’m not out there really listening to all this stuff. That’s the quickest way to never grow. To never grow. If you sit there and have that mentality of
“triple down on what you’re good at” you’re never going to grow. You’re always going to stay the same. Either you’re getting better or you’re
getting worse. So one thing that helped me out a lot when
I was growing up was people always ask me: how do you build mental toughness? Mental toughness—a lot of people have these
classes out here. A class on mental toughness. Positive thinking. Visualization. All these different techniques. Mental toughness is a lifestyle. It’s something that you live every single
day of your life. When I was growing up I was a lazy kid. I was a lazy kid, and everybody goes, “How
did you get to where you’re at today? How did you get to where you’re running
200 miles at one time in 39 hours? Being so disciplined?” It started off, honestly, with recognizing
that my bedroom was dirty. My bed wasn’t made. I lived a sloppy life. So I took very small increments in my life. I started making my bed. I started cleaning my room. There were dishes in the sink. It started off with doing small house chores. I saw that the yard needed to be mowed. So instead of being told it needed to be mowed,
I would mow it. I started doing things, coming outside of
my lazy ways to become better. And for a period of time your brain doesn’t
like it, but it starts to realize: this is a new way of thinking. We are now doing things that we are uncomfortable
doing. We are doing things that we don’t want to
do. So the brain starts to slowly grow. And let’s say you don’t like to get up
early in the morning to go run. I hated it. I still hate it. You do that. You live uncomfortably to gain growth. You have to have friction in your life to
gain growth. And the only way to do that is to make yourself
uncomfortable. And get to the point where instead of running
from the things you don’t want to do, you actually face them and start to gain more
and more growth in your life. So that’s how I approach all those things. Self-talk, for me, has been the biggest thing
in my life. A lot of us have a dialogue that is crap. It’s a crappy dialogue. We live in a world right now that is very
external. Everything is very on the surface. Superficial. Everything. And what we’re telling ourselves is what
we see on TV. It’s what we see on Instagram. It’s what we see on Facebook. And we’re telling ourselves stuff that doesn’t
really penetrate to our core, to the inside of our soul. So our self-talk is like: “What am I going
to wear today? How am I going to look today? I need to act this way today because this
way is cool.” My self-talk became something that actually
made me better. And I had a whole bunch of negative things
in my life. And to get to the self-talk portion of it
first, you have to quiet all of the phones and social media and all the negativity of
the world to get to even hear your own self have a self-talk. You can’t have self-talk if you’re hearing
someone else’s dialogue and what they’re putting out on social media. How they want you to act. How they want you to dress. How they want you to talk. Everything out there is you trying to keep
up with somebody. You’re not trying to find your own self. So you have to clear away all the crap. And how you clear away the crap to even get
to your self-talk is you have to get all of the noise of all the crap of the world out
of your head. So I call it going to a dark place. You have to get the noise out. Quiet your mind down. Get all the static out before you can even
have a real conversation with yourself. And that self-talk, a lot of times it’s
very negative because of all the stuff we see on TV, all the stuff we see on social
media. You have to create a positive dialogue. There’s something I do that—I have a demonstration. I make somebody very strong and I can make
them very weak within three seconds. I put self-talk, my own voice, in their subconscious. And I do something to them that makes them
very weak. And they wonder how in the world do you do
this. I do it because I’m putting my own dialogue
in your head. I’m telling a person that “you’re insecure”. I’m telling a person that “you’re weak”
and I’m able to make this person almost—they have no strength. And the I give it right back to them. And all day long we are feeding ourselves
the wrong self-talk. It’s negative self-talk. So all day long I’m putting the positive
self-talk in my subconscious. I’m making sure that I’m walking around
all day long giving myself the proper fuel to attack the world. That’s why I work out hard every day. I work out hard every day because I know the
first thing in the morning, what I do is I clean my room, I clean my house, I go for
a run, I work out. I want to win the war in the morning. Because the second I leave my house, the second
you look at your phone, the second you turn the TV on you’re in a battle. All this negativity is coming at you. But if you’re able to fuel yourself in the
morning, win the war in the morning so you have the strength to face what you’re going
to face in the world. The world is going to come at you with lefts
and rights. You have to have the right kind of mentality,
and that starts by not hitting the snooze button. It starts by waking up. No, you don’t want to do it, but that gives
you the strength—because you did it. If you do something you don’t want to do
every morning you’re already giving yourself the proper self-talk. You’re already giving yourself the proper
dialogue to attack the people that don’t like you. To attack your insecurities. To attack what the world is going to give
you. So self-talk comes from belief in yourself. If you give yourself self-talk, positive self-talk,
but you don’t believe it, it’s not going to come true. You have to put the work behind what you’re
saying and believe what you’re saying to yourself for that self-talk to become a reality
in your subconscious. So now no matter what anybody says to you,
no matter what you hear, you know the truth and you’re living through the truth, and
no one can penetrate that. No one. So one thing I developed in my life going
through hard times is the cookie jar. The cookie jar is—all of us have a story;
we’ve all overcome so many things in our lives. But we forget them. And a lot of times we don’t spend enough
time reflecting back on our lives realizing how great we truly are. We go through something, we put it back and
we go on. And life is going to always challenge us,
always challenge us. And during that challenging moment we panic. We forget who we truly are. That cookie jar that I designed for my brain
is something that in that one second of panic, we lose our mind and we also lose how far
we’ve come in life. You take that one second, go through your
cookie jar, grab something in your mind. Look at it, read it, open it up. “Oh, I was in three Hell Weeks. I graduated two of them.” That’s a cookie. It reminds yourself just how hard you are
and it puts you right back into the right frame of mind to overcome whatever is in front
of you. And usually whatever is in front of you isn’t
as big as you make it out to be. We start to make these very small things enormous
because we allow our minds to take control and go away from us. We have to regain control of our mind, and
that’s what the cookie jar is: is gaining control of a situation that isn’t that big. Most situations in life aren’t that big. And if they are that big usually we can find
the strength to handle them just through having the right mental process. The 40 percent rule is something I designed
also when I was growing up. I realized, when I was almost 300 pounds and
I lost all the weight to become a Navy SEAL, I realized that I could have lived the rest
of my life being a 300-pound person, never knowing what was truly inside of me. I could have been happy with that person. I was living at about 40 percent. Maybe not even 40 percent. So in life—it’s like a car. A lot of cars have governors on them. A governor is something where, let’s say
the speedometer says 130 miles an hour. You put a governor on a car, it may only go
91 miles an hour because that governor stops that car from going 130. We do the same thing to our brain. When our brain starts to go through suffering,
when our brain starts to go through pain or starts to go through insecurities, when we
start to feel uncomfortable with ourselves, our brain gives us a way out. And that way out is usually quitting or taking
the easier route. If we’re able to look at ourselves and face
whatever we’re running from, you start to gain more percent on top of that 40. You start to realize okay, you start to slowly
take that governor off your brain. We can do a lot more than we think. At work, a lot of us have a horrible mentality
at work. We go to work. We put all these negative things in our brains
and it starts to cap our potential. We cap our potential by saying we’re giving
100 percent. No one is really giving 100 percent. Usually you’re giving 40 percent because
that governor is stopping you. You feel pain, you feel suffering, you feel
discomfort, you stop right there. Everybody has a wall in their mind. It’s a wall, and it stops us from going
further. Most walls have a door or a window. You have to find that. You have to have the courage to find that. And once you open that door or that window
you’ll realize how much further you can go. And you’re going to continue hitting doors
and windows along this journey but you have to have the courage to open them up to get
to that 100 percent. So it’s all about having the courage and
realizing that we have a governor. We have to push past that governor and past
your own mind games.

34 thoughts on “From 300lbs to a Navy SEAL: How to Gain Control of Your Mind and Life | David Goggins

  1. He is an Excellent motivational speaker even I've only just discovered him. Extremely passionate, real. There is no way you can fake this. He absolutely walks the talk, and way beyond most

  2. Absolute love this video. Developing my mentality, Everything I’m going through in my transformation now. Truly the only limit in life is our own self!

  3. Shots fired to Gary Vee maan, he will never outwit Gary Vee never he is a slick motherfucker he knows what he is talking about.

  4. "Win the war in the morning so you have the strength to face what you are going to face in the world." David Goggins. #MindBlown

  5. Really not sure how I got on to this site but if someone can tell me how to get these constant thoughts of my ex gf out of my head I’d be great full, no matter what I do she’s with me, I’ve just done a 10.000ft parachute jump first time ever my ex is with me, if I go for a 5 mile walk around a nature conservation area she’s with me, if I go to watch me son play football she’s with me, work she’s with me, go on my motorbike she’s with me, how can I reprogram my mind so I stop thinking about her, because if she comes back to me I’ll need to be stronger than I am now, the reason we split up was her 78 year old mum has been diagnosed with leukaemia…

  6. I have found a proverb in my bible years ago and as I discovered Googins I have been strucked by understanding: "Order your dreams/"projects" to God, and God will shape your minds to find your way". Translated analogously. Thank you Googins and thank to all the American people out there who bring inspiration and understanding in my life. God bless America!!!

  7. So Goggins I have a challenge for you. You want to grow? Do something thats really uncomfortable. Do Nothing for 1 week! See how mentally tough you are!

  8. Incredable eye opening talk, David is a great example that hard work pays off. The more effort you put into working on weeknesses the stronger you will become.

  9. Dropping wisdom , love this man such a amazing wonderful soul his book beats any self help book out here ❤️🙏

  10. The miles… 10x the usual marathon. Good for you no more need to consume fossil fuels in a vehicle anymore if you can do that.

  11. i think it all comes down to genetics if it ain't in your genes you're fucked doesn't matter how much motivation you get from these kinda videos.

  12. But what about injury…. Like after passing 40%…INJURIES WILL OCCUR… WHICH MAY BE VERY PAINFULLY And long last

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