United States Navy SEAL Team 6 Mental Toughness:
Your Quick Application to Finding a Job
1) Goal Setting. Before Navy SEAL's go into their dangerous missions they have a clear goal in mind. Likewise, you must have a job goal if you are to conduct an effective job search campaign. You cannot set out on your quest for employment looking for just anything. If you do, you will find yourself wandering through your job search wasting a lot of time and effort. Employers will quickly discern that you do not know what you want. This is very dangerous and a waste of time. It is comparable to a soldier using a new battle technology without knowing its features. A good soldier clearly know the mission objectives and are prepared for it. They know that opportunity and success comes to those who are prepared. You must do the same. You need to target your job search campaign to those employers who need your skills and can offer you the opportunities you are seeking.
2) Visualization. "Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world." - Emerson
Before the Team SEAL Six attacked Osama Bin Laden hideout, they build a detailed mockup of the hideout and they practiced at the mockup structure ceaselessly. The purpose of visualization is to simulate reality and prepare your mind in any eventuality. Creative visualization essentially requires you to visualize whatever it is you want to create in your life. Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. A positive mind that anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds. Below are the steps to your creative visualization for landing your right job:
a) Think about and write down all the details of the job you want
b) believe you already work there
c) practice your visualizations as soon as you wake up and before going to sleep
d) the best thing to do is to practice your visualization as often as you can.
3) Self-talk. In any endeavor there is always a chance of failure but failure is a part of the process in achieving one's goal. But in such situation where your life is at stake failure is not an option, second-place is the first loser. There can only be one winner. Self-talk is what you need to motivate yourself if this kind of set-backs comes. Self-talk is the running dialogue that goes on inside a person's head. It is usually in the form of actual words, although self-talk sometimes takes the form of pictures or concepts. Self-talk impacts performance by directly affecting attitude, which the directly affects behavior. Behavior is what you can control. Therefore, behavior defines whether you win or lose. The gap between good and great is wide; to make that leap you must do what is difficult. Most of the time the difficult is also the most satisfying. You must learn the effective patterns of self-talk.
Self talk sounds like the softer side of a job search, doesn’t it? After all what does self talk have to do with really finding a job? A lot. Self talk affects all job seekers at some time in their hunt, and the longer the search goes on, the more important self talk becomes. Most job seekers know that a job search consists of developing technical skills such as writing a résumé or a curriculum vitae, social networking, implementing self-marketing campaigns and sharpening those interview skills. The internal side of your job search is the other half of the equation.
Below are 5 self-talk techniques you can use when your job search is getting you down, or you feel you’re not making as much progress as you would like.
a). Emotions can be transferable. Self-talk is contagious. Don’t let others contaminate your self-talk with their fear or negativity.
b). Try replacing the word “if” with “when.” For example, “When I land a job in software programming, I look forward to implementing a new plan
c). What the mind harbors the body expresses. Hiring managers can spot a job candidate who has struggled with a long search by their
non-verbal messages as well as the answers. If a job candidate is still feeling resentment by a previous job, those feelings are difficult
d). What you “expect with confidence” tends to materialize. As Henry Ford so eloquently stated that “Whether you think you can or think your
can’t, you’re right.”
e). Refuse to take possession of anything you don’t want in your life. Instead attach yourself mentally and verbally to what you want.
4) Arousal Control. Arousal is simply how much the body is revved up at any particular point in time. Most problems in job interviews revolve round anxiety control and arousal reduction. Emotional arousal has a major affect on performance. For the success of a dangerous mission, SEAL Team Six members find the right level of arousal for their peak performance. This means that they positively psych themselves through-out every mission. Developing skills in controlling your level of arousal like fear, feeling of powerlessness and nervousness can help you prepare well for your task, perform at your peak during the event, and react appropriately to things that happen during the situation.
When you are really wound up, you will feel such bodily sensations as a pounding heart, sweaty palms, muscle tension, vision changes, tightness in the chest, breathing difficulties and dry mouth. In such a state, it is difficult to stay focused and think with relaxed fluidity. There are a number of standard ways to control arousal. Breathing is one method that’s always mentioned. You’ve heard many times, from many people, “Just take some deep breaths.”
Remember the words of Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest warrior in Japanese history. He wrote a haiku about this.
"Under the sword lifted high,
There is hell making you tremble.
But go ahead,
And you have the land of bliss."
5) Pray. Sometimes a sincere prayer helps if not most of the time.
Points to ponder for minds that wander:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
-Matthew 6:33, King James Bible
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
-Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV
Do you see a man skillful in his work?
He will stand before kings;
he will not stand before obscure men.
Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion; for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
A short prayer.
Give me the Opportunity Lord...
Dear God, I place my humble needs before you:
My need to meet my responsibilities in the world.
My need to use my God-given talents and abilities.
My need to fulfill my place here on earth.
I pray for Your guidance now to show me the way
To the perfect opportunity to do what I love,
To do what I can do well, and what will fulfill
My needs financially, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Help me to walk in faith as You show me the way!
Thank You, Lord. Amen!
Good Luck and God Bless! ;-)
*** The above post is written by a former senior officer of the Philippine Army with numerous combat experience in the battlefields of Mindanao as evidenced by bullet and shrapnel scars on his face. Not a PMA graduate but a proud member of the National ROTC Alumni Association (NRAA). A salute to 100 years of ROTC, of Duty well-performed, Honor untarnished, and Country above self.