The elite SEALs teams—the U.S. Navy’s Special Ops forces—have discovered how to make their trainees more successful at completing the mythically-tough training and actually become Navy SEALs. In fact, they now teach trainees stress control techniques that may be responsible for helping to boost the number of successful passing candidates from one fourth of each class to one third of each class.
Amazingly, these techniques are very similar to what I’ve been teaching my students for years. No magic here. What I teach comes directly out of good psychological research, and the SEALs have been doing their homework!
According to a recent History Channel documentary on brain science, SEAL trainees are now taught four key stress control techniques that allow them to perform better even during the grinding SEAL Hell Week.
The four keys? Goal Setting, Mental Rehearsal, Self Talk, and Arousal Control. I normally teach these techniques in my GRE prep course to help students cope with test anxiety and daunting study schedules.
Check back tomorrow as we look at how the SEALs use goal setting to overcome stress and how you can use it to excel during finals!