“There is definitely a new normal and former barriers are being blasted away”
I just wanted to thank you for putting on Kokoro. It was awesome! Outside of family, the best experience of my life for sure. I learned so much from it, and (as you said) more things are revealing themselves almost daily:
- The power of presence – not focusing on the past or future but being fully and completely in the moment
- Understanding how much more you have to give when you previously would have thought you were on empty
- The incredible power of resolve and having a strong why
- The efficacy of micro-goals and mantras
- The power of focusing on others and taking your eyes off yourself
- Positive self-talk
- Inspiring others through all-out effort (and the physical attributes that go along with that – physiology, voice qualities)
- Front-sight focus (and then what you de-focus on – heat, discomfort…)
- Embracing the suck and jumping over the emotional response – not, “How much longer….? Or “When will this end….? But – Hooyah! Got this. Easy Day! Positive self-talk as noted above but also not judging and embracing whatever is in front of you.
- Relying on other people – knowing what you are good at and not, and opening up to others so that you have a strong team
- The power of visualizing and winning first in your mind
In addition to the physical training for the event (SEALFIT WODs and enhanced running, rucking, swimming and breathwork / meditation), I utilized the Big 4 of Mental Toughness and Focusing on others to achieve this goal, which will help as a UM Coach absolutely knowing 1,000% that these approaches work!
By the way, I had a PR on Murph with a 20 lb weight vest last night – 33:08 (my previous best the month before Kokoro was 34:26), and my swim buddy told me he ran his best mile ever at 5:35 two days ago. He also got free Laser Surgery when he told the Dr. about Kokoro and his goal to become a SEAL! There is definitely a new normal and former barriers are being blasted away.
Kokoro, SEALFIT, Unbeatable Mind, and Kokoro Yoga have had a profound, positive impact on me; YOU have had a profound, positive impact on me, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to helping you realize your vision of impacting a billion people.
“I got an email asking if I was tough enough”
I first bought 8 Weeks to SEALFIT in 2014. I got an email from Men’s Health asking if I was tough enough and I’d been working out on and off since 2007 and thought here’s just another program to try. As I read the book I realized it was about a great deal more than just a workout. I tried the introductory workouts and they left me on my ass, sucking wind, wanting to quit. And I did. The book just kept nagging at me though. Every few months I’d pull it out and try again, maybe get a little further than before but never truly get into it. I was just too out of shape, didn’t have the time, didn’t want to be in the gym at work doing funny looking exercises, blah blah blah. I built up walls of excuses around me.
I started researching Mark. I read Unbeatable Mind, The Way of the SEAL, and I kept up with the emails from the website. When Kokoro Yoga came out I jumped at the chance to be in one of the early groups. I finished that challenge and then the Clean Eating Challenge as well. Then I heard about Bootcamp. The introductory level workouts to get you ready for Onramp. It was like a dream come true. The missing piece of the puzzle for me arrived. I told myself this was something I’d see the whole way through and not quit. Here we are at the end of week 12 and I couldn’t be happier. The excuses are gone and all that is left is me.
I can’t wait for the next level. There will be no quitting this time. The book I’ve carried around in my gym bag for 3 years doesn’t scare me anymore, it challenges me and I will answer the challenge.
“You have had a massive positive impact in my life more than I can put across with words.”
I’ve been following you’re work for the past couple of years. When I was 15 I read Way Of The SEAL and that completely changed my outlook on life. The one part of the book that has always stuck with me is letting the hammer hit the funny bone. In this section you talked about the time when you were singled out for 1000 man makers. When people reading this I thought A) that’s crazy AND I wondered if I could do something like that? So that day I went home and did 1,000 push-ups for time. It was hella hard and there were many many times when I thought that there was no way I would finish. Eventually I did I took me just a second shy of 3 hours though I did it.
From then on I started to embrace the suck and seek out obstacles to test myself on. Over the past few years that’s been an ultra marathon a 3,000 burpee wod which took a little under 12 hours and as of February the 17th my first 100 mile ultra marathon.
I can safely say that you have had a massive positive impact in my life more than I can put across with words.
Jason Woods, Hooyah!!!
“Your work is changing my life for the better.”
Good day from Down Under Sir,
My friend Matt and myself have been following your work for some time now and we find your work inspirational. Both books, The Way of the SEAL and Unbeatable Mind are helping both of us with our daily struggles and finding a way forward.
We are both fathers, with day to day desk jobs aspiring towards meaningful life, and working towards it. Your work and books are helping tremendously and we have recently started with 20X challenges.
I just wanted to send this note and thank you personally, Mark. Your work is changing my life for the better. One day I hope, I will be able to afford to attend SEAL fit and earn my Trident.
Thank you again,
“My doctor was amazed at my progress.”
Good Evening Sir,
I want to thank you for responding to my email concerning my progress with the Seal Fit Program. It was very inspiring.
I had my annual review with Liver Doctor today.
Its been six years since my Liver Transplant. I received a clean bill of health report and my doctor was amazed with my progress. The last time I saw him, I was very overweight, tired all the time and suffering from metabolic syndrome due impact of the transplant and all the meds they game me to keep me alive. He had simply stated that I had to work four times as hard to lose weight and feel better again. Since then I have read three of your books and followed your program to the best of my ability in “8 Weeks to Seal Fit”
When I took my shirt off for my examination he was amazed of my progress and was very curious as to how I cracked the rust of my mind and body. I simply explained to him that I came to the conclusion that I disagreed with him regarding working four times as work as the average person to get well again….I told that with your help and your books I learned that I needed to work 20Xs harder than the average person to really get in touch with myself, find out why I am here, and finally learn what my 3 Ps were. My doctor was very interested in your program and I relayed your name and information to him. He is currently writing a book and wants to schedule a video interview with me to discuss how I made my turn, so more people can be helped to recover at a faster rate through the power of the mind.
I am looking forward to meeting with him and explaining in detail how my journey started. They will be tracking my progress every 6 months with body fat measurements and physical examinations. My goal is to drop 25 – 30 more pounds and lean out with a 10 – 15 % fat ratio.
Again I thank you for devoting your knowledge, experience and expertise to helping people become who they were really meant to be.
I once heard that the definition if hell is the day you die and finally meet the person you could have been…..that scared the crap out of me and then discovered SEALFIT.
“Discover what it means to live with meaning”
A year ago, I sent this invitation to a group of Canadians – chosen for their strength of character, physical standards and history of integrity. Here’s the invitation:
On December 30, 2013 my sister died. Hanging on white-knuckled to the guardrail of her hospital bed — fighting cancer to the very end without an ounce of personal despair. She was a warrior.
A week later I was back at work, feeling impatient with the pathetic whining and complaining that our society has come to encourage and appreciate. “I’m exhausted” “So busy”. “My client/wife/boss/friend doesn’t appreciate me.” “Life is overwhelming”. “I’m so hung over.”
Add to that an observation. In business and politics and life – “leadership” is about winning a game at all costs. Cheaters are rewarded for their manipulation. Liars are applauded for their brilliance. Leaders are asked to be nurturing and accepting, and submissive. It occurred to me – that as men – we’ve lost our strength and character. Who have we become? Where is our mental toughness, our warrior spirit, our honor, our commitment. Our courage. Where is our fight?!
Look around. Physically, men have become soft – we totally lack discipline, guided by emotional whims – we eat garbage, drink ourselves senseless, and work out like pansies. We let our women open their own doors. Mentally, we procrastinate. Relationally, we avoid the tough conversations. Morally, our society is completely wasted.
After 20+ years training with elite martial artists, X-Canadian military & a handful of old-school police officers – I’ve decided to regain what it means to be a man.
Welcome to SEALfit. NOT for the faint of heart, my goal is to push myself and a team of friend warriors beyond our limits (emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually). Together we will train, bleed, laugh, cry…and either “ring the bell” and quit or emerge as a TEAM of warriors – ready to stand together to do what others can’t. We’ll hold ourselves accountable. We’ll build our character. We’ll discover what it means to live with meaning and manners. We’ll lead and be led into battle.
Join me in a year long journey to prepare as a team for a crucible experience guided by the “real-deal” Navy SEALs in California. If you are hesitating, please don’t reply…but if you are ready and absolutely willing to “embrace the suck” – send me a one word reply: “HOOYAH!!!”
Your team at SEALfit were absolutely remarkable. You absolutely exceeded our wildest expectations. Every single person involved in the program was world class. You pushed us to our limits and beyond, and then kept on pushing. We have emerged not only as better men, but as transformed men. We experienced something incredible – beyond what words can describe.
And now, we are ready to plunge headfirst into the fight, we are addicted to adversity.
You are truly in the business of transformation and we applaud you for that.
THANKYOU. WE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN.
HOOYAH Coaches: Divine, Cummings, Waterson, James, Taco, Bork, Will, John, Tom, Catherine & everyone else involved.
“Found A True Sense Of Authentic Team”
Before Sealfit I was training at my local Crossfit gym. I was really enjoying the support of the Crossfit community in the early years, but the team aspect was missing. Through SealFit’s UMA program I found the true sense of authentic team and that drew me intensly toward Kokoro.
I’ve had huge break throughs in UMA.
Kokoro has caused me to be much more intentional and consistent. To find my single point focus that I was missing. It wasn’t what I had in mind but it WAS my blind spot.
– Jason Diestel
“This Event Changed My Life”
Before Sealfit I was in pretty good shape, I had personal trainer that was helping me get to my fitness goals that I wanted to achieve.
When I was I kid I always big on the military, once I was an adult I remember watching Buds class 234 on Discovery channel and seeing those men go through intense training like that, I was always curious what it would be like to go through bud/s. I found Sealfit which drew me in to find out how challenging it is to be a Seal.
This event changed my life that I can I push myself further then I ever would possible. Mentally it got me stronger then I was before I started Sealfit. I am hoping to take on the challenge of Kokoro this year for another exciting experience in my life. Mark Divine your a great teacher and I thank you for all the beat downs that we had to do to make us stronger. Hooyah!!
“More Disciplined, More Confident, More Positive”
Before SEALFIT I was a college student and aspiring SEAL. I have wanted to be a SEAL for most of my life and had known about SEALFIT for years. Originally I was just planning on doing Kokoro in preparation for BUD/S, but as I did more and more research on the Academy, and read Coach’s books, I realized that the Academy was exactly what I needed to do.
From the Immersion Academy I was expecting to find tremendous mental and emotional growth, and thats exactly what I found. I can’t even describe the take aways I’ve experienced. What you guys teach at SEALFIT is so on the money. The biggest things I took away were the importance of breathing, the practice of witnessing the negative chatter in your mind, and the acceptance of the now. It was during Kokoro that I realized how important it is to live in the now. I think it was the first night when we were at the beach Coach Weatherford(?) gave us a pretty powerful speech that has stuck with me. By putting out 100% in every evolution, in every moment, in every breath you take, you have no choice but to embrace the now entirely. When you go as hard as you can in each moment, you aren’t worrying about how much longer the evolution is, or how bad it might hurt; you are being perfect in that moment. That is how I made it through Kokoro and how I will make it through BUD/S.
I am just a better person. I’m much more confident, more disciplined, and so much more positive. I practice daily meditation through box breathing and also do a 3 minute horse stance every morning as a form of active meditation. SEALFIT helped me realize that we control our level of suffering in any situation. While my ultimate goal is to be a Navy SEAL, the things I learned at SEALFIT have helped me in every aspect of my life.
“I Understood For The First Time Just How Transformative Kokoro Was”
To Coach Divine and the SEALFit Staff:
A heartfelt thanks for my experiences at Kokoro and the Comprehensive Academy this past October. I reflect daily upon the lessons and knowledge taught during Kokoro and the academy. Not an hour passes without thinking of my teammates or the suck we endured during the 7 days at HQ! It was heaven on earth.
It was important to me to write a testimonial after fully absorbing my experiences. I knew I was a different person immediately after Kokoro. However, after having one of the most disappointing days of my life this past Monday, I understood for the first time just how transformative Kokoro was. On Monday, I learned that I am medically disqualified from joining the SEALs due to color vision deficiencies. This was a blindside and a gut wrenching moment to say the least. I’ve always seen colors normally and never had any inclination to believe that I have this condition. Earning the Trident has been my first thought upon waking every day since I was 14 years old. I’ve trained relentlessly for the past two years to forge a strong and durable body. Needless to say, learning that I was disqualified was a kick in the nuts. But something happened shortly thereafter that surprised me. It was my control over my emotions…and it was all thanks to what I learned at the Academy and Kokoro.
As I was leaving MEPS, I sat in my car in silence and focused on my breathing. I must have sat there box breathing for 30 minutes to filter out the negative and fear based thought patterns. Instead of feeling like a victim and asking “why me?” I simply accepted it as an unfortunate life circumstance. I thought “it could always be worse.” Rather than feeling hate towards the system, I embraced it and sought to understand why the rules exist. I was completely and utterly present in the moment. Finally, I felt love for myself. I didn’t dwell my imperfection or think about the what ifs. I listened to my intuition and acknowledged that there is something else out there for me. I am a warrior and I believe that the closing of this door means that others are now open. I am grateful for my training and the knowledge I’ve acquired throughout this journey and I am content with my current situation.
Anyone looking to attend Kokoro understands the physical and mental barriers that you must knock down in order to succeed. However, the gold is in how you learn to control your emotional response to outside stimuli. The environment at Kokoro will mold you into becoming a more emotional resilient being. No other physical challenge that I have participated in has penetrated so deeply into my soul. It is an experience unlike any other that will transform your life in many unexpected ways.
Once again, thanks to all the SEALFit coaches staff and my teammates. Hope to see you soon on the grinder.
– Sam D.