Warrior toughness is the ability to make the correct decision at the right time, no matter how stressful, painful, or frightening that moment may be. This is not only achieved by rigorous discipline and training, but also a fine balance of body, mind, and soul.
Today we are pumped to have Stephen Drum on The Dad Edge. He is a combat-tested retired Navy SEAL Master Chief with 27 years of experience leading teams and executing mission-critical performance strategies.
Stephen tells us a 4-part process for developing Warrior Toughness that we can apply to real life. He reveals the surprising mix of performance psychology, mindfulness, and problem-solving that makes up the warrior mindset. He also talks about how we can organize the caring of our families while keeping ourselves adaptable and ready to pivot in any situation.
Learn to operate under pressure—day in, day out—no matter what life throws at you!
What You’ll Learn
- Although Stephen admits he was a rebellious and difficult kid, his parents’ guidance set a foundation for making good decisions in adulthood.
- Stephen reveals his experience with BUDs training and SEAL life
- Fight like a warrior, and act from character.
- How to have frank conversations with yourself about where you made mistakes
- The qualities of a warrior mindset
- Problem solving skills
- Using personal sources of strength like religion, values, and belief to power you through tough situations
- The powerful combination of performance psychology, mindfulness and meditation
- Exercises to reduce stress and anxiety: visualizations, progressive muscle relaxation, recalibration breathing.
- The 4-Part Process of Warrior Toughness
- Commit – fully invested in yourself and process
- Preparation – acquiring the skillsets you need
- Execute – how to make clear, composed decisions under fire
- Reflection – step back and check if your actions were aligned with your values
- On motivation versus discipline—discipline is more important because we won’t always be motivated.
- You must conjure a visceral picture of what the finish line looks like so you can reconnect to it when you fall off track.
- Detaching from emotions to make the right decisions. For example, you can feel angry instead of becoming angry.
- Where Stephen admits he has failed as a husband and father
- How Stephen incorporates warrior toughness into his parenting and marriage
- Establishing consistency in household—Approach things from process. Be deliberate. Detach emotionally from experiences. Provide structure.
- Led, fed, and educated—How Stephen organizes the leading and caring of his family
- How to keep the family unit informed and prepared during crises like Covid-19, yet remain focused and engaged in life.
- Don’t be mired down by negativity and political bias. Instead, see where you can pivot and adapt in a rational way.
The 12 Traits of a Warrior Part 1: The Hard Traits with Chris Sajnog
12 Traits of a Warrior Part II: The Soft Traits
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Former NFL Football Player and American Ninja Warrior
Founder of View From the Top and bestselling author of “View from the Top” and coming soon “Isolation is the Enemy of Excellence.”
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