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The Warrior Mind Podcast is created to assist you in creating the mental strength of a warrior, the mindset of a champion and the grit of a peak performer to achieve success in life, business and sport.

Warrior Mind Coach Gregg Swanson

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The Warrior Mind Podcast is created to assist you in creating the mental strength of a warrior, the mindset of a champion and the grit of a peak performer to achieve success in life, business and sport.

    Stress Yourself! – Warrior Mind Podcast #617

    Stress Yourself! – Warrior Mind Podcast #617

    Over 10 years and going strong!  With over 2M downloads from over 18 countries and 7 continents’…. this is the Warrior Mind Podcast.







    In this episode of the Warrior Mind Podcast, I’m continuing a series on peak performance.  Today we’re going to look at stress yourself…on purpose!  







    Why Stress Yourself?









    * It isn’t experience that sets top performers apart from the rest, but the amount of deliberate practice they put in. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.







    * Across the board, when great performers are doing serious work (deep work) their bodies and minds are 100 percent there. They are fully engaged in the moment (flow).







    * By doing one thing at a time and devoting full attention to that one thing, you’ll be able to many things well.







    * For most of us, effective multitasking is nothing more than effective delusional thinking.









    Stress Performance Practices:









    * Apply the components of deliberate practice each time you set out to do meaningful, deep work:* Define a purpose and concrete objectives for each working session.* Ask yourself: What do I want to learn or get done?* Focus and concentrate deeply, even if doing so isn’t always enjoyable.* Single-task: The next time you feel like multitasking, remind yourself that research shows it’s not effective. Keep in mind “one thing at a time.”



    * remember that quality overrides quantity













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    * Smartphones distract us whether they are on, off, in our pockets, or on a table and they command our attention even when they are not our own. The best solution for preventing smartphone distraction is to remove it from the environment completely.









    Flow Performance Practices:









    * Identify what interrupts your deep focus (flow).  Common invaders, many of which are enabled my smartphones, include: Social Media, IM, Text, Email, Videos, Slack, Phone, etc.







    * Remove/turnoff distractions: Remember that only out of site truly leads to out of mind (awareness).











    * Alternating between blocks of 50 to 90 minutes of deep work and recovery of 7 to 20 minutes enables people to sustain the physical, mental and emotional energy required of peak performance.









    Focus Performance Practices:









    * Divide your work into chunks of 50 to 90 minutes (depending on the task). Start even smaller if you find yourself struggling to maintain attention.







    * As you develop the strength in area of attention, you’ll likely discover that you can work harder and longer.







    * For most activities and most situations, 2 hours should be the upper limit for a time-block.











    * The way we think about the world has a extremely profound effect on what we do in it.







    * How we view stress weighs heavily on how stress influences us.







    * By pushing us towards just manageable challenges and enhancing how we’ll respond to them, the right mindset opens up the possibilities for growth to occur.









    Mindset Performance Practices:









    * Remember the power of mindset: How you view something fundamentally changes how your body responds to it, i.e., nervous or excited,

    • 19 min
    The Secret to Sustainable Success – Warrior Mind Podcast #615

    The Secret to Sustainable Success – Warrior Mind Podcast #615

    Over 10 years and going strong!  With over 2M downloads from over 18 countries and 7 continents’…. this is the Warrior Mind Podcast.







    In this episode of the Warrior Mind Podcast, I’m going to begin a series on peak performance.  Today we’ll look at the secret to sustainable success.







    Peak Performance –The Growth equation







     The Secret to Sustainable Success







    What is peak performance? Peak performance is a level of exceptional functioning in which a person effortlessly performs an activity to the maximum of their ability while fully focused and immersed in the feelings of confidence, engagement and enjoyment.







    Stress and rest = growth. This equation holds true regardless of what you are trying to achieve.







    Stress demands rest, and rest supports stress.







    The strongest individuals spend their time either pursuing their activity with ferocious intensity or engage in complete restoration and recovery.







    Performance Practice:







    Based on Ultradian rhythm concept (pomodoro method)









    * Alternate between cycles of stress and rest in your most important pursuits.







    * Insert short breaks throughout your work over the course of the day.







    * Strategically time your “off-days”, long weekends, and vacations to follow periods of heavy stress.







    * Determine when your work regularly starts to suffer. When you find that point, insert a recovery break just prior to it.









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    We have a single reservoir of brainpower/willpower for all acts of cognition and self-control, even those that are unrelated, i.e., resisting cookies.







    Performance Practices:









    * Remember that “stress is stress”: fatigue on one task spills over into the next, even if the two are completely unrelated.







    * Only take on a few challenges at once. Otherwise, you’ll literally run of energy.







    * Tweak your environment to support your goals. This is especially important at times when you know you’ll be depleted. It’s incredible how much our surroundings impact our behavior, especially when we are fatigued.









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    • 16 min
    How Focus Can Change Your Life – Warrior Mind Podcast #614

    How Focus Can Change Your Life – Warrior Mind Podcast #614

    Over 10 years and going strong!  With over 2M downloads from over 18 countries and 7 continents’…. this is the Warrior Mind Podcast.







    In this episode of the Warrior Mind Podcast, I’m going to discuss How Focus Can Change Your Life and achieve peak performance in work, sport and life.







    How Focus Can Change Your Life







    The mind’s power is immense, and you can use it to achieve anything you want. Here, I’ll teach you how to tap into the power of your mind and zoom in on the things you want in order to transform your reality. I’ll also cover how to stay focused and motivated while avoiding distractions.







    Here’s how you can use your mind to change your reality:









    * Learn how to use your mind positively to transform your thoughts from abstract to reality. The reason is powerful and can help you manifest your desires. So, focus on your goals and take inspired action.







    * How to use your mind power to change your life: First, get clear about what you want. What are your goals? What do you want to achieve? Once you understand your goals, it will be easier to focus on them.







    * The next step is visualizing what you want to achieve. See yourself achieving your goals and living the life you want. Imagine yourself taking inspired action every day.











    * Believe in yourself. Believe you can achieve your goals. When you have doubts, you will stifle your progress. Self-belief starts with you making a conscious decision to become your most excellent version.



    * There is redemptive power in making a firm decision. You can save your life when you make a steadfast decision to change your life.











    * Take action. Take inspired steps towards your goals. You will see results, and your life will change.









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    How to Stay Focused







    Distractions are everywhere. It’s important to stay focused if you want to move forward. What does it mean to stay focused? World-renowned film director George Lucas said: “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”







    What you focus on will determine the quality of your life. If you focus on the problematic aspects of your life, they will grow. If you pay attention to the good things in your life, they, too, will multiply. Life transformation starts when you decide, focus, and take action.







    Take these steps to help you stay focused:









    * Simplify. One of the first steps is to strip your goals down to the bare minimum. Having several life goals is a good thing, however, focusing on several goals at one time is overwhelming.







    * Therefore, analyze your goal list. What is more important right now? Prioritize your goals and emphasize the ones that will create a lasting change in your life right now.







    * Make a list of all your objectives and pick the essential ones. For example, if you want to improve your finances, get clear on how much you need to make. What actions will you take to achieve your financial goals? Write the steps.







    * Do you have relationship goals or health and fitness goals? Break them down and focus on the most important ones.







    * Reduce your task list. Successful entrepreneurs like Alex Hormozi focus on three vital tasks each day. They don’t create substantial task lists. They zoom in on the essential things and prioritize.

    • 16 min
    My Hero Philosophy – Warrior Mind Podcast #613

    My Hero Philosophy – Warrior Mind Podcast #613

    Over 10 years and going strong!  With over 2M downloads from over 18 countries and 7 continents’…. this is the Warrior Mind Podcast.







    In this episode of the Warrior Mind Podcast, I’m going to discuss my personal hero philosophy for success in work, sport and life.







    My Hero Philosophy







    How you do anything, is a reflection of how you do everything!







    My philosophy is based on the 4 C’s of mental strength, stoicism and bushido. There are many great teachers, coaches, guides and philosopher’s that have influenced me and my Hero Philosophy and I’m proud to share it with you.









    * Finish What You Start: Once commitment to something, stick to it till completion.











    * Don’t Wait till You’re Thirsty to Dig a Well: Have a sense of urgency











    * Words Matter: Say it the way you WANT it.











    * Focus: Follow one course until successful, one thing at a time, W.I.N











    * No One Said it Would be Easy: Embrace the suck, push yourself beyond your complacent zone.









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    * Control What You Can: Thoughts, attitude, attention, actions, habits, beliefs, emotions, decisions, time (self) management.











    * Make a Decision: Determine what you want, commit to it, make a decision!











    * Embrace Your Archetypes: Warrior, king, lover, magician.











    * Live by a Code: Values and virtues provide a compass.











    * Own it! It’s your life, own it and all the results in it.









    I hope this philosophy has inspired you to live up to your full potential!







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    • 16 min
    The Complacent Zone – Warrior Mind Podcast #612

    The Complacent Zone – Warrior Mind Podcast #612

    How To Breakout Of Your Complacent Zone







    Why Change Is Hard and How to Fix It







    When we think about getting new results, whether it’s in the area of health, fitness, athletics, sales or relationships, what we’re looking for is….  







    Change!







    Change from our current state to more powerful and fulfilling one.







    So…What is Change?







    Change is something that moves us out of our comfort (complacent) zone.







    Let me ask you, how many times have you set out to create change only to get “stuck” or to backslide? 







    Why this happened is because you slammed up against your line of mental resistance.







    What is Mental Resistance?







    It is the consciousness or unconscious rejection to change.







    The inherent problem with setting out to get new result, i.e. goal setting is how it relates to the way the brain works. Recent neuroscience research shows the brain works in a protective way, that is, it’s resistant to change.







    Therefore, any goals that require substantial behavioral change or thinking-pattern change will automatically be resisted. The brain is wired to seek rewards and avoid pain or discomfort, including fear and change is perceived as a discomfort by the brain and mind.







    When fear or failure creeps into the mind of the goal setter it commences a de-motivator with a desire to return to known, comfortable behavior and thought patterns.







    Why Change is So Hard







    Change is constant and will always be present in our lives, either we cause it or we’re the effect of it.







    In fact, the person you are when you start reading this article is different from the person you are after reading it—that is how quickly we change.







    Medical research has shown that in one year the physical makeup of your body changes 99% and only takes four years to become a completely new you. That means part of us changes every single moment.







    The big question is: Why is change so hard for us?







    I believe it has to do with our inability to manage all the components of change.







    The field of neuroscience reveals some interesting facts about how we deal with change in our bodies and the emotional impact it has on us. Let me share some interesting facts to create awareness as to why change can be so hard.







    As you read, I encourage you to read it through the perspective of a behavior you have struggled to change: people pleasing, health and fitness, relationships, getting angry and shouting at people, putting yourself down, etc.







    Our behaviors become addictions, and addictions are hard to change.







    An addictive behavior starts with a belief that drives the habit. Saying to yourself that people love you when you do what they want supports the belief that you are not worthy. This type of inner voice drives the oft-destructive habit of people pleasing, a specific behavior linked directly to our emotions.







    To change these behaviors seems easy on the surface.







    You think, “If I allow others to put me down while putting themselves first and keep accepting this, then I am willfully not standing up for myself.”







    The easiest way to change this is to say ‘no’ and stand up for yourself, right?







    If only it were that easy.







    Unfortunately, our bodies are working against change, and here is what is happening:







    Our emotions drive our behaviors,

    • 12 min
    Momentum and Motivation – Warrior Mind Podcast #611

    Momentum and Motivation – Warrior Mind Podcast #611

    Over 10 years and going strong!  With over 2M downloads from over 18 countries and 7 continents’…. this is the Warrior Mind Podcast.







    In this episode of the Warrior Mind Podcast, I’m going to discuss 6 strategies for Momentum and Motivation to achieve personal success.  







    Momentum and Motivation







    The old adage “slow and steady wins the race” is actually sometimes true. The tortoise in the story of the tortoise and the hare won the race not because he was the smartest, smallest, or even wittiest. Rather, he won the race due to his laser-focus on the end result: the goal line.







    If you struggle to keep momentum and motivation during your own quest to achieve a goal, you’re not alone!







    Even though plateaus, setbacks, and relapses are completely normal when it comes to life-changing goals, there are many things you can do to keep the fire inside during the journey.







    Try these strategies to maintain your momentum and motivation:









    * Taking action ensures that you’re making progress, no matter how small. Even if you don’t know exactly what action you’ll be taking, just do something, anything, to further yourself. For example, If you want to lose weight, it’s important to burn more calories than you take in each day. If you want to grow your business, review business growth materials.









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    * Find motivational nuggets. Take a few minutes  each day to read something inspiring, whether it’s motivational quotes or affirmations to keep your confidence going. Motivational quotes that inspire you can help transcend your mindset away from the daily grind and onto things that are bigger than yourself!







    * Check your progress. If you’re feeling stuck or like you’re not moving forward, review your goal that you’re trying to accomplish. Write down your goals and check in on your progress each day.







    * Think positively about how close you are to the goalpost rather than how far you are from it. Talk to another. Find another person who has already achieved goals similar to the ones you’re working on. If you’re goal is to get physically fit, for example, find a bodybuilder, runner, athlete or other like-minded individual whose been in your shoes. Extract all the wisdom, advice and helpful tidbits that you can from their story.







    * Plan your week. Scheduling time to work on things related to your goals is critical. We use schedules for everything else in our lives, so there’s no reason that time devoted to working on personal goals cannot be included as well.







    * Reward yourself. Small rewards have been shown to motivate everyone from kids to older adults. Rewards act as a positive reinforcement, and even affirmation of a job well done. When we’re being rewarded, we tend to continue pressing on towards our goals.









    These are just a few of the things that we can do on a regular basis to keep motivation and ensure that we’re continually making progress.







    The key word is “progress.” If we’re taking some action or doing even just one thing on a daily basis that furthers us along in our goals, we’ll feel better about ourselves and be able to keep that momentum.







    Other things that we can do on a regular basis to keep momentum and motivation alive is to write in a journal, listen to inspiring talks,

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