Championship Traits For Life - Coach Shawnee Harle

Just like an athletes career, coaching can take many different roads with many different roles. Some of us get into coaching through volunteer work while, for others, the job is a calling. No matter the case, no two coaching journeys are the same – but, with that said, at the end of the day, the common thread that binds great coaches together is to teach, to motivate and to help athletes use sport as a vehicle for their growth as human beings – because winning – however you choose to define that word – tends to take care of itself when that happens.

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Today’s guest, Coach Shawnee Harle, has nearly 30 years experience in  coaching which includes appearances at the World University games, the FIBA Americas, the World Championships and two olympic games as the assistant coach with the Canadian Women’s Basketball team. In addition to her experience, Shawnee is also the most highly certified basketball coach in Canada and has accreditation as a Chartered Professional Coach with the Coaching Association of Canada, a Masters in coaching studies, and a level 5 certification with the National coaching certification program.

Even still, with all of her experiences a coach, Shawnee has spent recent years dedicating herself to the mental side of the game by helping athletes make sense of what’s going on in their head and heart in order to cut through the noise, and, as she puts it, unleash their inner tiger.


Life After The Military: Don Gleason and Matt Scherer; Military Transition Roundtable

Do you want to know a secret to success?

Do you want to follow a principle of the most successful people in the world?

Are you familiar with Napoleon Hill and his book Think and Grow Rich?

Ever hear of the Mastermind Principle?

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If you are a transitioning veteran or know any, you will get so much value from this week’s episode of Life After The Military with our guests and Air Force veterans Matt Scherer and Don Gleason – two highly successful veteran entrepreneurs who serve as the President and Vice President of the Military Transition Roundtable (MTR).

This veteran service organization applies one of Napoleon Hill’s principles of success: the Mastermind Principle. It simply states that if you want to achieve a level of success, you must surround yourself with people who have already achieved that level of success.

 

In the episode, Don and Matt explain how transitioning veterans will increase their transition success and lower their stress by doing the following:

  • taking control of your transition
  • Networking
  • Enrolling in higher education
  • Following through with connections
  • Researching companies and working to understand how their profits are made, and how your position fits into that equation

 

Matt shares why doing the following will increase your transition success:

  • Joining non-military groups
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Finding out the kinds of people you like to work with
  • Gaining technical skills in the military pre-transition/using LinkedIn to connect with people with those same skills

 

Learn more about the MTR:

  • The DISC personality assessment to start
  • How the group helps veterans understand what they want when searching for a new job
  • How having an accountability partner produces a staggering 500% uptick in the probability of reaching a goal

 

LinkedIn:

Don Gleason:https://www.linkedin.com/in/don-gleason/

Matt Scherer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattscherer/

 

Twitters:

Don Gleason: @DonGleason15

Matt Scherer:@Matt_scherer

 

The Military Transition Roundtable:https://militarytransitionroundtable.com/

Scherer Communications: https://sherercommunications.com/

Achieve New Heights, LLC: https://achievenewheights.com/


Championship Traits For Life - Rob Jones

31 marathons in 31 days in 31 different cities. Even the thought of that challenge is daunting. We spoke to a man who not only achieved it, but he achieved it as a double-above the knee amputee, and raised a quarter of a million dollars for veteran charities while doing it. Our show is called WIN and our channel is called GRIT – today’s guest is a beacon of both.

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31 marathons in 31 days in 31 different cities. Even the thought of that challenge is daunting. We spoke to a man who not only achieved it, but he achieved it as a double-above the knee amputee, and raised a quarter of a million dollars for veteran charities while doing it. Our show is called WIN and our channel is called GRIT – today’s guest is a beacon of both.

On July 22, 2010, Rob Jones – who served in the Marine corp as a combat engineer – stepped on an IED in Afghanistan resulting in a double above the knee amputation. 

Five days later, Rob was in Washington DC at the National Naval Medical Center, disconnected from the Marines and the mission. It was here, that a new mission began for Rob. 

Rob was introduced to other amputees who helped him to begin crafting a new path of perseverance – and thats exactly the path Rob followed.

Since his injury, Rob has competed in Paralympic doubles rowing (earning a bronze medal in the process), he has trekked across America on a bike – a journey which took 6 months, and, as we said at the top of the episode, he successfully ran 31 marathons in 31 days in 2017.

Today Rob is a professional speaker, writer, philanthropist. His journey is nothing short of incredible and above all he is an inspiration and ambassador of the human spirit.


Military Transition: From Combat Boots to Business Suits

Military officers spend a significant portion of their lives servicing our country to protect their fellow brethren. While transitioning to civilian jobs, military personnel have faced many difficulties, a severe issue for countries with big-armed forces like the United States.

After a time of service, such employees seek to develop a career, frequently without the credentials required for current or future employment openings. Military environments generally have their hierarchies and language, making it challenging for most veterans to transition into the civilian sector because of the stark differences.

In this podcast, Lee Elias and Howie Cohen interview Kriby Watson, a retired military officer for 30 years, shares his experience and the must-haves of being able to excel in your transition to civilian employment. His rich experiences have big takeaways for virtually anyone in the beginning stages of their career. Here are eight things to do to give yourself an edge in every interview.

Starting brand new.

Beginning a new journey is complex, and the anxiety often gets the best of us. Realizing that every transition benefits from your past experiences are critical; it’s always the same skills but applied differently.

Your previous career is over.

Having a goal-oriented mindset and an earnest desire to start in a new direction will help you but moving on from your previous career is equally essential to success. Having a sincere desire allows you to be open to new understandings that may differ from how things are in the military.

Mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

All three levels of your health are equally important. You will only be able to take care of others if you take care of yourself first. It is vital to take new beginnings as a challenge than a setback from your previous career.

Research.

When interviewing for new jobs, platforms like LinkedIn will come in handy as they will highlight common connections. The platform is also significant in building new relationships, which will help you understand the company culture you’re applying in.

Asking for help is okay.

Military veterans have a strong mindset that, believe it or not, can get in the way of success. Remember that success is all about the team; relying on your team and asking for help is okay. Together we are strong.

Ice breakers.

For your interviews, researching and looking up company leaders and the interviewer is vital to draw common factors to use as ice-breakers. Make a memorable impression.

Having an open-mind.

Military operations are very different from the civilian sector. Hence, applying the same principles might not work out perfectly, so having an open mind to new learning curves will play a significant role in your success.

Have compassion.

The emotional drive is essential for your team to thrive. This may sound like a cliche, but taking care of those around you and having compassion for your team will instill a positive value system. It will also help your team transition from a simple work environment to a family-oriented environment.

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Strengthen Mental Fitness with Financial Education

Libby Snyder from Merril Lynch shares her incredible story of how she ended up working as a financial advisor and how each phase of her life aided in her career as a financial advisor.

Here are 5 ways to improve your mental health and equip yourself with financial knowledge.

  1. Conscious effort in exploring/learning about financial systems. As Libby highlights, our schools don’t teach much about financial systems, and all of a sudden, a student is asked to take a student loan with no idea how this would impact their life. So, it is vital to develop a routine of reading and exploring financial knowledge or enrolling in a course that gives you a baseline knowledge of what compound interest is versus principal interest, etc.
  2. Developing a circle of influence. You become what you are surrounded by, so choosing what type of people you want to hang out with is critical. Typically, having a clear sense of your goals, whether financial stability, building new income streams, improving financial management, etc., can help you identify influencers and friends.
  3. Developing a routine. Having 30 minutes to an hour for yourself can be life-changing, whether you workout, read, meditate, do yoga, etc. All of these elements can help you be in the sense of appreciating all that is around you. When surrounded by positive thoughts, your neuro patterns will light up in ways you’ve never thought of. Suddenly, an idea would pop, and you’ll find new solutions to the same problems.
  4. Understanding the consequences of accessible capital. Taking a loan from the bank or purchasing something on your credit card is easy and accessible but understanding the long-term consequences is essential.
  5. Don’t overwhelm yourself; small steps can make up for a long journey. We often have the tendency to run towards a goal or our better version once we identify an issue. It is crucial to understand that giant leaps will do little because it’s not about how much you can cover in one go but instead how much you absorb and adapt. Hence, bite-sized information daily can help you understand big ideas in the long run.

Lastly, Libby shares that finding what’s most important to you is essential. In addition to this, reading and journaling can really help to get into a positive mindset; being involved with the community can be a great way to come across inspiring stories, which can, in turn, help us. Check out the full conversation with Libby Snyder on Mental Recess.

 


Mental Health Boundaries at Work

Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown is one such book that maps the emotions and stages of the human experience. It gives us a peek into how we function and how our thoughts create the reality we live in. If living through the pandemic taught us one thing, then it's that nothing is in our control except ourselves, our thoughts, emotions, and our recognition of it. Living through the pandemic, we had to adapt. Most of us find ourselves in a world where our personal and professional life now is integrated more than ever. Thus making it even more challenging to establish a clear boundary around it. As a result, we sacrifice our professional goals for personal life or vice versa. So, how do we set limits to ensure that we balance our professional and personal relationships? Most importantly, how do we do this to keep a healthy mind space for ourselves?

The professional space is tricky since there is a wage or a salary involved. We primarily do not allow ourselves the well-being of our mind space. Still, contrary to this, Brene suggests that allowing ourselves healthy boundaries can serve as a nurturing environment for us to achieve our goals and serve as an inspiration to those around us who are struggling.
Those who do not appreciate your boundaries often struggle themselves; their lack of appreciation is a clue of their own struggles and for you to help them in their journey. In this article, we will give you 5 tips on how you can establish healthy boundaries in a workplace environment.

Develop a morning routine.

We often feel guilt or shame when setting up boundaries, and most of the time, it comes from a space of self-neglect. To counter this, it is essential to focus on ourselves. A fun way to do this is to develop a morning routine. It can be exercise, skincare, planning your task list, or even making yourself a healthy breakfast. A morning routine subconsciously tunes you to focus on yourself and teaches you the importance of spending time with yourself.

Self-awareness is a good thing.

Pay attention to your instincts! What gives you a sense of security? What causes you to feel uneasy? Setting boundaries is prioritizing your comfort to feel secure and present with others, but you must first acknowledge and honor your feelings. Allowing boundaries to shift and alter as you grow is essential; let this happen while also making space to recognize and sit with your feelings.

Don't explain personal time off.

We are often taught to be there whenever we are asked for in the corporate world. In the long run, most of us forget the importance of taking time off just because we think our employers wouldn’t understand. We have all lied at work just to secure personal time off so that we don't upset our employers or loved ones. However, it's essential to be truthful to ourselves, and when we lie to others, we are essentially lying to ourselves. For example: if you want to spend time at home, there is no need to come up with excuses, no need to explain why and the how; just honoring the desire of spending time with loved ones is enough. You'd be surprised how much you'll inspire others to do the same.

Start small if creating boundaries makes you feel uncomfortable or frightened.

You have the right to say no without feeling bad, but it takes practice! Begin by establishing a little barrier in a more manageable location, then gradually increase it. If it makes you feel more comfortable, you can offer an option while creating a boundary. If someone asks you for a favor and you don't feel comfortable doing it, you can suggest a tool or another person who can help.

If you need backup, get support.

Defining and asserting boundaries can get even trickier if you, a loved one or a colleague lives with a mental health condition, mood disorder, or a history of trauma. It's essential to check in regularly to ensure that everyone is content with meeting their needs and respecting boundaries. Lastly, being part of a community can reduce the sense of loneliness we all feel. We have all asked ourselves the "Why me?" question, and it's not just us. Most of the people around us are going through a similar version of the same problems we face. So, sharing and listening can help us put our own feelings into perspective. Becoming a part of such a community can do wonders. Visit our Facebook page and follow us to be part of our community and get your dose of inspiring content.

If you're interested in Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown and would like to check out our book review, watch the full episode on Her Journey Told. 


Women Helping Women Series with Tina Fox

Serial Entrepreneur, Tina Fox shares her journey from a successful career in Corporate America to taking a leap of faith into entrepreneurship.

She shares the pivotal moment that solidified her decision to make that change and how she redefined success for herself in the process.

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Show Notes

00:00 Sandy opens the show with an introduction to the “Women Helping Women” series featuring Tina Fox

3:13 Tina discusses how a heartfelt moment with her son lead her to leave a very successful corporate sales career to “do something different”

9:50 Sandy relays her own story of transitioning and how her husband helped to push her when she may have felt incapable of making the change

12:57 Sandy and Tina discuss taking a demotion in order to use their mental capacity to support the future you’re trying to create, and the reactions to their decisions

23:04 Tina and Sandy discuss fine-tuning your frequency to what you want to gravitate towards and a better way to look at pursuing your passions

29:49 Tina explains Women on Course and how she partnered with the company through starting her own private business group for women, to eventually become part-owner

35:40 Sandy shares her experience as an accountant at a Women on Course event 

39:03 The conversation shifts to the current state of ‘women helping women’

43:23 Tina explains how she was prompted by a friend to mentor and how she pushes more women to mentor as well

50:32 Sandy closes the show on a warm note; Tina tells us how to find her online


Rise Above the Challenges with Jason Cormier

“Nothing is insurmountable.” Jenn is joined by a very special guest and new member of the Pivotal Moments Media team, Jason Cormier. As if being a renowned neurosurgeon wasn’t enough, Jason also works with high level sporting organizations, has a background in music and is the author of his upcoming book, “Driven.”

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Needless to say, he has a lot of insight to share – which he does! Join Jason and Jenn for a conversation about the importance of life’s turns, addressing the challenges, deciding how to handle failures and more. Plus, Jason gives a preview of his book with a heartfelt story featured in its introduction! 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-cormier-md-83995515 

 

SHOW NOTES/”KEY TAKEAWAYS”:

00:00 Jenn opens the floor Jason Cormier, a new host on the Pivotal Moments Media team

1:06 Jason introduces himself as a father and neurosurgeon, briefly discussing his diverse past in the racing and music industries

4:01 Jason explains to the audience how his work in the medical field led him to collaborations with high level sporting organizations, to write a book, and to create music as a producer

9:24 Jenn and Jason chat about music and how it relates to the mind in their everyday lives

11:11 Jason tees up his upcoming book, “Driven”, hoping to inspire people to push past adversity

14:29 Jason tells the audience how he defines mental fitness as power of passion, willpower and drive, noting that mental fitness is a state of wellbeing that includes the emotional, social, financial and the physical

18:43 Jenn and Jason discuss why people fail, noting contributing aspects including – bad parenting, social media, a negative environment and a lack of patience

22:43 Jason discloses a heartfelt story from the introduction of his new book 

28:20 Jason leaves parting words for the PMM audience

30:38 Jenn closes the show

 

QUOTES MENTIONED:

“You can do anything you want.” – Jason

“Music stimulates the mind in so many ways.” – Jason

“Rise above those challenges of people telling you you can’t do something. And I think when someone tells you you can’t do something, it just means ‘look, I can’t do it with you’, but some way I’m going to make it happen.” – Jason

“I have a lot of failures… You have to choose whether or not you’re going to succumb to your failures or you’re going to learn from them.” – Jason

“Mental fitness is most well defined as a state of wellbeing.. Having a positive sense of how we feel, how we think and act.” – Jason

“Celebrate the failures.” – Jenn

“Unfettered access to the internet can really destroy someone.” – Jason

“Surround yourself with positive people.” – Jason

“Things are possible as long as you trust.” – Jason

“Nothing is insurmountable.” – Jason

Success is really just a lease and rent is due every single day.” – Jason


Championship Traits For Life - Coach Matt Lisle

Watch any Disney sports film and you’ll most likely witness a heart-warming story of an underdog rising the ranks to achieve some form of greatness. We might not be Disney, but this podcast is going to tell a story like that – about how one man’s passion for his sport took him from being homeless to becoming the only individual to coach at EVERY level in both baseball and softball.

Coach Matt Lisle, has a journey thats worth learning from. Matt is the most followed baseball and softball coach in the world. In addition to his coaching, Matt is also a successful businessman and a proud father and grandfather. His story will both inspire you and motivate you as you listen.


Championship Traits For Life - Brad Thomas

Sacrifice and service are two words that those on teams and the military use often – but with drastically different meanings. No matter the arena, the group that understands the severity and calling of those words will be in a position to succeed.

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Brad Thomas is the founder, songwriter and lead guitarist for Silence & Light – an all-veteran band that brings mental health awareness through music. Brad is also a former Army Ranger and Delta Force operator, having spent over 20 years in the service.

While Silence & Light has attracted grammy award winning producers and quite the fan base, the band has embraced the higher mission of giving back by donating their royalties to special operations, veterans and first responder charitable organizations.

He’s the first guest we’ve had on the show that we can say is both a Rock Star and a member of the tier-1 special operations.