The Tough Guy Jason Foxs 13 Tactics You’ll Need to Thrive in Middle Age

It’s good if your mission together prioritizes time spent outdoors in nature and involves facing a fear or takes you out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s a fear of heights or public speaking, the challenge should be scary and inspiring at the same time, says Foxy.

Tactic 2: Competition is fuel

When you’re feeling stuck, finding motivation can be a mission in itself. How to stay on track and keep moving forward?

For Foxy, competition is fuel. And that doesn’t mean other people, necessarily. For me the best person to have as competition is yourself. Keep trying to improve yourself and go a little further.

If you’re sitting at 800 calories an hour on the bike or row, why not try 1,000? Keep competing with yourself.

When you’re competing against yourself, that’s the purest form of competition. Because only you know if you’re cheating, says Foxy, and that’s a very hard pill to swallow. It’s just you and your demons.

Tactic 3: Remember the main mission

If you’re going through an exercise program, whether it’s to lose weight, get fitter and leaner, or improve your mental health, there will come a time when you lose sight of why you’re doing it. And then you’ll look for reasons not to, says Foxy. Then you need to go back and remember your main mission.

During Foxy’s time in the special forces, a mission was always a concise, easy-to-understand line. The head stood up and said: Tonight our mission is to save the life of the hostage.

Mission escalation is when you focus on other things, which take away from what you are trying to achieve. It can kill people, you can get tired.

The enemy might be watching, you’ll be giving away tactics at the time you don’t need. It applies to everything in life. Just remember why you are doing something.


At the end of each mission there must be time for recovery. Decompression is a discipline. If done correctly, there’s a good chance you’ll feel stronger than before.

Tactic 4: Take a long, hard look

After you’ve completed your training session, make time for a debriefing on how you did. Could you have done better? Did you knock out this rep? Did you ignore the fifth set?

This same analysis is what special forces would do immediately after an operation. The hot debrief would be where the mission flush took place and he would be forced to answer Why did you do that?. This would feed into an after-action report, which needs to be learned from. How can you rectify mistakes so they don’t happen again in the future?

This long, hard stare remains a tactic that Foxy applies to all aspects of her life, not just training and adventures. Basically, it’s a grown-up way to be honest and see how you can tighten the screws on your mistakes.

It’s also about humility; resisting the temptation to say you’re awesome and you did great, even when you failed. If you let pride take over, you will never admit your mistakes.

Tactic 5: Live a parallel life

This technique is all about building your resilience reserves.

I went through a phase of hating the word, but I actually think it’s helpful. Resilience is how you react and bounce back from failure, sadness, whatever. It’s what you ask for to continue life.

Foxy suggests that you imagine your life running parallel to Life A and Life B.

In life A you are not so healthy. You don’t sleep well, you go out too much and drink too much, your diet is terrible, you don’t check in with yourself.

At Life B you have a healthy and balanced lifestyle. sleep well Your feed is fantastic. It’s balanced, you go out and have fun, drink a little but don’t drink too much and then check in with yourself.

When a big event happens, a house move, a job loss, a bereavement, or an illness, if you are in life B, you are more likely to recover from that trauma than if you are in life A. Because you are in a better stage of preparation, says Foxy.

Being operationally ready was a requirement of his time in the Special Forces. Entering B life is where the best form of battle preparation is done. And life is basically battle.

Still, sometimes life can end up being more Life A. Things had happened to me and I knew the week was a cancellation, I was in Life A. I just had to shop and it was so much fun, but now I’m suffering! I’m ready for life B.

Tactic 6: Respect the pain

Unless you’re Wolverine, which I think I am, but I’m not, Foxy laughs, you’re bound to get injured at some point.

Instead of criticizing the turn of events, Foxys advice is to respect and grow through the recovery process. An injury is an opportunity to rebuild, learn about your body and see what it’s capable of and how far you can push it.

Respecting pain is not just about doing it. If you pushed yourself in a session and you’re sore, it’s because you pushed yourself. It’s an inevitable part of training to be better.


A missed train, an unwanted responsibility, a family tragedy; The cycle of stress and worry can come in a number of ways. This is what life is really about, says Foxy.

Tactic 7: Turn on

A rage for Foxy is seeing people in the gym doing moves. They have no control over their bodies. They are making the move, but not committing.

For him, it’s getting a workout, understanding what your body is supposed to do.

Think about where your hips are, what are your knees doing? Push in or out? What should I be doing so that it is adequate exercise and not boring?

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