Paradoxical intention SOF mental training

Paradoxical Intention: A Look into SOF Selection Mental Training

By Craig Weller / December 6, 2021 / 1 Comment

SOF selection requires that you develop a close relationship with pain. This doesn’t just mean lots of dramatic grimacing for the camera. Eventually, successful experiences teach you that pain can be just a signpost along a familiar path. It tells you something about where you are, but it’s not a stop sign or even a […]

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How to change your relationship with pain and fatigue

How to Change your Relationship with Pain and Fatigue

By Craig Weller / November 8, 2021 / 0 Comments

“How to Change your Relationship with Pain and Fatigue” by Craig Weller Take away your opinion, and then there is taken away the complaint, “I have been harmed.” Take away the complaint, “I have been harmed,” and the harm is taken away. Marcus Aurelius, 121 AD – 180 AD The common – and outdated – […]

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Unlearning Fear

By Jonathan Pope / October 25, 2021 / 0 Comments

* The process outlined in this article isn’t a replacement for working with a skilled mental health practitioner. If you have deep underlying trauma or emotional regulation challenges you should seek the help of a professional. This article is intended for anyone learning to confront and overcome rational fears based on difficult, but not overwhelming […]

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How to use stress to your advantage by changing your stress mindset

How to Use Stress to Your Advantage: Stress Mindset

By Craig Weller / October 11, 2021 / 1 Comment

We don’t perform at our best or live to our fullest by simply eliminating stress. Our stress responses are what enable us to focus and perform. Stress pushes through difficult situations and, in the right amounts, enhances our ability to think and learn. Periodic physiological stressors are important not just for physical fitness, but also […]

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On Motivation

By Craig Weller / September 27, 2021 / 1 Comment

Everyone wants to know the ‘secret’ to motivation. Like most topics, this isn’t as simple as repeating cliches like ‘just don’t quit’ or ‘stay hard’. These sayings can be useful as simple reminders of more complex concepts, but only if you understand the underlying process and skills that lead to that outcome. Without those underlying […]

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Back in the Box

By Craig Weller / September 21, 2021 / 1 Comment

In the footnotes of one of his books, Dr. Robert Sapolsky includes a note on people with “Type A” tendencies and the effects of their chronically activated stress responses. He writes: “I listened to this sermon, called Back in the Box, by the Reverend John Ortberg. It concerns an incident from his youth. His grandmother, […]

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Honest Dogs: Mental Patterns Favored in SOF Selection

By Craig Weller / July 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

Dogsled mushers, the people who race with sled dogs in events like the Iditarod in Alaska, use the term “honest dogs.”   Some sled dogs will put just enough pressure into the harness to appear to be working while they’re actually taking a break. “Honest dogs” throw their full weight into the straps no matter […]

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By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

Visualization, like segmenting, is exactly what it sounds like – the practice of mentally rehearsing something before you do it.  Researchers use the acronym PETTLEP to break down the components of a visualization exercise that should be accounted for: Physical, Environment, Task, Timing, Learning, Emotion and Perspective [1,2].  Skills are contextual. When you’re practicing something […]

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stress inoculation through cold water exposure

Stress Inoculation in Practice: Cold Water Exposure

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

“It is according to opinion that we suffer.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca One of the main things setting special operators apart from those with less rigorous training is that they don’t break down as much when things go sideways.  It’s not so much that they possess amazing YouTube trick shooting skills, it’s that they don’t […]

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Self Talk

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

We’ve all got a running commentary in our heads throughout much of the day–scientists call it an “internal monologue”. During intensely challenging workouts or events in selection you’ll find out just how loud this voice can get, and it’s totally inescapable. It can be a force for good or an agent of your destruction. Learning […]

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