Are You The Best You Can Be?

“If you come out of the gate telling yourself that you can’t do something, then your already done. You don’t have to worry if there’s going to be plenty of people around that will tell you “you can’t do something.” If you tell yourself you can do anything, and no matter how many times you get hit or go down, even if you’re shaken up, If you get back up and shake it off, and come at it with everything you’ve got… eventually you’re going to pass it. Or you’re going to be dead and if you’re dead then whats the big deal.”

-Marcus Luttrell

This is the opening to a military motivational video that is one of my favorites to listen to when I work out. One reason why I love it so much is the fact that it’s not just any motivational speaker. It was said by the one and only Marcus Luttrell. For those of you who don’t know who he is, Marcus Luttrell is a former United States Navy Seal who has received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart. But what is even more amazing is how he received these metals. Marcus was part of Operation Redwing in June 2005 where he was the only surviving member if a crew of four Navy Seals. This man has been there, done that, and has the t-shirt for lack of a better term. As Marcus said in an interview with Fox News, “Everything that I have been through in the past all that bad stuff, I don’t look at it that way because that was my job. That was my responsibility as an American. I wanted to do it.” Marcus was a member of one of the most elite fighting forces in the world. He strived to be the best that he could be. Are you?

The little known.

Grab a Shirt while we have 'em!It is a little-known fact by the general public that the fire service was developed as a paramilitary organization. Meaning that the fire service is organizationally based off of the military system. If we are structured like the military then why shouldn’t we operate like them? The first day of my fire academy we were told. “We are a paramilitary program and we will run it as such. You will be in uniform and in your seats or at the tower ready for class at 0800. You will be punished with PT. If you don’t like that, then there’s the door.” Should that not be the mentality that we take into our departments every day? The United States military strives to be the best most deadly fighting force in the world. Should we not be striving to have the best damn fire departments? Or even be the best individual in your department.

Who would kill to be where you are?

Now I know almost all of us have worked our asses off to get where we are today. But how many of us go to work every day like there is someone in line for your job. I have seen many individuals that would kill to be where most of us are. I was previously a Jr. firefighter and we had a member of our program that had shaken baby syndrome and could not physically complete all the same tasks that we could. But this kid had more heart for the fire service than most departments. I have even seen volunteers that put just as much or more time and heart in then some do in a lifetime. Just remember there is always someone after your job. Are you showing why you should be where you are vs. the person behind you?

Is it a job or a part of you?

Marcus once said that his job was not a Navy Seal he said I am a Navy Seal. It wasn’t just a job to him it was who he was and still is. Is it just a job to you? Are you just there for the fame and glory, or even the paycheck? Or are you a firefighter? Is that what you live for? Do you truly live for the job or are you just breezing by?

Are you going to quit?

Marcus was told while he was training to be a Navy Seal.

“You ain’t the hulk, you bleed just like everyone else. I’m waiting to see when I hit you, no matter how hard I hit you, if I hit you stupid, if I knock you down, or if I hit you and knock you out.. when you wake up if you come at me with everything you’ve got like a rampaging beast or if you quit, because if you quit right here… you will be a quitter for the rest of your life, you might as well go home and brush your teeth with a pistol.”

Now I know this is a very crude dry way to put it; but are you going to quit when things get hard are you just going to lay there and die. Or are you going to get up and give it everything you’ve got? I have been told before “You don’t have the f*cking option to quit. If you quit people f*cking die.”Are you going to quit? Or are you going to get your ass back up and give it your all? Are you going to strive to be the absolute best you can be? Now that is something that you must come up with on your own.