Navy SEALs Mental Training Video


The “Big 4” Components of Navy SEALs Mental Training

  1. Goal Setting – pick a goal, a “small chunk” of an overall goal, and focus on meeting it
  2. Mental Rehearsal (visualization) – see yourself doing what you going about to do, and see yourself succeeding
  3. Self-Talk – keep positive to override the negative effects of the Amygdala
  4. Arousal Control – use long, slow breaths to quiet down the effects of fight-flight

Now, to see how I might use these same principles in combination to improve my own responses to perceived “threats” in my life…

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

10 thoughts on “Navy SEALs Mental Training Video”

  1. wow, good list, thanks for sharing, alot to do in matter of seconds…suppose for me, to pick one and focus on it until i am at a good comfort level….lol


  2. Sounds like a plan. Personally, I have a hard time keeping more than three things in my head at any point in time, so the Big Four are more like the Big Two … and Oh Yeah, Another Two 😉 Whatever works, y’know?


  3. Glad you found the Navy SEALs video BB, it really inspired me! Clearly my recollection of the various steps the SEALs use now to calm down the “fireworks of a firing” amygdala missed some salient points! Now I can store the video as a “favorite”. As I mentioned, I have been trying to utilize their tools and I’ve done so with some measure of success for a little while now, I hope you find them useful too!

    All the best,



  4. Thanks – yes, I’ve written them down (couldn’t remember all four, at first, but then I looked up my notes and saw it). I’m going to be working on these four points. If it can help Navy SEALs pass the pool test, then I’m sure it could help me pass my daily tests when my amygdala is the one calling the shots.

    Thanks again for the tip about the video – great stuff.


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