A Common Man with Uncommon Desire to Succeed

*The Route 56 Challenge: Day 41*

Do you recognize the creed listed below? Think about it’s relevance and potential importance to you. Is it all irrelevant? Or just some parts? Would parts of your life benefit if some of it accurately reflected you?

In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life.

  I am that man.

My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. 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.

My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.

I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men.  Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast.

My word is my bond.

We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.

I will never quit.

I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time.  I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission.

I am never out of the fight.

We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me – my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail.

My training is never complete.

We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.

Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.

I will not fail.

In my opinion, there isn’t a more fine group of men on the planet than the United States Navy SEALs. This is their creed, and these words are more than a message for a plaque. These men have forgotten failure, they have out trained the option to quit, and their integrity to each other is unyielding.

FFOTB: Girls beating guys in workouts since 2010

I get chills and sometimes cry when I read this. I never enlisted and sometimes I wonder if I’ll regret it. Until then, I’ll just admire the character of these operators. There are lessons in this for all… even those who will never see a battle field.

Logan Gelbrich

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Friday’s Workout:

Clean and Jerk 1-1-1-1-1-1-1

AMRAP 10
Max Strict Press (45)
12 Jumping Lunges

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