How you react is what matters more than the situation you are put into and nobody in the world is facing situations more stressful than US Navy SEALs teams. Succeeding under extreme stress and unavoidable danger is a job responsibility for Navy SEAL teams.
The first training involves ominously dangerous sessions of what the Navy SEALs call underwater competency test.
Most of the SEAL trainees fail the test on their first attempts but as they analyse and realise that this is the situation they will be put into more often than not, they begin to understand the importance of this test.
Navy SEALs trainees are put underwater with scuba gear on. They are subsequently attacked by instructors. This attack involves the instructor of the trainees’ team kicking them, trying their oxygen hose into knots, ripping their face masks off among other extremely behaviours.
These training help the scuba divers in Navy teams to be ready for any and all underwater situations that may arise during their expeditions.
They use four broad methods to adapt to hyped underwater situations:
Setting goals to achieve the final outcome:
Navy SEALs set specific goals in very small increments that eventually lead to the final outcome they are looking to achieve.
Dividing the final goal into step-by-step mini-goals for the given moment can easily lead you to success in any and all situations. This way of taking stressful situations is helpful as the last mini step in the right direction helps you achieve your final goal, giving your confidence a boost.
Imagine the stressful situations and overcome the imagination:
Also known as Metal rehearsal, this method implies working at something over and over until it comes to you naturally. This helps Navy SEALs more efficiently deal with and succeed in situations of extreme distress.
The Navy SEALs want their own to succeed in any and every terrifying underwater situation they may come face-to-face with during their complex, time-sensitive missions of national importance.
Practising the situation in your mind, over and over again until you find it to come naturally. This means really understanding the situation and visualising it in your mind, to the smallest details.
Talk to yourself:
Your brain does not need very long to fall into the spiral of bad thoughts and overcoming stress can be immensely difficult. You need to converse with yourself in order to slow down and stop panicking. Navy SEALs in their case, are taught to realise that they talk about 300 to 1000 words when they are alone and talking to themselves.
The more important part of talking to yourself is recognising that you need to act upon the given situation, skipping the panicky overdrive mode your brain tends to fall into when you are under extreme stress.
STAY CALM During Stressful Situations
This is a statement that is not said enough. More specifically, you need to focus on your breathing and stay cool as you fall under the wheels of stress. One can visualise how difficult staying underwater and being calm must be, given the situation of breathing that Navy SEALs are under.
Staying calm is the rock that you are looking for in stressful situations. This is often the most difficult of things to do and always the most important.