I start off every morning listening to a podcast while I make breakfast and drink my coffee. . . it helps me start off a productive day. Most of the podcasts I listen to are business and personal development focused. I’ll probably end up making a list of my favorite podcasts for you guys soon! Anyways, I was listening to the MFCEO Project yesterday (one of my personal favorites) and they had JP Dinnell on as a guest; It has to be one of the best podcasts they have had.
Just a little background on JP Dinnell: He is a Navy SEAL, Business Consultant, and Jocko Willink’s partner at Echelon Front. During the podcast they talk about his experience as a SEAL, what he learned in war, and fighting in the battle of Ramadi. JP shares so much I could write about 20 different blogs about this one podcast (maybe I will) but I wanted to share something that really stuck out to me with you guys.
When JP was talking about fighting in the battle of Ramadi, Andy asks him what kind of thoughts would cross his mind and his answer isn’t his family or how much he missed home he says the only thing on his mind was killing bad guys and getting Ramadi back in the hands of the innocent civilians. If he had been thinking about anything other than the task at hand he would have gotten himself or the person beside him killed. He had to have tunnel vision on what he was there to accomplish.
JP is no longer at war but he created #mission1stmindset to remind himself and the people follow his content to always be focused on the task at hand. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Mission first mindset does not just apply to Navy SEALS it applies to all of us. If you are constantly distracted by what other people are saying or want you to do you will NEVER succeed. If you have a vision or a goal you have to be 100% committed and 100% focused on achieving that goal to get anywhere. This has been a huge lesson for me recently and I kind of talked about it in my last post. If you set out to accomplish a goal you have to block out all of the outside distractions that don’t push you closer to your end goal. No, for the average person losing focus won’t get you killed but the chances of you accomplishing your goal sure as hell will be.
I’d just like to end this post by thanking everyone who is currently serving or has served for our wonderful country. I can not begin to express the gratitude for the sacrifices you guys make to protect our freedom.
Blue skies and tailwinds,