They yelled at us to get into bed quickly. We were made to take off our boots and get into our sleeping bags. It was 11.40pm during week 3 of my Commando selection course and I had a sneaking suspicion the night was not over.
20 minutes later the screaming commenced. We were ordered out of our beds, to dress in battle PT equipment and to form up on the road just outside of the tents we were ‘sleeping’ in.
This saying is synonymous with fitness facilities, martial arts studios and, in particular, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) clubs. It’s a great saying and great advice, but reading it is one thing and implementing it quite another.
Motivation is fickle. It comes and goes and is a key element that separates those who are successful in their endeavours and those who give up.
Sometimes you have no trouble jumping out of bed at 5am, sprinting to the gym and smashing yourself in a killer session. You’re so motivated you can bang out a 5,000 word assignment without a break, finish your quarterly bookkeeping or clean the entire house without complaining.
Recently I put a post on Facebook regarding a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competition I entered at the weekend. It was all about challenging yourself when you’re not fully prepared and I wanted to explain it a little further.
I wrote a short post recently on Facebook where I talked about my first experience contracting in Iraq.
Rocking up to Baghdad airport without much of a clue as to what was going on, being met by an overweight American who was profusely sweating and extremely anxious, my foray into private security contracting started nervously.
The following article is a piece I wrote up after I came back from Afghanistan. People were always asking if it was tough over there with the equipment, conditions and bad guys. This answers that question, but also gives you an insight into why circumstance can bring out the best and force you to be mentally strong.