The US Navy SEALS have a creed they live by in their work…1 min read

Proud saluting male army soldier on american flag backgroundWith the movie opening of the American Sniper this week I felt it was fitting to focus on the work of the Navy Seals. If you’re not familiar the American Sniper is a movie based on an autobiography of Navy Seal Chris Kyle who was the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The movie open’s this Friday, January 16th.

The US Navy SEALS have a creed they live by in their work. A few of my favorite lines…

  • The lives of my teammates and the success of the mission depend on me… (individual accountability)
  • If knocked down, I will get back up, every time… (resilience)
  • Focus on RESULTS. Embrace that results are what we’re all really after. Commit to delivering like you wish others would do for you.
  • MAKE LESSONS OF FAILURES. Minimize the tendency to make a mistake anything more than a lesson on how not to do something. Learn from your experiences and accept them as tuition for future success.
  • CONTINUE ON. Smarter.
  • REINFORCE. Support each other (and ourselves) by continually reminding and encouraging one another to deliver on these points.
  • In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. (purpose, responsibility)
  • By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day. (commitment – did you catch that word ‘privilege’?)

What if we all had a Trident for our work – something that says we truly accept the responsibility for our chosen profession – and we did it?