Navy Seal Focus for Virtual Battlefronts and Real Challenges

The following is a guest blog post from an online friend and fellow gamer Mike Sweetman. Mike blogs at beahealthygeek.com, and loves to mix geek and games with fitness and self-improvement. So, let’s dive right into the post:

way-of-the-sealOne of the best self-help books I’ve read over the past year is, “The Way of the Seal” by Mark Divine. The book suggests that it will help you to “think like an elite warrior to lead and succeed.” At it’s core it is a business book, but it is also much more than that. It is much more than just a business book because it includes actual workbook like sections. And also because it teaches you to focus and overcome fears that can destroy business. For example he teaches you about concepts like front sight focus…but what is that?

What is Front Sight Focus?

Front sight focus is the ability to select the best targets or goals and stay zeroed in on them until they are completed. I’ve actually come to think of front sight focus as concentrating on those things that pop up as you try to complete your objective. You need to focus on these distractions in front of you, and then return to working on the main objective.

How I used Front Sight Focus in a Galaxy Far Far Away…

So perhaps a month or two after actually reading “The Way of the Seal” I was playing some Star Wars BattleFront online multiplayer. I’m pretty horrible since I don’t play very often. But, I realized that I might be able to improve my scores if I applied Mark Divine’s front sight focus principle.bf

To be more successful I needed to front site focus, but also keep my mind on the overall game scenario. I noticed far too often I was just running into the fray and being destroyed. I really didn’t focus enough on my radar. (Which shows close by enemies.) Plus I rarely even thought about my overall game objective which is often worth more than taking down other opponents.

So putting Mark Divine’s teaching to work, I decided that I needed to front site focus on my radar and screen, but once any immediate threat was eliminated I needed to return to thinking about the overall objective, like capture the flag, or capture and control. So, I might need to eliminate an opponent, but as soon as I was finished with defeating that opponent, I’d get right back on track to reaching my objective.

This may sound like common sense. And it is, but players, myself included, often get completely distracted from the game scenario, and are only concerned shooting other opponents. So, they never reach the objective, and never get the extra points.

The great news is this really worked for me. I don’t think I’ll ever be the best sharp shooter, but I started winning awards for gaining the most objective points!

Real Life:

So when it comes to real life, I always front sight focus on smaller targets as they come up, but I always keep my larger objectives in mind.

For example in my classroom, I am often interrupted by my students, announcements, or any number of other things. I need to deal with each of these interruptions as they come up, but must keep coming back to my overall objective of teaching a specific outcome to my students.

Another example would be crossing things off my to do list. I have things that come up in daily life that I must do, but they often don’t contribute to my overall personal goals. This means that as soon as I’m done with them, I need to get back to reaching those main objectives.

Of course, to be successful at reaching these ‘real life objectives or goals’ you need to be sure what your top objectives are? Why not take a moment to write them down now?

Thanks to Ches for letting me share my thoughts! I hope this helps you out in some way, and if you are really into Star Wars and self development I suggest you checkout my post here on thinking like a Jedi Knight! You may also be interested in some of the videos I’m putting up on my Youtube channel here. Stay healthy and stay geeky.

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Adventurer, what do you think?