Learning from the book- Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. Book Summary

  • David Goggins is the personification of grit. He finished the first week of Navy Seal training on two broken legs, completed a 135‐mile run in Death Valley & attempted the pull‐up world record three times.
  • Here are three guiding principles Goggins used to push past the pain and accomplish those extraordinary feats of endurance. You can use these 3 principles to develop ‘Goggins‐Level‐Grit’ and unlock your full potential:
  • 1. Callous Your Mind:
  • As Goggins trained to break the pull‐up world record, the friction between his hands and the pull‐up bar formed thick callouses on his palms. These callouses hardened his skin and blunted the pain.
  • The same principle applies to your mind. When you create mental friction by going against your innate need for comfort and thrust yourself into intense intellectual challenges, you callous over your fear of discomfort.
  • Doing things-even small things-that make you uncomfortable will help make you strong. And soon you’ll develop a more productive, can‐do dialogue with yourself in stressful situations.
  • 2.Remember the 40% Rule
  • Sadly, most of us give up when we’ve only given around 40 percent of our maximum effort. Even when we feel like we’ve reached our absolute limit, we still have 60 percent more to give! That’s the governor in action!
  • Once you know that to be true, it’s simply a matter of stretching your pain tolerance, letting go of your identity and all your self‐limiting stories, so you can get to 60 percent, then 80 percent and beyond without giving up
  • The next time you feel exhausted, remember the 40% rule: When your mind tells you you’re done you’re only 40% done. Dig deep, find your 60% reserve and extract it 5% at a time.
  • 3. Dip into Your Cookie Jar
  • Goggins first ultramarathon was a 100‐mile run around a mile track. At mile 70, his kidneys started failing, he’d broken all the small bones in his feet and lost every toenail.
  • The pain was unbearable. At that moment, he reached into his mental cookie jar and pulled out a cookie (memory of perseverance).
  • Stock your mental cookie jar with cookies by writing down a list of prior achievements.…When the pain hits and tries to stop you short of your goal, dunk your fist in, pull out a cookie, and let it fuel you
  • “Everything in life is a mind game! Whenever we get swept under by life’s dramas, large and small, we are forgetting that no matter how bad the pain gets, no matter how harrowing the torture, all bad things end.” – David

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