5 secrets of the Navy Seals that make you more successful

We all know what we have to do to achieve our goals. But we also know that 80% of people give up after a very short time. This can be seen particularly well in the New Year's resolutions that 80% give up very fast. Why is this so? What can we do to keep on track? What if 5 simple steps keep you focused till you finally reached your goals? In this blog I will reveal 5 secrets of the Navy Seals, which will also help you to achieve your goals

There are some points that prevent us from achieving our set goals. For some this may be a lack of persistence while others are simply overwhelmed by the variety of possible options. It can be difficult for new leaders to set the right priorities while seeing how the competitor who keeps the focus is taking over more and more market share. The result is that often 80% and more of business goals are not achieved on time, resulting in high costs. Statistics also show that

  • 57% of projects are finished within initial budget
  • 52% of projects finished within their initial scheduled times

(Reference https://www.statista.com/statistics/985159/projects-completed-percentage-worldwide/)

The NAVY SEALS are the elite soldiers of the USA. When they go on mission, they have 5 simple steps to ensure the mission is secured: knowing what the outcome is, know the reason why, chunking into tangible pieces, support others and ask for help if needed.

Step 1 – know what you want

The first step is you need to know what you want. This may sound very corny first, but it is super important. In my experience, it is often the case that people who start a new project or get into a role do not know what they actually want. However, this first step is extremely important, because only those who know what they want have a clear goal in mind.

Step 2 – know your why

In the second step you should definitely know your why. Why are you doing this? Why the heck do you want to go to all the work to get this particular outcome. If you know your why, your chances of success are much higher.

Step 3 – chunk it into pieces

If you want everything at once, you will not succeed. That's why the Navy Seals use the technique of chunking everything into small pieces. The recipe for success is to approach the set goal step by step and set intermediate goals.

Step 4 – ask for help

Sometimes it's hard to ask for help. But there's a lot of things we do not have knowledge of, so we need external support. Consultants, leaders, colleagues or external advisors can support you with their expertise.

Step 5 – help others

Last but not least you also need to support others in your transition. Let me give you an example from my own live: couple of years ago I did my second marathon. And I went through the same steps. I know exactly what I wanted, I knew my why because I want to be an example for my clients and wanted to show them that everything is possible, I chunked it into little pieces and I had external support from a personal trainer and mentor who helped me in the preparation for the run. During the race that I did together with a friend I said: "It's too difficult, everywhere in my body are pain points ". My friend did the same he said “Roel can we stop because my back hurts”. And I was just saying “We have to help each other so we can go the last 12 kilometers”. And so we did. It's important that you help other people in your own transition.

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