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- Stew Smith, former Navy SEAL
The Five Psychological Phases of Fitness
By Stew Smith, former Navy SEAL
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as a beginner or as an advanced athlete preparing for Navy SEALs or Special Forces training.  I have found that both the out of shape
beginner and the advanced Special Operations candidate develop into their goals through the process described below:

The first phase of fitness requires a person to make a decision to get healthy or become a Special Operations candidate.  This phase takes
2-3 seconds, but it actually takes about 2-3 weeks to make habits that will fuel your desire to obtain your goals.  Hang in there at least that
long and BUILD GOOD HABITS.  This phase is filled with motivation and a general excitement about fitness and exercise.  

In the second phase, doubt enters and can either crush your progress or make you stronger.  It is absolutely natural to have doubts about
what you are undertaking. My advice is to start doubting yourself as quickly as possible and get over it.  Realize self doubt is part of the
process.  Even SEAL trainees doubt themselves, but those who become SEALs conquer their doubt.  Those who lose 60-80 pounds in a
year, conquer their doubt as well.

Phase Three is one of the most exciting phases when you realize you have conquered your doubt.  You may have to redo this phase
continually throughout your quest for fitness or Special Forces status, but once you do,you can do anything you set your mind to.  This is
where the mind and body connect. Use the workouts to be a catalyst in all areas of your life:  work, relationships, school, etc...I am a firm
believer that exercising your body will give you the stamina and energy to exercise your mind spirit and achieve those life long dreams you

Phase Four is the total identity change and self-confidence realization period for most people.  You now associate yourself with fit and
healthy people.  Now you are fit in mind and body.  Your example will inspire others. Be a role model to another heavy person or aspiring
Special Operations soldier.  People will be amazed by your new work ethic at work and play.  Eating healthy is now a habit for you too.  In fact
eating fast food or unhealthy snacks makes you feel slightly ill.

Phase Five is the next step, but the journey never ends.  Set and conquer goals for yourself. Whatever you like - run, swim, bike, weight lift...
Challenge yourself to run a 10k, lift 400 lbs, do a triathlon.  Fitness is a journey – not a destination.
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Stew Smith is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to
Navy SEAL Fitness, and Maximum Fitness.  As a military fitness trainer, Stew has trained hundreds of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, Air Force PJ,
Ranger Training, and other physical law enforcement professions.  His eBooks at
StewSmith.com can help you achieve your dream job or fitness goals.
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