The Secrets to Achieving Wildly Important Goals with Mark Divine

The Secrets to Achieving Wildly Important Goals with Mark Divine

At the start of the year, we are always thinking about goals like losing extra weight, eating healthier, and managing our finances more efficiently, but what about wildly important goals? Have you ever set a goal so challenging that it takes you beyond your limits and changes you forever?

Today’s guest is Mark Divine. He is a former Navy SEAL commander, founder of SEALfit, and author of The Unbeatable Mind. His book was the inspiration for The Dad Edge and he was the first big guest on the show. Mark Divine just completed a burpee challenge to raise money and awareness for veteran suicides, which occur at the horrifying rate of every 22 seconds. This wasn’t a one-time event, but a year-long commitment of doing 300 burpees every single day.

Mark talks about how he pulls through and even thrives on these kinds of challenges. It’s not all grit. He uses breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, and intuition. You will be awed by the insights he shares in this interview. Save this episode to stay connected to your goals so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of this year.

'Life is suffering. When we embrace the pain and use it for personal growth, that’s when we start to experience the magic.'—Mark Divine @UnbeatableLife #personalgrowth #adversity #mindset Click To Tweet


'You’re not your story, you’re living your story, but you are not your story.'—Mark Divine @UnbeatableLife #yoga #mindfulness #meditation Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • Why he did the burpee challenge
  • How he and his team broke the burpee world record
  • The mantras he used to get him through 300 burpees every morning
  • How he continued the burpee challenge after he broke his foot
  • How the body and mind adapts to a new extreme normal if you have an audacious enough reason
  • How Mark practices intermittent fasting
  • How to chunk down huge goals into smaller SMART goals
  • How to turn goals into an integrative practice that combines mind and spirit
  • The Secrets to Achieving Wildly Important Goals
    • Be flexible – No plan survives contact with reality. You got to find a way to a make a way around obstacles.
    • Identify microgoals – no one can take away foundational successes
    • Be in the present – focus on the experience of life today, not your future goal
    • Organize your life so you can’t fail – eliminate friction points
    • Make it a non-negotiable goal or don’t set it – we have so many goals. Lump goals into one goal. Don’t hope, pretend, or wish. If you just put it on a list, you won’t get to it.
    • Go after your goals, not someone else’s – clarify who you are and why you do what you do. Once you define those things you realize all the efforts you’ve wasted time on.
  • Why you must properly asses your starting point
  • How comparing yourself to others is a huge mistake
  • The danger of becoming attached to the outcome
  • Why what we achieve isn’t that important
  • How SEALs fail their way forward to eventual success
  • What Mark Divine would say if he could have a conversation with his 21-year-old self
  • Embracing the suck
  • The yoga inquiry technique to discover who you are
  • How to connect to your “witness”
  • How killing as a SEAL fits into his perspective now
  • Slow down, simplify your lives, get comfortable in silence
  • Why learning how to be whole is the most important leadership skill
  • Why meditation apps are not real meditation
  • The benefits of box breathing
  • Why people fail at mindfulness meditation
  • How SEALs develop intuitive senses
  • Mark Divine’s new book Uncommon

'Failure is just a figment of one’s imagination.'—Mark Divine @UnbeatableLife #failure #goals #fear #courage #motivation Click To Tweet


How To Create An Unbeatable Mind with Navy Seal Mark Divine

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Episode Overview

“Movies do no justice to Seal Training.  There is no amount of grimaces that can capture the emotional and mental trauma that Seal Training puts you through.” – Mark Divine

We had the honor and privilege of having Navy Seal and NY Times Best Selling Author, Mark Divine come on our show.  Mark has two New York Times Best Sellers, “Unbeatable Mind” and “The Way of the Seal.”  He has such an amazing background and one that is different from any other.

Key Takeaways

  • How to develop an unbeatable mind and forge mental toughness
  • Discover how to “witness” negative thoughts and feelings
  • Uncover ways to relieve stress and anxiety through proper breathing
  • Learn how breathing is our most important fuel source
  • Learn about the “5 Mountains of Character” (Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, and Intuition)
  • Discover how developing an unbeatable mind will improve all aspects of fatherhood

About Mark Divine

Mark Divine

Mark Divine is a highly sought after speaker, coach, author and makes frequent media appearances to discuss Seal way of life.

He is from upstate New York with a degree in economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Mark’s first career was with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) as a Certified Public Accountant..

Four years after being with Coopers, Mark left behind the corporate world to pursue his vision to become an elite Navy SEAL officer. At 26 he graduated as honor-man (#1 ranked trainee) of his SEAL BUD/s class number 170. Mark served for nine years total on Active Duty and eleven as a Reserve SEAL, retiring as Commander in 2011.

Mark embarked on his third career as an entrepreneur in 1996 by co-founding the successful Coronado Brewing Company (CBC) and founding the web e-commerce site He later sold his interest in CBC, but continues to run as the leading web site for gear and information about the SEALs. In 2006 he launched US Tactical, a government contracting business where he gained contracts with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE for training support and with the Navy Recruiting Command for a nationwide mentoring program for SEAL trainees. This latter program was credited with increasing the quality of Navy SEAL candidates and reducing the attrition rate at BUD/s by up to 5% and was the inspiration for SEALFIT.

Mark Divine’s Unbeatable Mind and Fatherhood Connection

In this episode, Mark gives several examples of improving our fatherhood journey by forging mental toughness.

Proper Breathing will drastically help you reduce stress in every area of your life.  The average person takes 16-20 breaths per minute and breathe from their mouth.   These short breaths result in higher stress levels, reduced levels of energy, and higher levels of anxiety.  Breathing completely through the nose and with our diaphragms results in a full breath and utilization of 50% more lung capacity.  Proper breathing also results in more energy and less anxiety.  In the show, Mark explains the exact physiology behind proper breathing and exactly what it does.

Developing an Unbeatable Mind Through the Five Mountains of Character

In this episode, Mark talks about how we develop “the five mountains of character” to forge an unbeatable mind and mental toughness.

Physical:  Mark talks about the importance of taking care of our bodies physically and how we become better fathers if we take time every day for physical activity.

Spiritual:  Gaining clarity of why we are on this earth and following through on our commitments no matter what.

Emotional:  Mark explains why emotions are nothing more than a “felt thought” and how we can purposefully reduce negative thoughts, stress, and anxiety.

Mental:  developing mental toughness and a resilient character

Intuition:  Learning how to feel and sense things before they actually happen

Mark Divine on Developing an Unbeatable Mind by “Feeding the Courage Wolf”

In this episode, Mark goes into a ton of detail of how we can feed our confidence and positivity.  He also goes over a 4 step process to handle any difficult or stressful situation (kids acting out or stressful situation at work).

  1. Breathe:  Three full breaths (4 seconds in and 4 seconds out) through the nose.
  2. Take action you’re your initial “reactionary thoughts.”
  3. Maintain an internal positive mantra
  4. Decide on the next action step that will lead to success or victory.

Final Thoughts on Developing an Unbeatable Mind and How to be a Good Dad:

“One of the hardest leadership domains is parenting.  If you can master parenting, you can be a leader in any aspect of your life.” – Mark Divine

“One day, one life.” – Mark Divine

Mark concludes our interview with the above 2 quotes.  He explains that he lives by the quote “One day, one life.”  This means if today was your last day on earth, how would you live your life?  He explains that we literally need to live our lives like it is our last day, because realistically, there is always a possibility that it could be.  Be prepared to win the day every day.

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