Mindset is everything. It’s a common expression which can be heard in fitness gyms, sports teams, and even sales teams. But mindset is crucial for everyone. To be a leader, you have to have the mindset that you are a leader. You are worthy of leading, you have a vision which will take your organization into the future, and that you are capable of doing it. So in order to achieve this, I went looking no further than a former US Navy SEAL to find out how we can be more mindful as leaders.
Mark spent 20 years as a Navy SEAL officer, retiring as a Commander in 2011. He then founded and leads several highly successful enterprises including SEALFIT (Physical and mental training), Unbeatable Mind, LLC (Executive Mastery Development), NavySEALs.com and USCrossFit. Mark Divine is an expert in human performance as it is displayed in mental toughness, leadership and physical readiness. His work is based on an integral warrior-leader model that he developed and tested on over a thousand special operations candidates worldwide. The integrated training, which involves physical, mental, emotional, intuitional and spiritual training, has resulted in over a 90% success rate for the Spec Ops candidates. It is now taught to executives and corporate teams, tops sports teams, top athletes, professionals, first responders and warriors from all walks of life.
Develop the Mindset of a Navy SEAL Topics
During this interview we cover the following topics:
- His background
- What was the draw to bring him to US Military
- How he used meditation and mindfulness in his leadership experiences
- Marks 5 Mountains philosophy
- How leaders can use 5 Mountains in the decision making.
- Tips for leaders to begin meditation and being more mindfulness
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The following is an AI generated transcript which should be used for reference purposes only. It has not been verified or edited to reflect what was actually said in the podcast episode.
Scott McCarthy [00:00:10]:
Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it. Steve Marboli said that once. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Moving Forward Leadership podcast, episode 54, develop the mindset of a Navy SEAL with Mark DeVine. Hey, folks. It’s your founder and host of the Moving Forward Leadership podcast, Scott McCarthy. And I’m telling you, I am stoked. You are in for a treat today. I have first off, I guess, I’m so excited.
Scott McCarthy [00:00:55]:
I should probably introduce the show and what we’re about. Because if this is your 1st time listening, you are probably about to hit pause right about now and stop listening. So welcome to Moving Forward Leadership Podcast. This show, weekly show, is all about helping you become a better leader. That is it. And I go out and find world class guests and bring them on to answer your questions, My questions on how we can be better leaders. Because you know what? The world does not need any more bosses. Is right.
Scott McCarthy [00:01:30]:
We all know what I’m talking about when I say we don’t need any more bosses. No. We need more leaders. Okay? And today falls right in line with that. And boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, do we have a interview lined up. And the only thing I wanna say before I even dive into introducing the guest is that you actually missed out. Because if you were in the leadership, Moving forward leadership mastermind, you would have already seen this interview because I released the video recording of it to the mastermind. You know, like, Scott, what’s the mastermind? Where how can I get in? Pretty simple.
Scott McCarthy [00:02:09]:
It’s a Facebook group where I go and host and invite the guests as well you, listeners, to come on in and talk leadership. You cannot find us anywhere else, folks. You cannot find it anywhere else. Believe me. Alright? So, anyway, all that I say is when I finished recording this episode Months ago, by the way, months ago, I was so excited about it. I just immediately released the video to the mastermind, and everybody got to see this, the raw interview between myself and former US Navy SEAL. Yes. That’s right.
Scott McCarthy [00:02:47]:
Former US Navy SEAL, Mark Devine. And they get to see it right away. So you should go there. Alright? And if you wanna become part of Mastermind, pretty simple. Movingforwardleadership.comforward/ Mastermind, and that’ll take you directly to the Facebook group. Or if you just go on Facebook and search Moving Forward Leadership Mastermind, you’ll find it there. Okay? But talking about today’s episode, you’re in for a treat. I managed to reach out.
Scott McCarthy [00:03:14]:
Thanks to Former guest, Thor Conklin, for giving me the connection. And if you haven’t listened to his show, definitely go back and check it out because that one was awesome. Alright. But, anyway, Thor linked me up with Mark, and I managed to get squingle a little bit of Mark’s time and his schedule, we had to actually, squeeze it in. So he’s actually at a hotel because his house was under some renovations and stuff. So, But we got it done, and that’s all that matters. Right? So former US Navy SEAL, now basically founder and CEO of his own company, Seal fit, and we’re talking all about mindfulness and mindset. Why? Because being in the right mindset and being having Things checked out yourself squared away in your mind is the most crucial because without that, you cannot lead your people, folks.
Scott McCarthy [00:04:07]:
If you’re not squared away, you cannot be a good leader, and this is what we’re talking about this whole time with, Mark. Alright? It is an outstanding episode. Honestly, hit pause and bookmark it, flag it, whatever your app does because you are going to want to listen to this one more than once. Believe me. I’ve listened to I don’t know, maybe half a dozen times, and I’m reading his book now. Okay? The Way of the Seal. Outstanding. Outstanding.
Scott McCarthy [00:04:38]:
Anyway, folks, that’s it. I’m way too excited. So I’m gonna let you go. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode between myself and Mark Devine talking about how you can develop the mindset of a Navy SEAL. Mark, man, welcome Moving Forward Leadership podcast. It’s great to have you here.
Mark Divine [00:05:04]:
Scott, thanks for inviting me. Nice to meet you, man.
Scott McCarthy [00:05:06]:
Yeah. Ditto. You know, Hi. Every now and then, I throw out, random awards for my guests, and you get the, award of the 1st special for former special forces guy.
Mark Divine [00:05:16]:
No kidding. Yeah. That’s awesome. Yeah. And it’s pretty cool to note that I was up there, in Canada train training the guys out out at Shiloh. Yeah. Princess Patricia Brigade. What a great group of guys.
Mark Divine [00:05:27]:
We had them all doing yoga, by the way. I got a pic picture of us in, in their, you know, Big babe where they had all the Amtrak’s, whatever we call them, Amtrak’s. And, and there were, like, 75 guys doing Kokoro yoga with me. They loved
Scott McCarthy [00:05:41]:
it. Awesome. I saw yeah. I saw the
Mark Divine [00:05:44]:
not a picture you see very often, Rob.
Scott McCarthy [00:05:46]:
No. No. Actually, we had almost a whole Base in my last base in Borden, which is just about an hour north of Toronto for, CaneForce’s fitness day or health day or something like this, and it it was yoga. Nice. They’re almost the entire base. So almost about, you know, about probably about 2 to 3000 people. It wasn’t the whole base, but it was pretty close to it. 2 to 3000 folks out on the big o big sports center.
Mark Divine [00:06:09]:
You know, I’ve I’ve been teaching yoga to SEAL trainees since 2007, and, they love it. And they use the breathing, obviously, for focus concentration, that’s where we developed our boxed breathing practice. And, it got them developed you know, doing concentration training and visualization, And it’s totally natural to them, but I couldn’t really call it yoga. You know, I I had to call it, like, Navy Seal mental tactical training that, You know, that’s what my new mind training kind of all evolved from, but I knew it as yoga. That’s awesome. Isn’t that cool?
Scott McCarthy [00:06:41]:
Love it. So one of the first things I like to do on my show is to get the guest, give, you know, quick background about them, who they are, where they come from, Anything interesting? So why don’t we start off there, and then we can talk about your life, in in the SEALs and that jazz?
Mark Divine [00:06:56]:
Sure. You want me to just give give you a synopsis of who I am? Is that you? Sure. Okay. Well, I’m, from a small town in upstate New York, actually pretty close in the Canadian border. We used to Crossover into Montreal from Lake Placid to to get Radour’s beer when I was a teenager. Nice. And it had, like, 8% alcohol, and it was we just thought that was the bomb.
Scott McCarthy [00:07:19]:
Mark Divine [00:07:20]:
So I I probably grew up a lot like you did. You know, like, small town, upstate New York, Rural farming community, spent my summers up in the Adirondacks roaming around the, you know, the woods and the mountains and always in and out of the water. I developed a keen interest in nature and in hiking and in swimming, which led into kind of like an endurance Athletics career through high school and college. I swam competitively at Colgate University where I went to college, which is also in upstate New York. Long, cold winters. When I left Colgate with a BA in economics, I followed my, You know, kinda my teammates and my friends down in New York City where I got a job with a back then what they call the big eight accounting firm, which are the 8th largest Accounting consulting firms in the in the world, they’re now the big four because they’ve all kinda merged. But, I started the you know, my 1st career was essentially, honored, you know, and I became a certified public accountant. You’d probably call them chartered accountants or something up there.
Mark Divine [00:08:30]:
And, went to NYU Business School, Stern School of Business, got my MBA in Finance and all that happened, you know, 20 graduation, you know, around 21 years old until about 25. And, You know, I tell this story in my book, The Way to Seal, but during that time frame, I had a major shift. It was like an Early midlife crisis, you know, without it being midlife. And I think that yeah. Quarter life crisis, which I am super grateful for because I didn’t have to go through it in midlife or later in life even. But I just had this kinda like existential crisis, and It it came about, I will have to say, because I started studying Zen meditation, through, I got I was studying karate With a grand master, Zen master, who was kinda masquerading as a karate instructor. He was also a master karate instructor, but he’s, You know, he was teaching us zen, zen principles, zen warrior mindset. He had us practicing zen meditation every day and then for an hour on Thursdays.
Mark Divine [00:09:33]:
And we would go to these retreats. 1st, they were voluntary. You know, not not not everyone did them, but I jumped on every single one of them. We would go up to the Zen Mountain Monastery in Woodstock, New York and, you know, spend the whole weekend there with the monks. And what happened, Scott, and this is kind of like a a a good jumping off point, you know, for some other conversations. But what happened is at a very young age, my mind really changed dramatically from all the meditation and all the, you You know, all that work I was doing, you know, as you as you know, Nils, young men don’t really fully develop their brains till, like, 25, sometimes even 26. And I was getting that massive neuroplastic stimulus through the zen training, at a very young age, and it opened me, Like, open me wide up. And and what I saw, I didn’t like initially.
Mark Divine [00:10:27]:
Right? Because what I saw was that I was I was kinda living this lie. I was living someone else’s story for me. You know, the whole grub for money and climb the corporate ladder and Having to be in business, this wasn’t really me. And when I looked inside through the Zend training, what I saw was something else. I saw a lawyer. I saw a leader. I saw someone leading other people in, you know, risky and dangerous environments, and that’s what’s inspired me. And, Every time I get off the bench, I’d be super excited about that, and then I would go back to work and I’d be super miserable.
Mark Divine [00:11:00]:
And I was like, okay. I gotta do something. So I left corporate America at 25 and joined, the Navy, US Navy. Went through Oscar Kennedy School. I was one of 2 people selected that year, then I went SEAL training. And, SEAL training, I found my new home. I found my brotherhood, and I went to SEAL training in 1990, class 170, Graduated as an honor in my class. Out of a 185 students, I graduated number 1.
Mark Divine [00:11:27]:
And, you know, I credit the zen training, of course, since you’ve heard that I was a great swimmer And, okay with a lot of pain. You know, I was I was pretty good at taking pain. So spent 20 years in the SEAL teams, 10 of it active, 10 reserve. And As a reservist, as you know, I could, you know, get out and kinda have a norm somewhat normal life, except, you know, when I got recalled to the active duty. And that’s when I got into entrepreneurship, and I wanted to really give back and teach what I learned. And, you know, Not only what I learned from the SEALs, but also from my lifelong, training in the martial arts and yoga. And so I, began to train other SEAL trainees and through my business SealFit. And that was you know, that’s a whole another journey that I probably can stop here because there’s some you know, it’s just Extraordinary, the impact we were able to have with these young warriors, and now I teach everybody.
Mark Divine [00:12:21]:
You know? I teach corporate execs and teams and Soccer moms and kids.
Scott McCarthy [00:12:27]:
No. That’s that’s wow. Yeah. That’s amazing. So much in there. That’s pretty crazy to think of how you were, you know, on that whole stereotypical corporate world and corporate life On plan and and, glide path to use a slight term. And then, ultimately, you just got into, meditation and 180.
Mark Divine [00:12:47]:
It was a 180 for sure. I mean, I’m not sure if you’ve called it 180, but it was certainly a a a serious departure from the norm. Right?
Scott McCarthy [00:12:55]:
Mark Divine [00:12:55]:
On the standard. And, man, did I what I heavily criticized and questioned except by my closest friends. I mean, my parents literally thought I had, You know, just literally lost my mind. And, you know, because here, I was, like, quote, unquote, throwing away my MBA, CPA Yeah. This perfect white collar career. You know, we have a family business, that all my brothers, my 2 brothers and sister work for and have worked for forever. And, of course, my dad expected me to come back and work for it and, you know, kind of be the golden boy who, with his MBA and CPA, would guide it into the future, and I just had no interest. But if I hadn’t Sat down in that bench with Nakamura and over that 3, 4 year period, really done that work, I probably would be there today.
Mark Divine [00:13:40]:
You know, Scott, it’s, and a lot of people what I found, a lot of people kinda find themselves in a situation where they’ve never been exposed to these these things. That’s I think it was a huge blessing. And part of my, you know, calling in life was to get exposed to these things early on so that I could live it and then teach it, you know, while I was still able to reach a lot of people because, you know, you might have someone like like my instructor, Nakamura. You know? He through karate, he was able to impact a lot of people, but certainly not enough to affect, you know, global society. You know what I mean? And I’m not saying that I’m going to, but I have a goal of of affecting transforming a 100,000,000 people. Now those 100,000,000, you know, if they could each then, Through the way they live impact 10 people. Now we’re talking about a 1000000000 people. You know what I mean? That and I’m not the only one out there doing this, and I’m not training and certifying people to Teach these things.
Mark Divine [00:14:35]:
You know? Generally, I think that everyone is capable of so much more than they that that that they’re aware of. Right? They don’t know how to access their full mind’s capacity Because they’ve been taught the wrong things and also they’ve been taught a very limited view of what the mind is. And we have a Conflationist, view of the mind being just the brain. When my experience in through my All of my meditation and yoga and the Navy SEALs was that your mind power is enmeshed throughout your body. You as a warrior probably appreciate this. Like, your brain is your body, and so your mind is the experience of your brain, which is your body. So body, mind, spirit are all 1, but we experience them in different ways. We experience them as physically, Our physical balance, our our mobility, our fitness, you know, our health, our, you know, our weight, you know, our strength, power, We’ve we’ve experienced that how we show up in the world.
Mark Divine [00:15:40]:
We also experienced it energetically and, through our balance or, you know, Diminishment of energy or replenishment of energy, and then we also experience it through our mind. But To be honest, to be fair, those are all part and parcel of the same experience. And so what I try to teach people is is start up, How to look at their their life as the optimization of their mind, And then it it it affects everything else they do. It affects their body. It affects their emotions. It affects their intuition. It affects their spiritual spirituality. It affects relationships.
Mark Divine [00:16:24]:
And but the mind, I don’t mean brain. I mean, your mind as a as a collective whole
Scott McCarthy [00:16:31]:
Mark Divine [00:16:32]:
Mind system. You know?
Scott McCarthy [00:16:34]:
No. It’s some seriously deep stuff, Mark. I love it. I really love it. So here’s, I guess, a following question is, how did you or, you know, how did you use meditation and this mindfulness in in your leadership Your leadership approach when well, I guess you’re both while you’re in the seals in the trunk and since you’ve moved into the business world.
Mark Divine [00:16:56]:
Yeah. So a great question. So I didn’t really know when I was in the SEALs that I was using it, but I was using it all the time.
Scott McCarthy [00:17:03]:
Mark Divine [00:17:04]:
And, you know, even in SEAL training, you know, one of the reasons that I I was so successful in training and honorment of my class was because I was able to control my mental and emotional States. Using the skills I had learned from Nakamura and trained with on the Zen bench of breath control, Of also, managing my internal dialogue of mindfully noting when my brain started Chatter and lose focus on the task at hand and being able to redirect it back to that task. Being able to appreciate I that some of the biased decisions that were creep that could creep up and to be able to, you know, interdict those and to Find my way to a better decision. And I would say probably the most important was the ability to be really present, to to realize that, you know, being right here right now where I could really listen to my teammates, really Think through and listen to, like, the admission orders, the instructions, and and really be able to ask myself what exactly is being asked of us here, What’s the mission? You know, how are we gonna best accomplish this mission? And then the capacity to visualize the mission outcome in my mind and to also visualize things that are likely to go wrong and to visualize options for overcoming those. Now these are skills that are now starting to be taught, but back then, you know, what I just described was I’ve never heard another seal instructor Tell me or anything. It it was just happening because I had trained it through Zen and through, you know, some of the experiences that Nakamura put me through. So those are the things that that I think are are helping leaders or will help leaders today Really breakthrough and understand how to lead in what we call the VUCA environment. In the in the military, in the special ops since Particularly, we used to say that the environment is really volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, VUCA.
Mark Divine [00:19:10]:
And who cares? We still gotta Optimize our our attack plan and really get the job done in spite of all that. And so we don’t let volatility and certainty, Complexity ambiguity stall us or or set us set us off track. We use our skills to be really effective in that environment. Well, business leadership is starting to look a lot like combat. You know, everything’s moving and changing so fast. Yeah. Everything’s gotten we moved from from complicated to complex in the last 5 years where where there really is no well known or answer to a lot of things. You just have to try things out and iterate, you know, this, you know, very well.
Mark Divine [00:19:50]:
Scott McCarthy [00:19:51]:
Yeah. You’re still operating with its own overlay, as I say, and and and Yeah. Yes. Right? You can’t just use the cookie cutter solution which people have gotten used to for years.
Mark Divine [00:20:00]:
And we were trained both in business and in School, and it’s just it’s it’s a linear kind of industrial age, and it’s compartmented
Scott McCarthy [00:20:10]:
Mark Divine [00:20:11]:
Stovepipe and kind of flat way of looking at the world. Now we have to kinda step out of that and look at it holographically. Yep.
Scott McCarthy [00:20:18]:
Mark Divine [00:20:19]:
to look at it as a complex system to systems. We have to be able to take multiple perspectives simultaneously, And this requires us to really kinda upgrade our whole entire operating system, and people are saying, how do we do that? And what I’m saying is, You can do that, but you gotta slow down, sit down, learn how to meditate, learn how to visualize, Learn how to control your physiology through the breath and to recharge your energy body. Learn how to use your whole mind, which includes your heart mind, your gut biome mind, you know, your whole mind, brain mind, and your body central mind. Right? As well as the energetic field of intelligence that that surrounds you, we will call that intuition or instinctual. Probably not so much instinctual because that’s mostly epigenetic, but, like, your intuitional mind is how you’re how you relate to the world Immediately near you and outside of you to gain information. So, like, the way a lot of soldiers and seals over in, Iraq and Afghanistan are are, like, getting Sensations and imagery of
Scott McCarthy [00:21:24]:
Mark Divine [00:21:25]:
Roadside bombs planted before they even get there. That’s what I mean by that. That’s the mind that extends beyond your body. So we wanna train people how to tap these skills and how to begin to use these skills through a process of integration. I call it 5 mountain training. Train yourself physically. We have a lot of different tools to train how to really be different in the way we move and the way we look at We look at movement and moving with the breath and moving with proper alignment and mobility and all that. So it’s physically, Physiology, nutrition, all that fits in that category.
Mark Divine [00:22:00]:
And then mental, so we have physical, mental. Mental includes both rational skills as well as nonrational or Not irrational, but nonrational, nonlinear, you know, things like, visualization and sensory development. And then emotional development, that’s one that really, really is important for leaders is to learn how to be emotionally mature and You still with me?
Scott McCarthy [00:22:26]:
Yep. Yep. I’m I’m I’m, like, I’m in, like, in a zone here. Just listening for you. Yeah.
Mark Divine [00:22:31]:
You’re gonna have to edit that out. Sorry because Something popped up and I couldn’t see anymore. Yeah. So the emotional development is really killer. That’s, you know, takes a lot of time in and of itself for people just become more where just see what we call what boo, what background of obviousness things from their childhood are, you know, are really tripping them up and causing them to make bad decisions. And then the intuitive part, I’ve already kind of addressed that. That’s really when things start to integrate and you’re able Feel your body more, the sensations. You’re not you know, the sensations aren’t corrupted by false ideas or false beliefs, which is what, you know, a lot of times emotions are.
Mark Divine [00:23:09]:
So and you’re able to actually transmit information to and from others through your body. Like, Empathy, right, is actually your heart communicating with another person, and your biome, you know, reacting to the danger is that gut Check. You know what I mean? Or fear. So we learn to appreciate the power of that intuitive, and insightful and instinctual intelligence that we all have. And then the last of the 5 mountains, so we we had physical, mental, emotion, intuition, And then instead of saying spiritual because that, you know, that’s kind of a that term has kind of been hijacked by too many people. We use the term Kokoro. Kokoro is a Japanese martial term that has deep significance, and it means whole mind or heart mind and also merging your heart and mind into your actions. So this is like going out in the world and doing something important like a warrior would serving his country or or her country or being very clear about, you know, instead of just going to work and earning money like I was as a CPA, you know, Trying to, through your business, help change the world in some way that’s meaningful to you.
Mark Divine [00:24:19]:
Ask a coral. Right? That’s like living your Your purpose with your hair on fire, no one’s ever gonna, you know, get in your way or cause you to quit. You know, there’s you know, you might have bad days, It never deters deters you from your mission. There is no quit. That’s heart, mind, and action. And you also are really deeply connected to your team and to A broader team of humanity. So you’re doing you know, you’re you’re inspired to do good for good’s sake, for the humanity and for the earth and not just for your piggy bank or, you know, just for your club, your tribe, or even your country. You know what I mean? This this type of thinking is really, In my opinion, this is utterly necessary for us as a human race to move on to the next level, you know, and even to be able to understand and and to navigate the technological change that’s coming on us at the tsunami.
Mark Divine [00:25:12]:
Scott McCarthy [00:25:12]:
No. We’re, we’re not even near anywhere near the beginning, And let Totally. Into the deep of it. Wow. Those, yeah, those those 5 elements that that’s a that’s a awesome philosophy for sure in a way that looks at it. Just to keep with that theme, though, how could leaders use this in in in their decision making style, cycle and decision making process so that they can make, you know, Better, quicker, sounder decisions in your mind?
Mark Divine [00:25:40]:
Well, there’s gotta be a starting point. And for us, the starting point is, Creating a daily routine. So you here’s the thing, we we’re warriors. When I wanna teach people to think and lead like warriors because that’s super effective and necessary for this period of life that might change, you know, in 20 years or something like that. But right now, you know, warriors step into the, You know, in into the gap and solve the problem. So every day that the warrior lives is a precious Stay. You know that. Right? Especially when you’re in combat.
Mark Divine [00:26:14]:
We have this saying, and Nakamura used to say this in the Zen talks, one day, one lifetime. What that means is today might be my last, so let’s let’s make it our best. The other way to look at it is every day is a lifetime of learning. It’s an opportunity for a lifetime of learning if you pay attention. In order to do that, you’ve gotta start simplifying. Right? Got a we call it the KISS principle. Keep it simple, Sally. Start simplifying and and say no to most things and say so you can say yes the right things.
Mark Divine [00:26:45]:
So in order to do this, we have routines and rituals. So we start our day with what we call morning ritual. That morning ritual, We we do 5 mountain integrated training, so that means we do some, box breathing or breath work.
Scott McCarthy [00:26:58]:
Mark Divine [00:26:58]:
Then we do some light somatic work. If you have time, you you might Squeeze your workout into this period too. Then we, we do some concentration and work on our mantra for positivity, feeding the courage wealth, then we do some Visualization, and we visualize ourselves 3 years out and 25 years out. And then at the end of this whole morning ritual, we check-in with our plan for the day and our ethos, our stand, and we ask ourselves, is our is our plan in alignment with our stand? A lot of times, it’s not. And so it’s an opportunity before you step put out the door to make some changes to your, you know, your plan for that day, to what your focus was, to what your main thing is that you’re you’re you need to accomplish It’s gonna move the dial forward to obligations that you may have committed or others may have committed you to. Now is the time to say no to keep it simple so you can focus on the right things. That whole process, that unreal mind ritual, that morning ritual, we call winning in your mind before stepping into the arena. Right.
Mark Divine [00:27:58]:
It’s a famous Sun Tzu quote. Victorious warrior wins and then wins in his mind first and then goes to battle, whereas The average warrior goes to battle hoping to win.
Scott McCarthy [00:28:11]:
Mark Divine [00:28:11]:
So we do this in the every morning, wake up, win in our mind, And then you go and kick ass and take names.
Scott McCarthy [00:28:18]:
And then at the end of the
Mark Divine [00:28:20]:
day yeah. At the end of the day, we have an evening ritual, which kinda is a more of a look back. We call it a recapitulation where you learn from Everything that went wrong, you celebrate the few victories, so you maintain that positive momentum. You do some more box breathing and maybe like a recovery pose, prepare yourself for sleep, that kind of thing. And so those 2 act as like bookends so that every day becomes a one day, one lifetime Opportunity to really put forth your best self and to learn and grow. You know? So every day you do this and you get, like, let’s just say, 1% better, 1% more clear, on why it is you’re here on this planet and what you’re supposed to do about it. 1% better at making Decisions to staying focused, 1% better at working with other people and being able to take their perspectives and to really gel and lead team. And all this stuff, the compounding effect of that is extraordinary for leaders.
Mark Divine [00:29:18]:
That’s such a simple thing, but it’s hard to do, and so we give people the Tools and the motivation and the kind of the framework for for doing those types of things. And then during the day, we also have spot drills and and ways to stay really connected and in the moment, energized, and to activate all 5 of those moments. Yeah. So It’s a no excuses program because everyone says, well, you know, that takes a lot of time. And I said, well, not really because, you know, you can do the whole morning ritual in 15 minutes. You can do the evening ritual in 15 minutes. It’s 30 minutes.
Scott McCarthy [00:29:49]:
Mark Divine [00:29:50]:
You can do a lot of this training. It’s part of your workout. So instead of just working out, you’re gonna train yourself With 5 mountain training during your workout, and and we teach people how to do that. And then, you know, during the day, you’re gonna do all these spot drills, You know? And also the way we teach people how to fuel themselves is important. You know? Because we we think 3 square sit down meals a day is a is a It was a myth. Human beings were not meant to to feel that way. So, you know, it frees up a lot of time. I don’t have sit down breakfast.
Mark Divine [00:30:21]:
I don’t have sit down lunch. Only meal that I actually will ever sit down for is with my family in the evening, and then that’s just a light meal. You know? It’s It’s not the heaviest meal or the slightest meal because I’ve been fueling myself throughout the day as needed on demand with the right stuff, and, And it gives me a lot of energy, and it frees up a lot of time. Scott, I I had that all the way back before I went to the seals. I didn’t like using lunchtime for for eating lunch.
Scott McCarthy [00:30:51]:
I I take so much time to work out.
Mark Divine [00:30:53]:
Yeah. It’s a great time to train. You know? It’s like It’s a nice time to train, actually.
Scott McCarthy [00:30:58]:
I find it I find I I I it basically puts a break in my day. You know, the midpoint of my day, we’re all I I I forget about the the morning crap that went on that I had to deal with. And the stuff that’s left over, it’s still hanging. During the workout, I become much more Clear. And then, ultimately, I know the way forward on making those decisions. And then I’m ready to roll for the afternoon. Once again, I’m a Shower and a a small lunch into it, and I’m ready to go again.
Mark Divine [00:31:24]:
Awesome. Yeah. I agree with that.
Scott McCarthy [00:31:26]:
Alright, man. This is, this has been my quietest podcast ever. Because and that is
Mark Divine [00:31:34]:
That’s funny. Well, I’ve been, you know, talking 303 100 words a minute with a few gusts up 450. Sorry about that. No.
Scott McCarthy [00:31:41]:
Don’t be sorry because it’s it’s really good. I I kinda hit it like, wow. We were talking like, Time has flown, but I do got 1 more last question for you. Well, actually, I have a couple last questions. But if someone hasn’t been into meditation, has been they haven’t really been to being more mindful in mindfulness and connecting with complete body and their mind and others and thinking like a warrior and kicking ass like you’re Talking about this whole time. Where’s a, you know, couple tips you know, 2 to 3 tips on where they can begin to start being more that way?
Mark Divine [00:32:13]:
Sure. I’ll give you one important one. There there’s a whole process to learning how to meditate, and it and it takes a couple years. That’s why most people fail when they meditate. They think, you know, I’m gonna sit down and I’m gonna not think, or I’m gonna sit down and I’m gonna really concentrate on this guided this guided audio, and then their mind just starts racing off. It takes a while to cultivate that stability to be able to concentrate on one thing or then or even to, be able to drop in into the state of pure presence or what they call touching the void. It’s really difficult do. It’s precious when you do that or some of the listeners are like, yeah.
Mark Divine [00:32:50]:
I’m sure there’s people who are listening to your podcast. Yep. He’s right, and I’ve I’ve I’ve experienced that. So I’m there. Great. Because it takes a couple years. So the starting point, we start with the breath because the breath is You know, some people we say will start with movement, but movement with the breath. Right? So, like, like, tai chi Or, yoga is a great way to start because now you’re you’re still physical.
Mark Divine [00:33:16]:
You’re still outward focused, but now you’re getting closer to Having an inward focus because you’re concentrating on the breath and you’re moving. Yoga is not exercise. Right? Some people in the west or most of the west has conflated yoga exercises. It’s not. Yoga is concentration training for busy people active people who have to basically continue to move until They’ve really cultivated stillness in action to where then they can sit in meditation. So, we do we do start with mindful movement, Somatic movement. And then we go the 2nd step is to do what I call box breathing. This is our gift to the world.
Mark Divine [00:33:53]:
I started Fox breathing many years ago, and I’ve been teaching it to SEALs and everyone else since 2007, and now it’s it’s kinda like the word is becoming like Kleenex. It wasn’t something I could trademark. I tried and it’s no. But, you know, but that’s fine. It’s my gift to the world, but it’s so simple, you know, and I didn’t invent it. It came out of yoga. Also, I’m saying is you you wanna sit down and for 20 minutes a day, but start with 5 minutes a day. But, eventually, you’re gonna get 20 minutes a day, you’re gonna just breathe in that pattern, a 5 count inhale, 5 count holding of the breath, 5 count exhale and 5 count holding the breath.
Mark Divine [00:34:30]:
And, ideally, you’ll do it with your eyes closed. And so it has a lot of the features of concentration training you’re just concentrating on that pattern, but, what an incredible experience because what it does is it it keeps you in a state of of balance. So it’s triggering your parasympathetic nervous system. It’s massaging your vagus nerve. It’s stimulating all the Relaxation and recovery hormones. So you get the bleed off all the stress that’s build up in your life, both acute and chronic. And, and then because your brain and your heart and your belly are all part of your body mind system, It’s calming those aspects of your of your mind down and so that results in a real state of clarity that, You know, you can make better decisions in that space. So boxed breathing now is being used by doctors during surgery, attorneys, you know, during their courtroom, you know, appearances, business people during board meetings, you know, I I talk to read multiple times a day.
Mark Divine [00:35:33]:
I use it before everything that I’m gonna do that’s important. And I do it every day in the morning. So I think that’s that’s one of our secret reference. In our training at Unbeatable Mind, We actually layer in we consider box breathing to be kinda like the foundation, then on top of that, like an app. On top of that app, we build in other tools. So on top of the box breathing foundation, then we’ll build in the tools to cultivate the positive, Powerful warrior dialogue, that internal dialogue. We call it feeding the 3rd awareness so that you can have great situational awareness. Everything’s going on around you and inside of you than to learn to visualize powerfully Both the practice of skill and the practice becoming the kind of person that is worthy of stepping up to some of those big audacious goals that we wanna take on.
Mark Divine [00:36:24]:
And what we call task orientation, which is chunking things down to the smallest arc that’ll lead to success, which helps Keep us really radically focused and present. All of those we train through this box breathing practice. This this is money skill for any leader. So start, you know, adding this to your morning routine, right when you wake up. So when we wake up, grab a glass of water, Sit back in bed or on your stool or in your chair, straight spine, and just begin that 5 count inhale, 5 count hold, 5 count exhale, 5 count hold. And When you’re done with that, get up and do some, you know, some light yoga or or something that’s gonna move the spine and kinda reintegrate your body, and, you’ll be off to the races.
Scott McCarthy [00:37:10]:
Awesome tips. Awesome. Awesome. Wow. The whole show is fantastic. Wow. Cool.
Mark Divine [00:37:15]:
Scott McCarthy [00:37:15]:
have to re I gotta relisten to this one. So I don’t know if you know. I do a key takeaways portion at the end of the show. Or usually, I’ll recap 2 to 3 of my key takeaways from from
Mark Divine [00:37:25]:
Scott McCarthy [00:37:26]:
I’m gonna have to filter because I’ve been taking notes this whole time.
Mark Divine [00:37:31]:
I get it.
Scott McCarthy [00:37:32]:
I gotta be redoing the whole show. Mark, it’s been a pleasure to have you on the show. I do got 1 last question I want you to ask all my guests, And that is according to you, Mark Devaughn, what makes a great leader?
Mark Divine [00:37:44]:
You know, I think a great leader is someone who’s Taught themselves that it’s not all about them. So they’ve tamed they’ve tamed their ego, and they generally care about their teammates And the mission, and they’re willing to suborn their own victory or their own need to, you know, for The applaud and for the success to be theirs to to the team. And that that is that needs to be trained. It’s not you know, very few people actually have that without let me put this a authentically. Yeah. It has to be authentic because if you’re if you’re pretending like, if you read, You know, servant leadership, you know, or or, like, there’s a lot of books, like, you know, out there like this, League from the Heart or something like that. If you read it and you’re like, oh, yeah. I gotta be like this, and you try to be like that, but you’re not like that, then everybody knows.
Scott McCarthy [00:38:34]:
It certainly comes across easily Yep. Fake. Right.
Mark Divine [00:38:37]:
It’s fake. So you can’t really work on it.
Scott McCarthy [00:38:40]:
I always say that, I’m the reason for my guys’ failure, but they’re the reason for our success. Right?
Mark Divine [00:38:45]:
That’s awesome. Yeah. Yeah. And the military is Great place to learn this because, you know, you truly have to rely on your teammates for your life, for survival, for the mission. You train together, you suffer together, you sweat, you bleed together, and ultimately, it develops great respect. You know, when you check your ego at the door, what you’re really saying I respect you. I trust you. I care for you.
Mark Divine [00:39:08]:
Let’s go get it done. You know what I mean? That’s why you see a lot of military guys hug and and people are like, you know, you don’t ever see that in the business world. Right? And and guys are able to call themselves out and call each other, you know, when someone screws up to call them on their shit, You know? But to do it in a way that, you know, it’s not it’s like, okay. You’re right. You know? When people come when my teammates called me out on my screw ups, I was like, thank you. You’re right. You know? And you develop you know, you would you call it a thick skin, but it’s really a big heart.
Scott McCarthy [00:39:39]:
You know what I mean? Definitely another level of trust. Right?
Mark Divine [00:39:42]:
Scott McCarthy [00:39:43]:
Awesome, Mark. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the show. I know the audience will too. This is Tom where I flip the mic over, although you’ve had the mic the whole time. But feel free to you know, where people can find you, give yourself Seal fit a shameless plug. You are releasing another edition, a new later edition of your your book as well, so you feel free to talk about that too.
Mark Divine [00:40:06]:
Okay. So I’ll start there. The one of my books is called The Way of the Seal. It’s just I just love this book. It’s so much fun to write, and It’s kinda like my tree ties on how to live the warrior way. You know, we chose this the way of the seal because I was a seal navy seal for 20 years. A lot of what we talked about, you’ll find in the book, but the book is really for leaders. The subtitles, think like an elite warrior to lead and succeed.
Mark Divine [00:40:29]:
And I’ve got a I had a, opportunity with my publisher to do a new edition for the 5th anniversary that it’s coming out on Memorial Day. So 2 new chapters, 1 leading in accelerated times, and 1 building lead team. Key takeaways for every chapter’s been edited and updated. It’s Super cool book. And the cool thing about this book, Scott, is it’s getting more and more relevant every year. So I’m excited about that. That, you can find more about that and also get a Free workbook PDF. It’s like 40 pages with all the exercises stuff by going to the, way of the seal.comwaytheseal.com, And you can preorder it there.
Mark Divine [00:41:06]:
SEALFIT is our our rigorous, physical mental training program for warrior athletes. Unbelievable programs we have there. One’s called KokoroCamp, which is our 50, 5 0 hour nonstop Training program that’s modeled after the Seals Hell Week. And we do custom programs for private, groups. You know? We do a lot of high schools and College teams and professional teams and not as well as corporate teams. And then Unbeatable Mind is our executive coaching program, and, we’re getting into business Not this call, but business coaching, teaching people all the skills that we talked about. So undoing mind.com is that. And then my and I have a book by that name.
Mark Divine [00:41:48]:
I’m doing mine, which is really where this all started, and that’s available at Amazon. Thanks for letting me do that.
Scott McCarthy [00:41:54]:
Yeah. No worries. For the audience out there, again, things are always made easy for you guys. For everything regarding Mark, all the links and stuff, you just go to show notes. Movingforwardolutions.comforward/ 54 is in 54. You’re gonna find, the links to his websites as well as links to his books, and they’ll be also listed on the Moving Forward Leadership, resources page 2. So, Mark, again, man, thank you for your time. I know it took us a little bit to get this, off the ground, but, I truly appreciate you taking time, At your schedule and, from the hotel room that you’re in Right.
Scott McCarthy [00:42:27]:
Vacated from your house. For the audience, stick Bye. And, I’ll have my key takeaways after I figure out which ones I’m going to That’s awesome. Today.
Mark Divine [00:42:35]:
Scott is awesome. Thank you, buddy.
Scott McCarthy [00:42:39]:
Cheers. So don’t you guys now understand and see why I was So excited about this show when we first, started this episode. What a great guy. What a great episode. What a great interview. Yeah. I was speechless for most of the time, which is very odd for, well, you to listen or if you’ve been listening to me for a while slash if you know me, People know that it takes a lot for me to be speechless, but Mark definitely did it. Anyway, let’s dive into my key takeaway before I kinda wrap up today’s episode.
Scott McCarthy [00:43:25]:
And the first one being impact 1 to impact 10. And this is really a core leadership thing. Right? If you have an impact on 1 person, then that’s actually going to extrapolate and and impact more and more people as that person impacts, let’s say, 2 people. Then they go out, so now you’ve impacted 3. But then those 2 go out and impact 2 people. Well, then now you’ve impacted 9. Alright. You are almost at that 10 simply by impacting 1.
Scott McCarthy [00:43:55]:
So keep that in mind while you are trying to achieve something new. Next key takeaway I got was that the brain and body are 1. And you heard Mark talking about it. You know, what What we want to be able to do in our minds, you know, our body basically extracts that and does it for us. So the brain and body are 1. We have to treat them as 1. You have to look at them as 1 and basically act as 1 and and And listen to go back and listen to what he’s talking about during that section, and, basically, getting in the right mindset to achieve what we it is you need to achieve. And then the final key takeaway, which I got going on in my mind, is that We need to to speed up today.
Scott McCarthy [00:44:43]:
We actually need to slow down. You know, how often are we run over? Overcast, over prioritized. Everything’s a priority. Well, guess what? Nothing’s a priority. We need to speed up. We need to slow down. Another podcaster out there says, you know, if it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a hell no. Right? You need to get excited for those things that they’re doing.
Scott McCarthy [00:45:08]:
Takeaway that was minutes, hours, days of your time. Because if you’re not excited for it, then why are you even bothering to do it? And I normally do 2 to 3 key takeaways, but you know what? I’m gonna throw in a 4th because this episode was so damn good. And the final one is win your mind before kicking off the day. How many of you are out there? You wake up, And the first thing you do is grab your phone. I know you’re shaking your head going, yep. That’s me. You know what? I do it sometimes too, Wake up and check my phone. Right? But, no, how would you just sit there, lay there, relax, Meditate maybe even a little bit.
Scott McCarthy [00:45:49]:
Do some of the box breathing Mark has talked about. Think about what you’re grateful for today. Don’t think about what you need to achieve today, Now think about what you’re grateful for as you start your day off. Okay? Win your mind before kicking off the day. That’s it, folks. If you enjoyed this episode, which you must have because God knows I did, then Share it. Share it with somebody that, you think would enjoy as well. Right? Go out there and share it.
Scott McCarthy [00:46:23]:
And feel free to leave me a rating or review on whatever platform it is you’re using to, listen to this podcast so that others can go and find this podcast and listen to many great shows just like this one. Right? And also, finally, don’t forget to subscribe. If you’re not subscribed already, why not? Alright. Subscribe and, never miss an episode. Okay? And the final thing I want to throw out there is, again, Mark’s book, The Way of the Seal. The updated version is in the show notes. Okay? The link to it as well, it’s on the moving for forward leaders sorry. Moving forward leadership’s resources page.
Scott McCarthy [00:47:06]:
Now gonna edit that out. It’s there. If you wanna grab a copy, I highly recommend. And, actually, a shout out to listener Rob. Rob was kind enough to buy me a copy. So, Rob, publicly, thanks, man. I truly appreciate it. So listen to Rob.
Scott McCarthy [00:47:23]:
Yeah. Got me a copy. So if you want your own copy, then head out there and, grab it grab it from the show notes. Again, that’s moving for illusion.comforward/54. Alright? Hey, folks. That’s all I got. I’m gonna wind this down and, you know, prep it for launch tomorrow because it is 10:30 at night. Alright.
Scott McCarthy [00:47:45]:
As always, Keep pushing. Keep trying. Keep moving forward. Take care now.