If you are familiar with this site, you’ve probably heard me stress the fact that almost anything works if you are willing to work. Therefore, the difficulty is not in determining what works, but rather in repeatedly executing that work. In other words, it’s easier to know the way than to walk it. Fortunately, I’m not alone in spreading this message. In the video that follows, you’ll hear retired Navy SEAL officer Jocko Willink share similar thoughts.
Wisdom From Jocko Willink
Jocko Willink spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. Throughout his decorated career, he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. Jocko’s own combat experience, coupled with the time he’s spent instructing the next generation of SEAL leaders, make him someone who is worthy of your time and attention. To put it bluntly, Jocko Willink knows what he is talking about.
In the video that follows, he shares some thoughts regarding exercise and training.
Hard Work and Consistency
My favorite part of the short video comes at the end when Jocko states the following:
“It’s about hard work. It’s about consistency. It’s about getting up in the morning and getting it done.”
What he shares in those last few seconds is worth more than anything you’ll find in the most sophisticated training program or book. At the end of the day, you aren’t rewarded for what you know. It’s what you do that ultimately matters.
There are plenty of people in this world who share similar knowledge regarding exercise, yet display entirely different abilities. As an old saying suggests, after all is said and done, a lot more is said than done. It’s easier to talk the talk than to walk it repeatedly.
In summary, knowing what to do is the easy part. Never before has there been so much information available regarding exercise and training. Therefore, it is not a lack of knowledge that holds people back. It’s the consistent decision to act on that knowledge that separates the doers from the talkers.
You don’t need to be a Navy SEAL to benefit from Jocko’s wisdom. Anyone can wake up and find a way to get it done. Just remember that action starts with the conscious decision to act. You can read motivational quotes until the sun goes down, but until you get off your ass and commit to working, nothing is going to change.
How bad do you want it?
“Talk doesn’t cook rice.” – Chinese Proverb