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Navy SEAL candidates must pass a rigorous training course called BUD/S - 24-weeks of training that develops their mental and physical stamina and leadership skills. While the physical challenge is a given, it is the mental side that separates the successful candidates from those who ring the bell. Tom Dillard spent 22 years leading special forces, and his view on BUD/s is that, “It’s 10% physical and 90% mental.”

On Tuesday, June 7th, I'll be leading off Faith Lutheran's Coffee with the Counselors summer series. Join us at 10:00 AM PDT to learn about how to handle stress through resilience. If you can't make it, check out this previous edition of The 90%, where I shared some thoughts on resilience.

Also, golfers - you may want to check out the World Stars College Golf Camp. I'll be joining coaches from UC Irvine, BYU, and UNLV, with a session for parents - Helping Your Golfer Thrive - and one for players - How to Play When All Eyes are on You. The camp is June 26-27, with the World Stars of Golf tournament following on the 28th-30th.

Imagine coaching your team to a national championship . . . and feeling unhappy and miserable. When that was the situation Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso found herself in, she decided to do something about it. Instead of focusing on winning, she focused on developing her team as people first, players second. With a blend of faith and family, her team plays with a freedom that comes from understanding that softball is what they do, not who they are. This perspective has led to even greater levels of performance. Knowing WHO you are impacts WHY you do what you do. In turn, your WHY drives HOW you do it. This mindset applies to everything, no matter WHAT you choose to do. The Sooners will play for the national championship this week.

E + R = O.  Event + Response = Outcome. I ran across this equation several years ago, and I continually return to it. It’s not solely the Event that determines the Outcome, it’s how we Respond to it. I particularly like the use of the word response instead of reaction. Responding requires self-awareness and a decision, while reactions are reflexive and counterproductive. An emotional reaction literally changes your body. It releases a hormonal flood that affects your fine motor control and decision-making. Worse, it will take a good 15-20 minutes before your body returns to a normal state. By then, you’ve made a mess of your performance.
Instead of reacting, let’s respond.  Focusing on the response returns focus to the controllable. The event has happened; there’s nothing that can be changed about it. The response, on the other hand, is totally within our control, and it is a conscious choice. It positions us to bounce back from a bad play or a bad break, and creates a rebound mindset. Not only that, you are physically and mentally prepared for the rest of the competition. So the next time you get a bad break, choose your response.
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