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By Cade Courtley. Step Up and Help! Give Nothing. What enables someone to carry a pound man up three flights of stairs while taking enemy fire or spend six sleepless days and nights running around with a fractured right leg? What allows a man to break through a door knowing full well there is someone with an assault rifle on the other side trying to kill him?

How is it possible to endure continuous physical abuse and confinement in a three-by-three-foot concrete box without food for more than a week and finish with a smile? Or not only survive exhausting days and nights of subzero temperatures during a blinding blizzard but thrive, coming out harder and stronger? How does one swim seven miles in frigid, whitecapped ocean waters? What makes one voluntarily return time and time again to a war zone? Navy SEALs. President John F. Kennedy created the SEALs in , announcing his plans to do so during the same historic speech in which he promised to put a man on the moon.

The president wanted specialized units to handle extremely dangerous and covert operations and become the elite force for unconventional warfare techniques. Since the creation of the Navy SEALs, they have been involved in thousands of combat missions, first making their name in Vietnam. SEALs were so feared by enemy forces that they were simply known as the men with green faces.

SEALs also served in Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, in addition to conducting numerous highly classified operations in countries not mentioned above.

Recent notable operations include freeing the hijacked captain of the Maersk Alabama, the rescue of American hostages in Somalia, and the killing of Osama bin Laden. The idea was to forge a military unit that could operate effectively in all environments.

Prior to the formation of the SEALs, there were numerous specialized military units, such as the Scouts and Raiders, formed in , nine months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. These guys were trained for stealth and conducted preassault assessments of beachhead landing areas, marked targets, and did whatever it took to make a mission by other forces more successful.

These were amphibious units that went in prior to conventional battles to clear beach obstacles, cut underwater enemy cables, or rig buoys, bridges, or enemy ships with explosives. They were responsible for blowing out fortified German gaps during the Omaha Beach landing, for example, which ultimately led to victory for the Allies.

These men were dropped by parachute behind enemy lines for guerrilla warfare, or donned the first flexible diving masks and fins to attack by sea. The SEALs were formed to create a military force that combined all these varying branches, capable of operating in all environments.

Whether it be the Arctic tundra, the jungles of the tropics, the desert, or the ocean, SEALs are trained to adapt to any variable and carry out everything from top-secret missions to conventional warfare. SEALs perform the most dangerous and oftentimes unimaginable tasks, and they do so with uncompromising principles and resolute loyalty. If you score well on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, and at a minimum swim five hundred yards in under twelve and a half minutes, do forty-two push-ups in two minutes and fifty sit-ups in two minutes, and run one and a half miles in under eleven and a half minutes although much higher scores are required for serious consideration , then you might get a chance to attend training.

The guys who thought it would be cool to be a SEAL because they saw the teams in the movies or wanted to use their SEAL status to pick up chicks last about two days. The ones who make it endure the toughest military training in the world and possess traits in common that include persistence, dedication, and tenacity; quite simply, these men are hard. Once they join their team, they will spend another eighteen months training with their platoon prior to a six-month deployment. So if you are lucky enough to not get injured and make it straight through training, it will be at least thirty-one months before you are a combat-ready Navy SEAL.

I convinced myself there was no backup plan. I would graduate or die trying, even if it took me nine months longer than usual to get through it, since I had broken my leg three times and suffered a fractured skull. I spent the entire six days of Hell Week running on a partially fractured right leg. To say my comfort zone was pushed with every step I took is an understatement.

I did finally graduate as a lieutenant, and everything I learned and endured during training has served me well and kept me alive. As they say in Washington, D. I tell you this not to boast. Those of us who have served in the teams are hesitant to list our trials. I cite the above examples to validate that what I have to offer comes from very real and current experiences. Rather, it comes from someone who has been there, done that, and truly survived. It is the foundation on which everything else is built.

In this book I will teach you the true secret techniques used by Navy SEALs and demonstrate how to significantly enhance your odds of survival in any situation. The real successes and achievements attributed to SEALs are actually due to the way we have trained and conditioned our minds.

I am writing this book to give you the tools needed to think like a SEAL, to adapt rapidly to the unexpected, and to ensure maximum survival. If you follow the advice in this guide, you will significantly reduce your chance of becoming a mere mortality statistic when adversity strikes, and instead become one of the few who will survive.

The world we live in is truly dangerous, but the intent of this book is to empower. It will give you the tools you need to survive in almost any situation, especially the most deadly. No one needs to become a reclusive survival fanatic or live in a paranoid state. We must all be prepared and vigilant, but living scared is not living. Be confident in yourself and the new skills you will learn, and then go on and enjoy every day of your life.

This will take some work, but everything worthwhile does. These are the twin promises of this book:. You will learn how to gain the mental and physical abilities that will enable you to survive a crisis when the time comes. You will learn skills and techniques to give you confidence and freedom in the world now, even if you never are faced with a life-threatening situation.

Many indulge in lifestyles without discipline, preferring the path of least resistance. The overall attitude of the population is geared toward seeking self-centered comfort and convenience. Obesity is at an all-time high, and the trivial distractions that surround us, from video games to our infatuation with trash TV, seem to be designed to make us weaker as a nation, and incidentally unprepared.

No matter your age or the physical condition you are in right now, this is the time to begin a new regimen and develop a mindset that will turn you into a survivor who can live with confidence and freedom in this changing world. The world is a dangerous place and getting more so with each passing day. If you want to make believe that all is just fine, then keep your head in the sand and put this book down right now.

The cold, hard reality is that the vast majority of people are simply not equipped to successfully deal with impending catastrophes, which will claim hundreds or even thousands of lives.

In addition, you must be prepared to face personal dangers from crimes, accidents, and potentially fatal mishaps, which are increasing and will surely get worse in these perilous times. I look forward to the day when this is no longer true. Until then, I will do everything in my power to teach you how to be a survivor and not a statistic.

In this guide, I will provide a step-by-step plan for action to keep you alive during the most deadly circumstances. You know your current comfort zone, defined as the daily routine you do and the things that make you feel secure, content, and in control.

However, most of our daily comfort-zone rituals will leave us unprepared to deal with even the smallest discomfort and will certainly render us incapable of handling an emergency or life-threatening challenge.

Push the boundaries of your comfort zone at least once a day. There are so many opportunities to do this without attempting all at once to become an ultra-marathon runner, although this is a great goal. You must first expand your mind to the possibilities of doing certain things that you previously believed unachievable. Start with small steps and note progress by keeping track; make a list, and check off all the things you do each day to challenge yourself, both physically and mentally.

Ultimately, by expanding your comfort zone you will increase both your physical and mental toughness, which are the keys to survival. I believe that if you first focus on changing small things, you can begin the process of thinking differently, and ultimately achieve the goal of acquiring the SEAL mindset of survival, which will allow you to endure anything. You will quickly see that doing things differently makes you think differently. Observe your current routine and then start by doing simple things another way.

For example, use the stairs instead of the elevator to take you up only a few floors. Climb at a reasonable pace and know that when you reach the top, you have just expanded your comfort zone. Force yourself to meet three new people and learn at least five things about them. If you have to balance your checkbook, leave the calculator in the desk and make your brain complete this task.

Open up the contact list in your phone and memorize five numbers each day. You must seek out ways to expand both mind and body. Start paying attention to how you think about things. If you expand your comfort zone in this manner, you will be better able to do the rest.

If you already exercise or jog, for example, increase your distance or speed. Run that extra mile, or run it a minute faster. Do that one additional push-up. Try holding your breath for a minute, and then try two. When in the shower, after scrubbing down with the warm water you usually prefer, finish the last thirty seconds with a blast of cold water.

By pushing your physical limits, you are also forcing your brain to expand its comfort boundaries, thus gradually making yourself physically and mentally tougher. Now that I am out of the Navy and getting older every day, I continue to push my comfort zone by engaging in activities I did when I was in SEAL team, including skydiving, shooting, climbing, and long swims.

Instead of doing these things in preparation for a mission, I do them not only to maintain these very perishable skills, but also to keep my mind and body sharp—I still push the comfort zone and know that this will allow me to be every bit of the warrior I used to be.

Yet all of these little daily victories will bring us confidence later, especially when our lives depend on it. Here is a visualization I use: I like to imagine that pushing my comfort zone daily is similar to rolling a boulder up a hill.

Expanding the comfort zone on a daily basis will actually make it easier to get that boulder closer to the summit—and to our success or ultimate survival. Did I challenge myself today? Can I do more? Ask yourself, Is my body at a state of readiness that will get me through whatever might come my way?

But imagine when the time comes and those whom you love depend on you.


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