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Five Top-Gun Tactics to Conquer Fear, Overcome Adversity and Achieve Breakthroughs

If there’s one thing I faced every time I strapped into an F-16 in combat – it’s fear.   Fear of getting shot down…becoming a prisoner of war…letting down my team.   They were all obstacles and adversities.   But the biggest obstacles weren’t the missiles launched on my aircraft. They were the missiles in...

Hope, Courage and Inspiration from a Stranger

Hope, Courage and Inspiration from a Stranger

Every day we have a chance to inspire and to be inspired - to find greater meaning in the grind of our daily lives. To find the courage and hope to press on and break through our fears and doubts that may be holding us back from taking our life to the next level. Even when we're in the dungeon of despair.

Mission Briefing – The Key to Effective Communication

Mission Briefing – The Key to Effective Communication

Nobody likes being “in the dark.” The mind can play terrible games when you find yourself operating in a communication vacuum; indeed, the most carefully laid plans can be undermined by poor communication.   The feeling of anxiety brought on by an emergency or a rapidly changing environment is what fighter pilots refer to as...

Hard Work is Smart Work

Hard Work is Smart Work

I was recently working out in a hotel gym and had a great conversation with an attendee from a conference I spoke at.  As he departed he said, “don’t work too hard.”  I laughed and said, “Don’t worry, I won’t!”   I then proceeded to suffer through a super set of lunges and wall squats...

Moments of Silence – How to Cultivate Gratitude in Life

Moments of Silence – How to Cultivate Gratitude in Life

My days as a cadet at the Air Force Academy were truly remarkable.  The intensity, military regimen, and intense discipline were quite new to me as young teenager.   What stood out most were the meals. (more…)

Train to Win – Developing a Peak Performance Mindset

Train to Win – Developing a Peak Performance Mindset

In the world of the fighter pilot, we have a saying – you fight like you train. We don't train to survive, we train to win! Do you?