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TCF043: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM A GREEN BERET WITH JASON VAN CAMP

Thank you for listening to The Champion Forum Podcast with Jeff Hancher! This week Jeff interviewed former Green Beret and entrepreneur Jason Van Camp. After leaving the military, Jason founded Mission Six Zero, a company dedicated to helping individuals and companies create sustainable growth and increase their situational awareness. In this episode, you will hear about the importance of simplicity, self-awareness, trust, and creating deliberate discomfort. Simplicity To be successful, you need to focus on a few things that you can do really really well. Know what excites you and capitalize on it. Create a world where you wake up excited work on one specific goal, and when you do wake up, don’t let your first hour be reactive. Give that first hour to focus on what it is that excites you and gets you moving. When stress increases, your true personality comes out. Self-Awareness When you are in a difficult situation, it can be easy to focus on your own energy and what you need to do to survive. Look up and see that there are people around you that need help. Becoming selfish about being selfless is the secret to succeeding in leadership. The servant-leader looks beyond what the problem is and what’s in it for them and instead looks toward what is best for the whole team. Trust Trust is the foundation of everything else on a team. You can’t expect to trust someone you have never met. Instead, you have to set the expectation of trust and then create tasks or activities that will build trust both ways. Trust is built by mutually following through on promises. You cannot allow trust to be expected simply because of position. Persistence and integrity will help build trust because they will help you trust your team members because of who they are. Situational Awareness Having situational awareness allows you to look past the surface of a problem and get to the real issues causing the problem. It requires you to be comfortable being uncomfortable. If you want to be more situationally aware, you will need to get more experience in unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations. Deliberate Discomfort Jason wrote this book by interviewing members of his team who are also former green berets, medal of honor recipients, former NFL players, and more. Following each of the interviews, then there are action items so that you can apply their lessons to your life. 7 keys to getting started being uncomfortable

  1. Start

  2. Don’t quit

  3. Push yourself past your comfort zone

  4. Embrace the suck

  5. Be around like-minded people

  6. Recognize your improvements

  7. Rinse and repeat

Q: Which of Jason’s stories resonated with you the most? What are you going to take from that story to apply to your own life? Q: Have you ever been expected to trust someone who did not earn your trust? How did it affect your relationship? What do you think should happen in new relationships to help develop trust? Q: How do you feel about being intentionally uncomfortable. Describe a time when you chose to uncomfortable and it paid off. What benefit did being uncomfortable have? Why do you think people avoid discomfort? Application Activities1. Take some time to assess your morning routine. Do you spend your first hour doing things that help you prepare for your day or encourage you? Or, do you spend your first hour playing catch-up and putting out fires? Make a list of 3-5 activities that you enjoy doing and plan to do at least one of them within the first hour of your day. To see if this strategy helps reduce your stress and increase your satisfaction with your work, rate how you feel every day. If you are not seeing an improvement, try a different activity during the first hour and repeat until you find a system that works for you. 2. Take some time to meditate on what it means to be selfish about being unselfish? How can you put yourself in a position to give when you are stressed and need your time and resources to solve your own problems? Remember that having a plan in place before a problem arises will help you achieve the results you want. 3. When was the last time you were deliberately uncomfortable? Decide to take one intentional risk this year. It could be investing in a coaching program, planning a trip abroad, or applying for a promotion. If you need more ideas or strategies to help you be deliberately uncomfortable, check out Deliberate Discomfort. Connect with Jason Van Camp Website: https://missionsixzero.com/ Book: Deliberate Discomfort Connect with Jeff Instagram: @thechampionforum Facebook: The Champion Forum Podcast with Jeff Hancher Email: jeffhancher@thechampionforum.com

DECEMBER 26, 2019



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