There was another terrific interview on the ‘School of Greatness’ podcast with Lewis Howes. ‘School of Greatness’ is a where Howes brings on authors, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to help listeners in their pursuit of greatness.
In episode 157, Howes interviews Eric Greitens, author of “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life” and I have to say it was one of the best Howes has put out—and that’s saying a lot. Greitens is, among numerous other accolades, a bestselling author and a former Navy SEAL. He spends time talking about what he learned while in the Navy and a relationship with another SEAL member.
But most of the time was discussing his book, “Resilience” which I just picked up my copy and will be reading it very soon. In the interview Greitens discusses mental toughness and the tips and tactics we can use to build our own mental toughness.
One of the suggestions from Greitens is segmenting. He uses the example of how sometimes people who suffer from depression cannot find the strength to get out of bed. Greitens says to overcome this or any difficult challenge, you segment the task. Start by moving your toe. Then wiggle your foot. Then sit-up in bed. Then stand near your bed. As you overcome each segment, you build up the toughness to get out of bed every morning.
Why did this episode resonate so well with me? Well, in some application or another, I have used segmenting my entire life. It’s long been written, successful people do the things unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do. When I learned this I immediately decided to focus on the things successful people do. Segmenting has helped me have the mental toughness needed to do these things. Being an author, business owner and marathoner, I have called on my mental toughness many times. It’s been segmenting that has got me over many hurdles.
Segmenting is a great time management tool to help you get big and/or difficult tasks complete. I like to use an ordinary, everyday egg timer. I set the timer for 25 minutes and, when it’s started, I do nothing but work on the task at hand. I don’t rush, I work steady. I don’t let myself get distracted by anything. I can stay focused for 25 minutes—and I can—it’s easy. Staying on task for a set number of minutes that works for you—it may be 20 minutes or 30. I suggest 25 because that seems to be the optimal timeframe. Set the timer and get started. You may not finish the task but, you will feel better for starting, something things will get done, and the job will not seem nearly as overwhelming.
I highly recommend the podcast by Lewis Howes and the book, “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life” by Eric Greitens. The conversation is insightful beyond the segmenting technique.
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