41 Motivational Navy SEAL quotes



(These have either been said by the Navy SEAL’s or by a Navy SEAL)

The US Navy SEAL’s are the most elite group of warriors. They can run for miles on the ground, jump out of airplanes with all of their equipment in tow, and swim for miles in the open ocean. These common men with an uncommon desire to succeed are an extremely motivated, goal setting group.

So what make them so unique and effective? How do they do what they do? They train…a lot.

There is something that they call the big 4. These four things help them to conquer goals, move past fear, and operate at the highest level possible.

1. Goal Setting


2. Mental Rehearsal (Visualization) – Doing the same thing every day, getting into a routine is key to this exercise.

  • Read: Engineer your Morning
  • If you get into a routine that is challenging, once something challenging comes along in your life, it won’t matter, because you will already know how to work through challenging situations.
  • One of the best ways to do this is through Physical Exercise. Check out The360ManProject 30 Day Fitness Program.


3. Self-Talk – What are you telling yourself?

  • Learn the quotes below and say them to yourself when things get rough
  • Practice endurance exercise. You will learn the importance of self-talk.


4. Arousal Control – Box Breathing

  • Inhale for 5 seconds
  • Hold for 5 seconds
  • Exhale for 5 seconds
  • Hold for 5 seconds
  • Repeat for 5 minutes


The Navy SEAL’s have come up with some very powerful sayings over the years (50+) that have since been adopted by the civilian world. Try to learn at least one of them, so that when you get into a hard spot, you can repeat it in your head. I have been on some endurance runs, or triathlons where I have had to dig deep and have used a few of these myself. I have highlighted them in Red.

"Pain is weakness leaving the body" - US Navy SEAL's


"It pays to be a winner" - US Navy SEAL's


"It's all mind over matter, if I don't mind, then it doesn't matter" - US Navy SEAL's


"There are two ways to do something, the right way, and again." - US Navy SEAL's


"Anyone want to quit? - US Navy SEAL's


"Stay low, go fast. Kill first, die last. One shot, one kill. No luck, all skill" - US Navy SEAL's


"It may or may not, pay to be a winner" - US Navy SEAL's


"The only easy day was yesterday" - US Navy SEAL's


"Anything worth doing is worth over doing. Moderation is for cowards." - Shane Patton


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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf" - US Navy SEAL's


"You've only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you've got." - US Navy SEAL's


"Lions mustn't concern themselves with the opinions of lambs" - US Navy SEAL's


"You don't have to like it, you just have to do it" - US Navy SEAL's


"Under pressure, you don't rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training" - US Navy SEAL's


"Don't be afraid of the circuses" - US Navy SEAL's


"Sometimes you have to slide down the obstacles head first" - US Navy SEAL's


"Don't back down from the sharks" - US Navy SEAL's


"You must be your very best in the darkest moments" - US Navy SEAL's


"Start singing when you are up to your neck in mud" - US Navy SEAL's


"Don't ever - ever - ring the bell" - US Navy SEAL's


"Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds" - US Navy SEAL's


"Pain is good, extreme pain is extremely good" - US Navy SEAL's


"I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity...If knocked down, I will get back up every time." - US Navy SEAL's


"On your backs, on your bellies, on your backs, on your bellies, feet!" - US Navy SEAL's


"Nothing lasts forever" - US Navy SEAL's

"I don't stop when I'm tired, I stop when I'm done" - David Goggins


"The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle" - US Navy SEAL's


"Push 'em out" - US Navy SEAL's


"Lookin Good, Feelin Good, Oughta be in hollywood" - US Navy SEAL's


You're not here to survive this, you're here to take charge of it" - US Navy SEAL's


"Calm is contagious" - Rorke Denver


"When you think you are done, you are into 40% of what your body is capable of doing" - David Goggins


"Everybody comes to a point in their life when they want to quit. It's what you do at that moment that determines who you are" - David Goggins


"Your mind is the epicenter of sustained personal growth. Strengthen it in silence" - Mark Divine


"Always meet your commitments. Do more than is expected of you. Do things faster than expected. Achieve better results than expected. Do all of the above with integrity and little fanfare." - Mark Divine 

"To have an uncommon life, one needs to learn uncommon disciplines." - Mark Divine 


"It takes discipline to focus only on high-value targets instead of giving into the temptation of the low hanging fruit life serves up daily." - Mark Divine


"Slow is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast" - Navy SEAL's


"Two is one, one is none" - Navy SEAL's 


"Extreme Ownership. Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame." - Jocko Willink 


"Discipline equals freedom." - Jocko Willink 

If you have one that you would like to add, let me know in the comments below.


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