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Navy Seals: "50 hours of non-stop training is hell"

You are one of the toughest guys on this planet. They fear neither death nor the devil when they seem to grow beyond human on their risky missions - the Navy Seals. But what is the secret behind the physical and mental training of the special unit?

Mark Divine worked for the Navy Seals for nine years and was a reservist for eleven years until he retired from the US Army as Commander in 2011. Based on this experience, he has developed an unconventional training program that is intended to increase both physical and mental performance.

In California, the 50-year-old, who visually corresponds to the cliché of a drill instructor, chases the willing through murderous boot camps. His bestseller "Sealfit in 8 weeks" is now available in German. A training program that, according to Divine, can be implemented for anyone who is serious and wants to raise their life to a higher level, as he reveals in the interview.

The world: Mr. Divine, the Navy Seals education and training program is considered to be one of the toughest ever. How did you prepare when you decided to join the special unit?

Mark Divine: Before joining the Seals, I trained in martial arts for four years and did my black belt in karate (Seido and Goju Ryu). I did a lot of meditation and hard physical training. The mental training gave me a lot of self-confidence. I also worked with visualization.

The world: What does that mean?

Divine: I saw myself doing Seal training in my mind's eye, imagining how I would be successful and get my Seals Trident (the badge of the US Navy Seals, one of the rarest and most sought-after badges of the US armed forces - d.R.). I did that for a full year before joining the Seals in 1990 at the age of 25. When the time came, I had the feeling that I had been there before, my visualization was so present. I did really well and was the best of my year.

The world: Weren't you afraid of the tough training with the Seals?

Divine: I had certain expectations, yes - but not nearly as negative as the others due to my mental preparation. I think I got ahead of them. I was helped by what I am now teaching, which is "The Big 4" - the four basic skills. In addition to visualization, this includes correct breathing, which I learned through martial arts. It makes it possible to control anxiety and stress. Also, I had a positive attitude, which made me a good leader, people trusted me. And I set realistic goals for myself. Instead of thinking about the entire nine months of training, I focused on every single day. How do I get through the day best? How do I always do my best? These qualities have not only helped me enormously to get through the training, they are very valuable for my entire career and my life.