What You Can Learn from a Deployment

Some deployments are cake walks while others suck ass. I’ve been on both sides of the coin before. Regardless, every deployment brings about at least a few inconveniences and setbacks. Today we’re going to go over what you can learn from deployments, even if you’ve never left the U.S.


I alluded to the first one a little bit in the opening paragraph. You will always experience setbacks, and they usually occur at the worst possible time. Wallow in your pity and convince yourself to feel bad at your misfortunes and you’ll get exactly zero accomplished. Everyone has things that go wrong on a daily basis. The differentiator is that winners look for a way to overcome them instead of sitting and bitching about it.


Second, plans change, and they change pretty fucking often. Change can be beneficial though because it keeps you on your feet and avoids complacency. Along with that, start thinking a few steps ahead. Start thinking about what could go wrong, and in your mind run through possible actions that you could take. Computer freeze up on you in the middle of a presentation? That wouldn’t be such a big deal if you had a few notecards with all the bullet points with you in your pocket.


Third, appreciate the little things. On a deployment there’s no wi-fi, or texting, or fucking Starbucks (unless you’re on one of those cake walks and you have a Green Beans). Things that we often take for granted could be ripped away in a second’s notice. Take time out of your supposedly fast-paced life and sit down with your family like a normal human being. Your workplace would look to replace you the second you left, so why are you compromising time with what’s really important for a job that doesn’t give a shit about you?


Deployments suck, but you can learn a lot about yourself from them. Life is a challenge, but it is a challenge that you should embrace.


Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters & police. Jon is a personal trainer, firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and 3 cats.

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