Cannot Damage Me by David Goggins : Guide Abstract


Can’t Damage Me: Grasp Your Thoughts and Defy the Odds

by David Goggins

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Navy SEAL. Military Ranger. Extremely-marathon runner. Extremely-distance bike owner. Triathlete. Motivational speaker. Guinness World File holder for having accomplished 4,030 pull-ups inside a 17-hour time period… Every of those accomplishments are a part of one man’s life-journey. His title is David Goggins, and he’s the writer of Can’t Damage Me: Grasp Your Thoughts and Defy the Odds.

On this extremely inspiring autobiographical self-help e book, David shares his journey of transformation, together with how he went from being a 297-pound exterminator to one of many hardest males on the planet.

The person has managed to beat unimaginable ache and tragedy in life—and nonetheless discovered a technique to conquer his challenges and achieve his targets. And in Can’t Damage Me, he combines his life story with a collection of methods that will help you grasp your thoughts, defy the chances, and achieve your personal targets.

Right here’s what you’ll find out about on this e book abstract

  • The keys to creating psychological toughness
  • Find out how to maintain your self accountable to obtain your targets
  • Find out how to situation your self to push previous ache and adversity to perform your highest ambitions.
  • and far, rather more…

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By recurrently and deliberately searching for problem and discomfort in your life, and by demanding extra from your self—bodily, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—you possibly can obtain the extraordinary and make what you beforehand thought inconceivable, doable. —click-to-tweet

Essential Quotes

“Our tradition has grow to be hooked on the quick-fix, the life hack, effectivity. Everyone seems to be on the hunt for that straightforward motion algorithm that nets most revenue with the least quantity of effort. There’s no denying this angle could get you a number of the trappings of success, if you happen to’re fortunate, nevertheless it won’t result in a calloused thoughts or self-mastery. If you wish to grasp the thoughts and take away your governor, you’ll must grow to be hooked on laborious work. As a result of ardour and obsession, even expertise, are solely helpful instruments when you have the work ethic to again them up.” —David Goggins, Can’t Damage Me

“You might be at risk of dwelling a life so comfy and mushy, that you’ll die with out ever realizing your true potential.” —David Goggins, Can’t Damage Me

“It’s much more than thoughts over matter. It takes relentless self self-discipline to schedule struggling into your day, day-after-day.” —David Goggins, Can’t Damage Me


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  2. THE 40% RULE
  3. WHAT IF?


“Inform the reality about the true causes on your limitations and you’ll flip that negativity, which is actual, into jet gas. These odds stacked in opposition to you’ll grow to be a rattling runway. There isn’t a extra time to waste. Hours and days evaporate like creeks within the desert. That’s why it’s okay to be merciless to your self so long as you notice you’re doing it to grow to be higher. All of us want thicker pores and skin to enhance in life. Being mushy if you look within the mirror isn’t going to encourage the wholesale modifications we have to shift our current and open up our future …. the one purpose I didn’t grow to be simply one other statistic is as a result of, on the final doable second, I started working.” —David Goggins, Can’t Damage Me

The aforementioned essential quote is about Goggins’ first expertise with what he calls the “Accountability Mirror,” which is a reality-based ritual he began throughout some extent in his life when nothing appeared prefer it was going his approach.

Right here’s how the Accountability Mirror works: Goggins would stand in entrance of his rest room mirror and get actual with himself about the place he was and the place he wished to be. He’d yell at himself, name himself names, and have full-on conversations with himself about the kind of individual he wanted to grow to be with a purpose to obtain his targets.

After his first expertise with the Accountability Mirror, Goggins started to place the items of his life collectively…

He stopped caring about what all of the “cool” youngsters in class considered him. He stopped sagging his pants and began tucking his shirt in. He stopped slacking off and obtained his grades up. He wrote down his targets on Submit-It notes and put them on his mirror. Every day, he’d stand in entrance of his mirror and his targets and maintain himself accountable.

He maintained this behavior of holding himself accountable into maturity and attributes it as one of many contributors to his psychological toughness and success.

Backside line? The Accountability Mirror is one thing you’ll discover useful it doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re in.

Actionable Perception(s):

1. Begin your personal every day ritual of standing in entrance of the Accountability Mirror. Look into it each day and inform your self the reality about the place you’re and the place you need to be.

2. Write down your targets on Submit-It notes and tag them to your Accountability Mirror. Maintain your self accountable to your targets each day.

One final (f-bomb laden) quote on this Massive Thought earlier than we transfer on:

“In case you look into the mirror and also you see a fats individual, don’t inform your self that you’ll want to lose a few kilos. Inform the reality. You’re fucking fats! It’s okay. Simply say you’re fats if you happen to’re fats. The soiled mirror that you just see day-after-day goes to let you know the reality each time, so why are you continue to mendacity to your self? So you possibly can really feel higher for a couple of minutes and keep the fucking identical? In case you’re fats you’ll want to change the truth that you’re fats as a result of it’s very fucking unhealthy. I do know as a result of I’ve been there.”

THAT’S an instance of getting actual with your self in entrance of the Accountability Mirror… What do you see if you stand in entrance of yours?

2. THE 40% RULE

“Whenever you assume that you’re executed, you’re solely 40% in to what your physique’s able to doing. That’s simply the boundaries that we placed on ourselves.” —David Goggins, Can’t Damage Me

Think about a automotive that goes as quick as 180 MPH. This automotive is supplied with an inside mechanism that alerts you if you’re going quicker than regular. Let’s say you’re approaching 100 MPH. What occurs? The steering wheel begins to tremble, letting you recognize you’re beginning to push the automotive’s acceleration a bit too laborious. However you assume, “Wait, can’t the automotive go 180? I need to push this automotive to the max! Why do I really feel like I must decelerate?”


Human beings are the identical approach…

We don’t all the time must push ourselves to the max, however at sure occasions and with sure endeavors, we do. And identical to the automotive we’re driving, we have now an inside “Governor” that tells us to cease approach earlier than we’ve reached our max.

Most of us faucet into solely 40% of what we’re really able to. Whenever you really feel like giving up, when it feels such as you’re too exhausted to maintain going—you’re normally simply 40% there, which suggests your thoughts desires you to cease, though you’ve obtained loads of juice left within the tank! You’re able to greater than you assume. Figuring out this fact is step one to changing into unstoppable and attaining the inconceivable.

Subsequent time you’re feeling like giving up on one thing, keep in mind the 40% Rule: if you really feel like giving up, you’re solely at 40% capability, which suggests your gas tank continues to be 60% full.

Actionable Perception(s):

– To begin dwelling your life at full capability, embrace the “discomfort zone” by pushing previous your consolation zone incrementally, little by little. For instance: if you happen to really feel like giving up after 10 pushups, push your self to do 5 extra. And subsequent time, push your self to do 6 extra, and so forth.

– You’re able to greater than you assume. Use the 40% Rule to remind your self of that. Work laborious and stretch your self just a bit bit outdoors your consolation zone—little by little each day—and also you’ll maintain establishing these tiny factors of progress as your new baselines. Little by little. Each day… Earlier than you recognize it, all these stuff you beforehand believed have been inconceivable, are actually not simply doable, however regular.

“The principle goal right here is to slowly begin to take away the governor out of your mind. First, a fast reminder of how this course of works. In 1999, after I weighed 297 kilos, my first run was a quarter-mile. Quick ahead to 2007, I ran 205 miles in thirty-nine hours, nonstop. I didn’t get there in a single day, and I don’t anticipate you to both. Your job is to push previous your regular stopping level …. Whether or not you’re working on a treadmill or doing a set of push-ups, get to the purpose the place you’re so drained and in ache that your thoughts is begging you to cease. Then push previous 5 to 10 % additional. If probably the most push-ups you’ve got ever executed is 100 in a exercise, do 105 or 110. In case you usually run thirty miles every week, run 10 % extra. The underside line is that life is one massive thoughts sport. The one individual you’re taking part in in opposition to is your self. Stick to this course of and shortly what you thought was inconceivable will likely be one thing you do each fucking day.” —David Goggins, Can’t Damage Me


“A very powerful conversations you’ll ever have are those you’ll have with your self. You get up with them, you stroll round with them, you go to mattress with them, and finally you act on them. Whether or not they be good or dangerous. We’re all our personal worst haters and doubters as a result of self-doubt is a pure response to any daring try to vary your life for the higher. You may’t cease it from blooming in your mind, however you possibly can neutralize it, and all the opposite exterior chatter by asking, What if?” —David Goggins, Can’t Damage Me

WHAT IF you labored tougher to realize your desires?

WHAT IF you pushed previous your consolation zone subsequent time you’re feeling like giving up?

WHAT IF you let go of all of the explanation why you can’t do one thing, and changed them with all of the explanation why you can?

How a lot would it not change your life? How a lot of a distinction might you make?

And what if you happen to determined to begin… proper now?

Actionable Perception(s):

  • Subsequent time you’re impressed to do one thing, however really feel that sense of self-doubt begin kicking in, cease your self and ask:
    • “What if I did _____?” Fill within the clean with what you need to do.
    • Then, take into consideration this: What would a profitable consequence appear like? And at last, comply with it up with motion.


“When you’re within the warmth of battle, it comes all the way down to endurance. If it’s a troublesome bodily problem you’ll in all probability must defeat your personal demons earlier than you possibly can take your opponent’s soul. Which means rehearsing solutions to the straightforward query that’s certain to stand up like a thought bubble:

‘Why am I right here?’ If you recognize that second is coming and have your reply prepared, you may be outfitted to make the split-second resolution to disregard your weakened thoughts and maintain shifting. Know why you’re within the battle to remain within the battle!

And always remember that each one emotional and bodily anguish is finite! All of it ends finally. Smile at ache and watch it fade for at the least a second or two. If you are able to do that, you possibly can string these seconds collectively and last more than your opponent thinks you possibly can, and which may be sufficient to catch a second wind. There isn’t a scientific consensus on second wind. Some scientists assume it’s the results of endorphins flooding your nervous system, others assume it’s a burst of oxygen that may assist break down lactic acid, in addition to the glycogen and triglycerides muscular tissues must carry out. Some say it’s purely psychological.

All I do know is that by going laborious once we felt defeated we have been in a position to trip a second wind via the worst night time of Hell Week. And after you have that second wind behind you it’s simple to interrupt your opponents down and snatch a soul. The laborious half is attending to that time, as a result of the ticket to victory typically comes all the way down to bringing your best possible if you really feel your worst.” —David Goggins, Can’t Damage Me

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I am Christian Nnakuzierem Alozie (Kris Kuzie Alozie). A native of Eziama Nneato in Umunneochi LGA, Abia State, Nigeria. I am an inspirational writer and a motivational speaker. And above all, a lover of charity.

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