Learning From The Royal Marines Ethos

Learning From The Royal Marines Ethos

The Royal Marines are an elite fighting arm of the British navy. Very much akin to the USMC, this group of fighting men and women are elite, well-trained, and formidable.

Like all high-level military operations, they understand the importance of developing a winning mindset and cultivating a bulletproof mentality. 

Let's break down their Ethos and learn from it.

The Royal Marines Ethos

The first part of the Royal Marines Ethos are the collective group values:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Self-Discipline
  • Humility
  • Courage
  • Determination
  • Unselfishness
  • Cheerfulness

After the collective group values, there are four parts to the Individual Commando Spirit:

  • Courage
  • Determination
  • Unselfishness
  • Cheerfulness in the face of adversity

The Value of an Ethos

Most people move through life without ever having paid any mind to the values they hold. 

That being the case, most people do not therefore choose their values. They inherit them perhaps (at best), or they are situationally pliable at worst.

Taking time to construct a code, an ethos, or a standard by which you will live your life is insanely valuable. It removes decision making from many situations in life.

By defining your conduct ahead of time, you don't have to decide in the moment how to react to a predicament. You already know because you've decided in advance.

Cheerfulness in the Face of Adversity

My favorite part of the Royal Marines Ethos is the concept of cheerfulness in the face of adversity.

I've also heard it called "suffering with a smile."

This may all sound like Rah-Rah self-help garbage, but believe it or not, there is science behind this.

One study found that smiling when you are down increased positive thoughts, positive self-image, and your mood. Another found that laughter increased immune function in post-partum women. And still another study found social-laughter to actually increase your pain threshold.

So while Cheerfulness in the Face of Adversity might sound like a line from a self-help seminar, there are real physiological benefits to the concept.

Create Your Own Personal Ethos

Perhaps you aren't a commando charged with protecting the lives of your fellow soldiers on a daily basis. 

I know that's not me.

But we can all benefit creating our own version of the Royal Marines Ethos to guide our daily lives. 

Just make sure part of yours is to smile more often!


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