I started reading a book called Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzler, and the basic premise is a guy that allows a navy seal to live in his house and be his personal trainer for a month. And although I am only a couple of chapters in, what is very relevant in this book is the navy seal’s “No-Bullshit” attitude.
What I realized was how much bullshit we allow into our lives without even noticing. How many times a day do we take the easy way out die to an automatic excuse that our brain produces? We accept our excuses so automatically that we forget that we are accepting anything, and that we are actually weakening ourselves.
Today, I woke up at 5:30 am. It has been more than a week since I have woken up this early. I have been slipping on my sleep schedule unintentionally, or without notice, because of how tired I was in the mornings. But today, when I woke up, as soon as I was about to go back to sleep, I remembered the navy seal’s voice from the book, and it said to me, “Don’t give yourself that bullshit. Get up”.
Although it took me a couple of resisting turns and sways in my bed, I got up.
One of the biggest hurdles to self-improvement is your inner voice, because when you start to hurt and get lazy, the first thing that will pop-up to get in your way is your inner voice. It will tell you to take a rest, and will not shut up until you do. This is where you have to start with your self-improvement. You have to change your inner voice?
SO how do you do that?
You start with purposeful inner talking. Talk to yourself. Do not allow any bullshit while you are talking to yourself. You are your own master, talk like it. Now of course this voice will be a switch in your head that will only turn on when you are talking, and will turn off as soon as you stop, but if you keep at it, the voice will slowly leak into your subconscious. It took months of exposure for me to see even a little bit of that voice leak out naturally.
So besides talking to yourself that way, here are a couple of other things that you should do.
- Immerse yourself with people with the inner voice that you are looking for.
I know you know some badasses do not take any slack. Go hang out with them.
- Podcasts. Listen to Jocko Willink’s podacsts. He is not known for taking slack.
- Read. Read of the great heroes, legends, fighters, thinkers, individuals who overcame their weaknesses and turned them into strengths.
Just try to immerse yourself in every way imaginable. Conquer yourself. You will not regret it. No bullshit.
It’s that simple,