As a US Navy SEAL, winning isn’t merely about achieving victory in a specific mission; it’s about embracing a mindset that prioritizes excellence over mediocrity in every aspect of life. It’s about choosing to be awesome rather than settling for the ordinary.

To win with this mindset requires a relentless commitment to personal growth and improvement. It starts with recognizing that greatness is not an accident but a result of intentional effort and dedication. Every day presents an opportunity to push boundaries, challenge limits, and strive for excellence in everything we do.

As a Navy SEAL, this commitment to excellence is ingrained in our training and ethos. We don’t just aim to meet the standard; we exceed it. Whether it’s mastering new skills, honing our physical fitness, or sharpening our mental acuity, we embrace the challenge of constant improvement and refuse to settle for anything less than our best.

But winning with this mindset isn’t just about individual achievement; it’s also about fostering a culture of excellence within our team. We inspire and support each other to reach new heights, pushing beyond our comfort zones and lifting each other up along the way. Through teamwork and collaboration, we amplify our collective potential and achieve outcomes that surpass what any of us could accomplish alone.

Moreover, winning with this mindset requires resilience in the face of adversity. We understand that setbacks and failures are inevitable, but we refuse to let them define us. Instead, we see them as opportunities for growth and learning, using them to fuel our determination and drive to become even better than before.

Ultimately, winning with the mindset of choosing to be awesome over mediocre is about embracing a philosophy of continuous improvement and refusing to settle for anything less than our full potential. It’s about pushing ourselves beyond what we thought possible, inspiring those around us to do the same, and leaving a legacy of excellence that endures long after our missions are complete.

During my time at BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training), this mindset was put to the test in a profound way. Amidst the grueling challenges and intense competitions, there was one boat crew that consistently outshined the rest. It wasn’t because they possessed superhuman strength or unparalleled skill. No, what set them apart was their unwavering commitment to excellence and their refusal to accept anything less than victory.

Witnessing their success was a revelation for me. I realized that winning wasn’t just about physical prowess; it was about mindset. It was about choosing to push beyond perceived limits and embrace the discomfort of growth. Inspired by their example, I made a conscious decision to adopt the same mindset of relentless determination.

From that moment on, everything changed. I approached each training evolution with renewed focus and determination. I pushed myself harder, refused to settle for mediocrity, and embraced the discomfort of pushing beyond my comfort zone.

As a result, my performance improved, and so did that of my team. Together, we became a force to be reckoned with, pushing each other to new heights of excellence and achieving victories that once seemed out of reach.

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a challenging event alongside four other SEALs, facing off against a team of five bodybuilders. The competition was intense, pushing us to our limits both physically and mentally. However, fueled by our unwavering commitment to excellence and teamwork, we rose to the occasion and finished strong. It was a testament to the power of the Navy SEAL mindset of choosing to be awesome, and the video captures the spirit of our triumph. Check it out by clicking on this link:

In the end, my journey through BUD/S taught me that winning isn’t just about talent or luck—it’s about mindset. It’s about choosing to be awesome, both individually and as a team, and refusing to settle for anything less than our full potential. And as I continue my journey as a Navy SEAL, I carry that mindset with me, knowing that it’s the key to achieving greatness in every aspect of life.