By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 3 Comments

A little-appreciated fact about selection is that a surprising amount of the quitting happens on a Sunday night or Monday morning, not in the middle of training evolutions. That’s right, GI Jane was a lie. It’s not the immediate prospect of doing push-ups for another hour that really messes with your head, it’s reflecting in […]

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Quit Tomorrow

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 1 Comment

“Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius Most people have heard sayings like “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.” This is one of the advantages of belonging to […]

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Events, Beliefs, and Consequences

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

“Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.”  Marcus Aurelius  One of the universally desirable traits across selection courses is what psychologists call low neuroticism. This doesn’t mean being dead inside or emotionless. The best translation would be “high emotional stability.” It’s the ability to self-monitor your emotional responses and […]

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By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

Take away thy 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, Meditations Compartmentalization is the practice of mentally setting things aside that are unnecessary or counterproductive to your immediate purpose.  Think of a soldier […]

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A Pair of Boots

By Craig Weller / January 30, 2021 / 3 Comments

I was still 17 when I enlisted in the Navy. My parents had to sign the enlistment paperwork for me since I wasn’t of legal age. This wasn’t without some resistance. I could have become a doctor. Or a lawyer. These are the two jobs that are supposed to be in your future when you’re […]

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Secondary Emotions

By Craig Weller / October 21, 2020 / 2 Comments

Regardless of your occupation, self-regulation is a key component of resilience and performance under stress.    Self-regulation has an immediate effect, in that it helps you direct your cognitive function and make better decisions in difficult situations.  In the medium-term, it helps to modulate circadian rhythms, prevent burnout, and manage energy and recovery.  And, in […]

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More Carry Weight

More Carry Weight: Find Your “Why”

By Craig Weller / September 14, 2020 / 1 Comment

By: Craig Weller I was in Nepal a long time ago, on a trail in the Himalayas. I had stopped to rest on an overlook, following a steep climb up to a village. A Sherpa stopped at the same spot, carrying a basket stacked with sacks of rice. We sat and talked for a bit, […]

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By Craig Weller / July 20, 2020 / 0 Comments

By: Jon Pope “On the occasion of any accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use.” – Epictetus   The current situation has affected everyone in one way or another.   Some people have had their lives upended.  Others may be only slightly inconvenienced […]

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The Attention-Pain Trade-Off

By Craig Weller / June 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.” – Daniel Goleman; Vital Lies, Simple Truths.   […]

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Panic is the First Stage of Death

By Craig Weller / May 28, 2020 / 1 Comment

“The wise tell us that a nail keeps a shoe, a shoe a horse, a horse a man, a man a castle, that can fight.” – Bescheidenheit, Freidank, 1230 AD.    In our book, we talk about one of the fundamental characteristics of complex systems – sensitivity to initial conditions, or SIC.  You’ve heard of […]

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