It’s not a video game. Combat, an intruder in your house, a mugging—it’s nothing like you see in the movies. Your adrenaline spikes. Your heart rate increases. Your motor functions slowly start to dwindle. At that moment, everything you thought and all the smack you talked means nothing. It means absolutely nothing.
It is at that moment and that moment alone that you’ll see the true results of your training take root.
Great warrior cultures understood this, so they prepared for it. The Spartans had the agoge—a grueling training regimen where young boys were put under incredible amounts of stress at a young age and subsequently forged into the most vicious warriors in the western world. This tradition continues today at coming of age programs like RASP, Ranger School, BUDS, and BRC.
It’s about repetitiveness—putting your body and mind through continuous pain to overcome your biggest enemy: failure.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.