You Can Do More
There haven't been too many books I've read that make me feel as soft as the one I read this weekend.
My client, Don Zerivitz, gave me it to me. It's called, Living with a Seal, by Jesse Itzler. I enjoyed it so much, I couldn't put it down the entire weekend.
The book was entertaining, hilarious (like I was laughing out loud), but more than anything made me realize just how low most of us are shooting when it comes to tapping into our potential.
The base of the story is an entrepreneur hires a Navy Seal, considered "The Toughest Man on Earth," to train and live with him for 30 days. During this month, the SEAL does just about anything and everything to get him WAY outside of his physical and mental comfort zones.
To put it simply, after thirty days, they logged (because the SEAL did everything with him), 225.5 miles run, 6488 push ups, 236 pull ups, 957 sit-ups, 200 burpees, 800 jumping jacks, 50 box jumps, 150 flutter kicks, and 14 fireman carries. And this was just the physical part. They also did most of this outside in the winter in New York City where temperatures were often below 20 degrees.
Some of the best quotes, by the SEAL, are at the beginning of each chapter. As you read these I believe you'll be able to get a sense of who Itzler was dealing with.
"I like to sit back and enjoy the pain, I earned it."
"I don't do s&%# for applauses. I don't do s&%# for fanfare. I do s&%# for me."
"I don't think about yesterday. I think about today and getting better."
"It doesn't have to be fun. It has to be effective."
"If it doesn't suck, we don't do it."
"If you want to be pushed to your limits, you have to train to your limits."
"Everyday is a challenge, otherwise it's not a regular day."
"If you can't do the basics, you can't do s&%#."
"You can get through any workout because everything ends."
"Don't get too comfortable. Ever."
"You can always keep going."
"If you're hungry, run faster. You'll be home quicker."
"The tougher conditions, the more I like my odds."
"If you don't challenge yourself, you don't know yourself."
"I don't stop when I'm tired, I stop when I'm done."
"The only easy day was yesterday."
Itzer said the most important thing he learned from the SEAL was, "the level of appreciation he has for difficulty. The harder the training, the more courage it took to do and the more satisfaction was derived from it. SEAL taught me that you only get one shot at life and you should find out what's in your reserve tank. Coasting is for pu#$#% and It's when you dig deep that you feel most alive."
We can all do more. We can all learn to embrace more challenge, except it, search for it, and make it a practice to force ourselves out of our comfort zones everyday. The levels at which you do this is the levels at which you grow.