Overcoming a Weak Mind

Updated: Jun 23, 2019

I had something entirely different planned for this week’s edition of Warrior Wednesday but something came across my newsfeed that I instantly wanted to share with you.

If you have read some of my previous posts, the name Jocko Willink has been mentioned on a number of occasions. If you are not familiar with him, here’s a quick rundown. Jocko is a Navy Seal veteran of 20 years on the teams, current Jiu-jitsu black belt, and newfound podcaster. He is also the co-author of a leadership book called Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win.

He recently made this Instagram post. If you didn’t click on that link, do so now. Seriously, it will be the best 30 seconds of your day.

He talks about a strategy he uses to overcome a weak mind. “Just shut it down,” he says. Do not allow it to get a vote.

When you find your mind trying to talk yourself out of getting out of bed to make that early training session, or wanting to put off the necessary hard work for something easier, just make the decision that your mind will take a back seat and not have any say on your decision making.

Put your body on autopilot, load that barbell and get to work.

Vary rarely will you start your training session feeling 100%. You will be sore. You will be tired. You will be unmotivated. In those instances, shut your negative thoughts down. Ignore them and get after it.

I encourage you to recognize when your mind is just downright being weak. It happens to the best of us. Don't let those excuses come to fruition. Stop them in their tracks and you will be better off for it. Approach your training sessions like a professional and overcome your weak mind.

That is all for this week.

Again, if you haven’t yet watched that short clip from Jocko, click this link!


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