What We Can All Learn From David Goggins

learn from David Goggins
learn from David Goggins

If you want to talk about somebody being as close to Superman as one can get, there would be no better person who could fit that description than David Goggins. Actually, David Goggins may be tougher than Superman, as hard as that is to believe. 

I am currently reading my second book about David Goggins. The first book that I read was Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy The Odds, and now I am on to Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler. 

Both of these books resemble just how tough a person Goggins is, as well as how much the human mind can actually impact our reality. 

So how does one get this way? How does one completely transform their mindset to completely transform their reality? Here are a few things that we can all learn from David Goggins, and how they can impact our life. 

learn from david goggins

1. Comfort is the enemy of success.

In both books, Goggins constantly strives to put himself in difficult circumstances. 

From waking up every morning at 5 am to run six miles or to bike thirty miles to work, running relay ultramarathons as an individual, to completing Hell Week three separate times while suffering two fractured tibias, there is nothing that can stop Goggins from achieving any goal that he sets for himself… and he knows this. 

Why does he put himself in as many uncomfortable situations as possible? Because he knows that comfort is the enemy of success. He knows that in order to be better, he needs to constantly push himself and break past the barriers that lie within his mind. 

I can only speak for myself, but I am a person who loves comfort. I like being familiar with my surroundings, having a schedule and routine, and when it comes to physical comfort, I definitely don’t want to be running marathons on broken feet. 

At the same time, though, this sense of comfort has admittingly held me back. It has taught me to play it safe, not take large risks, and it has taught me to simply be mediocre. That’s not what life is about, though. Life is about growing as a person each and every day, and the only way to do that is to constantly push yourself past your comfort zone. 

2. You’re only at 40%.

Another reason as to why Goggins constantly pushes himself despite any injury or obstacle that he endures is because when he feels like he is ready to give up, he is only reaching 40% of his true potential

We are far stronger and more capable of overcoming any obstacle in life than we believe ourselves to be. The doubt that we hold, all of the fear that we experience, it all lies within our own minds. All of the times where we feel like giving up or all of the times that we do give up because we don’t think that we can possibly go any further, we are actually only reaching 40% of our true potential. Imagine if more we would accomplish if we were to tap into an extra 10% or 20%.

What does this mean? It means that when we feel like giving up, don’t. Know that all of those times you feel like giving up, you actually have 60% more effort you can give. Like Goggins, we all just need to be willing to train our minds to push past that 40% mark if we want to optimize the opportunities that we have in front of us. 

3. Be willing to suffer.

This was the hardest lesson for me to grasp. I mean, seriously, who wants to suffer? And it’s not just physical suffering. It’s also emotional suffering. 

There are going to be times where we are going to have to be willing to endure both physical and mental pain in order to become the best version of ourselves. If we want something in life that we don’t currently have, not only are we going to have to push past our comfort zone, not only are we going to need to tap into that extra 60% of our true potential, but we also need to be willing to suffer. 

Suffering isn’t always a bad thing. Suffering simply means that we are undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. Well, just like we all felt pain when we were going through growth spurts, if we want to continue to grow as individuals, we are going to have to yet again endure pain. 

4. Excuses only lie within your mind.

One of the reasons that I have fallen in love with Jesse Itzler’s book is because Itzler is somebody who is similar to the majority of us – someone who complains and makes excuses when the going gets tough. He doesn’t enjoy going for six-mile run with Goggins at 6 am in the morning, having to do 100 sit-ups in between work meetings, or having to go for another six-mile run with Goggins when he gets home from work, but he does it because he is trying to push himself past what he thought he was capable of doing. 

Too often we allow our excuses to not only determine what we can and can’t achieve, but also to waste our precious and valuable time. If we quit making excuses for why we can’t do something and simply do it instead, not only would we achieve more, but we would also be doing so in a less amount of time.

Every time that you feel sorry for yourself or feel like giving up, just remember that there is always somebody out there who has it worse than you and I do.

5. Tracking your progress is important.

Okay, this is more for Jesse Itzler’s book, but nevertheless, if you want to make progress towards your goals, then you need to start tracking your progress. 

A lot of my recent motivation towards goal setting and actually following through on my goals has come from Itzler’s book. It’s helped me to realize that we aren’t going to change our lives overnight, but if we keep pushing ourselves and track our progress, little by little, our lives will start to change. Over time, this change adds up. 

Final Thoughts

David Goggins is one of the toughest individuals on the face of the planet for a reason. That reason is that he has trained himself to be. He is no different than you or I. He just doesn’t quit no matter how challenging certain situations may be. That is a valuable lesson that we can all take away from him and apply to our own lives. 

Michael Bonnell

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