Today’s inspiration came from reading Tools of Titans.
It’s a book by Tim Ferris, author of the four-hour work week and four-hour body and in it he takes the best interviews from his weekly podcast where he discovers the habits, routines and tactics from the best in business, sport and world class performers.
Last night I was reading his interview with a top Navy SEAL Jocko Willink.
Like many people in the book I have never heard of this guy but his story and mantras really hit home. One paragraph that stood out for me was headed ‘If you want to be tougher, be tougher’. He went on to explain that if you want to be tougher mentally, it’s simple: Be tougher. Don’t meditate on it!
Tim added that one of his listeners – a drug addict – heard this and it helped him get sober after many failed attempts. This simple logic is more than acting the big strong guy or girl – its more about making the decision to be tougher.
We can all use this mantra in everyday life especially when it comes to our health and fitness. It’s possible to immediately ‘be tough’ starting with your next decision. If you’re having trouble saying no to a biscuit with your tea or saying no to dessert, just be tougher.
If you make the choice to be tougher in your decision making, then there is no stopping you.
Once I read this paragraph I recalled so many times that if I was tougher I could have done it, and I’m sure you are the same.
So the next time you’re in the gym and you say you can’t do another rep or you’re going to skip the gym all together then just be tougher.
The next time your alarm goes off and you want an extra lie-in that you can’t afford because you’re already late, then make the decision to be tougher.
I started my toughness decision the morning after reading Jocko’s interview.
I set my alarm a few hours earlier and forced myself to get up and attack the day and before I knew it I had completed a number of tasks (this article being one of them) before the original time I was meant to get up.
The whole point of this mantra is that it doesn’t matter how big or small you start. If you want to be tougher, be tougher.