• Paige Hill

No time to exercise? David Goggins begs to differ!

Carl Jung said that "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become". Enter David Goggins. While I think it is fair to say that living a balanced and contented life is not exactly what he has achieved, to be fair, it's not remotely what he strives for. His mindset is incredible, and his achievements are undeniable. It is hard not to be in awe, and inspired, by his life.

His take on psychologists is interesting - he basically said that as psychologists often see psychologists themselves, they are in no position to be helping others... which kind of implies that you need to be psychologically perfect to help others. It makes sense in a 'lead from the front' perspective often cherished in the military, but less so off the battlefield, where psychologists are humans with blindspots, who should get supervision from other psychologists to improve their practice, who should role model having no shame about getting help.... but I would say that, I'm a psychologist.

We might differ on a bunch of things, but this book is undoubtably an incredible read about a man who did defy the odds, and continues to push himself every day to be better. There's a part of me that can't help but feel for anyone who feels like they need to be constantly on guard from the world around them, that feels like they can't be hurt by anyone (I would love to invite him and Brene Brown to dinner and just sit back and listen), but when you read the book, it's not hard to see how that worldview developed.... and again it is phenomenal how he has used that mindset to create the kind of life he can be excited about.

Whatever you think of it, if you read his book, I suspect you will find it hard to say that you don't have time to work out. Better go put my trainers on...