Raising Strong Daughters

Raising Strong Daughters


Raising Strong Daughters and Healthy Addictions are the themes of today’s Five Minute Thursday GDP Podcast.

The words “healthy” and “addiction” certainly don’t seem synonymous. As a matter of fact, one seems to be the panacea to the other. But healthy can be an addiction when it’s done at the cost of other important elements in our lives.

Maybe you’re training for that IronMan that’s on your bucket list or spending an inordinate amount of time perfecting your golf game. Take a moment. Where are you spending the majority of your time outside of work? Are you giving your family the same time as you are giving that healthy addiction? We’re not saying you should give it up, simply be aware of the quality of time you are giving all areas of your life. Even the most well-intentioned of us can create an imbalance in our lives if we are not aware of what we are doing. In this 5 Minute Thursday, I cover this issue and dive into my own struggle with a healthy addiction; shedding some light on how to overcome this challenge.


Raising Strong Daughters

Speaking of imbalances, we’ve noticed at the GDP our tendency to focus on fathers and sons and not so much on fathers and raising strong daughters. So, we’ve listened to you and are bringing you a guest that will tackle that wonderful but mysterious world of raising strong women (stay tuned).

We also have a few other exciting surprises in store (details on this 5 Minute Thursday podcast).  Below are the links I mentioned in this episode.  Make sure you check out The Driven for Excellence Summit with Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman, Ryan Michler, and myself.

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Thank you for checking out this week’s show on raising strong daughters and healthy addictions.

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Eric Davis Raising Men

Eric Davis on Leading from the Front.

At the GDP, we’ve had story after story of men overcoming numerous challenges, only to become stronger men and better fathers. Through all of these stories, the common thread is grit and determination. In this episode, we talk with Eric Davis, Navy SEAL and author of Raising Men, continues this trend and brings a fresh perspective on how to become the best version of yourself as a father.

Eric Davis on the Seal Way of Life

Eric explains how the principles from his SEAL training gave him the keys to be the best father he can be. As observers, we, as the general public, see images of SEALs in film or TV, we are only exposed to the exciting and heroic moments. What isn’t revealed, Eric says, is dealing with the times when he has to be away on deployment, no phone calls, no contact with family. It takes a certain discipline, on his behalf and that of his family, to deal with those times.

Embrace Failure

One of the principles Eric Davis uses is to embrace failure. This seems counterintuitive for a SEAL, but it is exactly what they do. Instead of sulking over a loss or failed mission, they look at what they can learn from it and move on (sound familiar? Attitude of gratitude?). Apply this to your life: we aren’t perfect as humans-we will make mistakes. So, what better lesson to teach our kids when life does not go as planned, to take the failure and deliberately turn it in to a lesson on how to approach similar future situations.

Eric Davis on Leading from the Front

Be a winner. Eric says that in the SEALs, when they are training there are multiple drills run. They compete against each other, even in training, and when they don’t complete first or second, they are made to continue the grueling workout. So why don’t we do the same with ourselves? In other words, continue to improve. This way, when our kids see ourselves continuing to strive for our best selves, they will do the same.

Take Care of YOU

It’s ok to focus on you. Too many times as dads, we are driven to continue to provide for our families, often to our own detriment. And what does that teach our kids? That life is over when you have a family? As men, we still need to feed our own needs for self-care and strong friendships. It’s the common scenario of making sure you take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else.

It doesn’t take Navy SEAL training to be a great dad; it takes the drive and desire to want to better yourself on a daily basis. It takes showing up for your kids on your toughest days.



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