A Fortuitous Life Lesson

The flight turned into a fascinating lesson in true dedication.
This person was a former Green Beret who now trains special forces. When I met him, he was returning home from a three-week training boot camp.
We started talking about training as a topic.
He told me about the intensive training that went into every operation they were planning.
I’m not just talking strategic X’s and O’s.
I’m talking full-on DRY RUNS… 170 TIMES!
That’s how many times they practiced an important operation before carrying it out.
The goal was to practice over and over and over again…
…to the point that nothing could derail them or take them out of the ordinary when they do the real thing.
To, as he put it, “remove the friction” from the experience and make the mission second nature.
What an amazing concept…
Practicing so much to remove the friction altogether.
It’s that friction, stress and tension that create growth, but too many people do everything possible to avoid the friction rather than embracing it and learning to love it.