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The Correlation Between High Performance and Mental Meltdowns

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The high performance mindset: an unwavering determination to chase the best version of oneself. Do you have a high performance mindset? Chances are you do. This mindset is not just reserved for CEO’s, professional athletes, and military officers: this is a mindset that drives a lot of us to meet success. The high performance mindset is…

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PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 15, 2009) Guided-missile destroyers USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), USS Hopper (DDG 70), and USS Russell (DDG 59) sail in formation during the Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Surface Combatant Group Sail. The group sail supports the Pacific Fleet MIDPAC Surface Combatant Operational Employment program, which calls for nine of the 11 Hawaii-based surface combatants to focus on the western Pacific Ocean by conducting intermediate and advanced training and regular deployments in the western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael A. Lantron/Released)

Defining Success: Are You Propulsion or Propulsion Support?

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Are you Moving Your Dream Forward or Someone Else’s Dream Forward? Coast of Libya, 2011 — Where one statement changed my perspective forever. It was March and late at night, a unseasonably warm night on the water. I was standing watch on the bridge of the ship with a senior Officer. We were chatting as…

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I Watched “What the Health” And Went Vegan for 2 Weeks. Here’s What Happened

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“Have you seen ‘What the Health?’” Like many of you, I watched “What The Health” on Netflix because someone you know told you to watch after they had watched it and immediately felt like they were now smoking 12,000 cigarettes every morning when they ate eggs and bacon at breakfast. Needless to say, I also…

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Leaders are Readers

The Top 5 Reads For the Month of July

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Need a new read or thinking of dropping the Netflix habit for something more useful? Here are the top 5 books recommended by featured guests on LSG in the month of July! 5. Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal. Recommended to the Strike Group by Justin Rezvani, CEO of theAmplify, here. A look into flow…

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Why Gatorade Commercials Piss Me Off Before They Pump Me Up

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First, more Gatorade is actually consumed by hungover twenty-somethings reaching over onto the nightstand in the morning as they gently pour Glacier Freeze into their parched mouths, while barely containing the energy or willpower to sit up all the way to ensure none spills down their face or onto the bed sheet. Don’t lie –…

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Don’t Run Scared: How to Erase Intimidation

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 “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” -Alice Walker May 9, 2009 – The first round of the NCAA lacrosse tournament – Navy vs. Duke down in Durham, North Carolina. Duke had firepower up and down their roster and was playing great lacrosse at the time.…

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A Mother’s Dying Lessons to Her Son

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This One is For You, Mom On the morning of January 20, 2015 I lost the person who brought me into this world. She passed of brain cancer. Diagnosed in October in 2014, the cancer spread aggressively and despite brain surgery, chemotherapy, and an amazing attitude, cancer placed her in heaven far earlier than I…

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Why You Must Find the Crossroads of Interest, Skill, and the Feeling of Personal Worth

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The Holy Grail of Finding Yourself I decided to leave the military after my obligatory five years of service upon graduating college. Two operational tours on two ships and one non-operational tour recruiting nuclear engineers was the perfect amount of time away from home and hazardous duty. I had proudly served my nation well, left…

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