This week on the Better Human Project, we’ve got a powerful conversation about grit, character, will, & the decision to choose strength with father, husband, law enforcement professional, and peaceful warrior, Scott McGee.
STRENGTH IS A CHOICE
Physical strength is great, but this statement – like this conversation with Scott – applies far beyond the physical.
Something I’ll never forget from Scott: “Littering is a test of character”.
To me, no statement better summarizes what Scott is all about.
It’s a twist on the Buddhist saying “how you do anything is how you do everything.”
Strength is a choice.
The host of The Sisu Way podcast, Scott reveals the trying life experiences that led to his embracing of the sisu way – including the passing of his father and birth of his first son – within the same week.
As Scott says: Health is Wealth. Vulnerability is Strength. Strength is a Choice. You are the Master of your Fate. You are the Captain of your Soul. Be Unconquerable!
Episode 046: Scott McGee Show Notes:
- Appreciate your belongings. They aren’t just things or stuff. They’re extensions of who you are, what you do and why you’re here.
- How we do anything is how we do everything. Preparation, research, planning, respect.
- Be vulnerable and share with your loved ones. Scott’s father died writing a letter to his unborn grandchild. Never take the moment you have now for granted.
- Through unbeatable odds, Scott’s son Connors chose strength, survived and inspired Scott’s Sisu Way journey
- Scott’s career in law enforcement: empathy, humility, and the human desire for connection
- Nature of Law enforcement is being exposed to human trauma, daily.
- Public service professionals(Police, Firefighters, EMT’s, Doctors, Nurses) are asked to bear witness to the worst of our human experience. Where is the discussion around proper management of stress?
- Change your perspective / position in a traumatic memory.
- Use routine cues in your life to trigger down-regulating. Box breathing at red lights.
- Use a 1 part inhale 2 part exhale breath to handle stress in the moment. As soon as you feel it creep in.
- Be a lighthouse. Bring empathy to those in more unfortunate circumstances.
- Strength is choice. (Requires awareness)
- Knowing how and when to dive in or pull back from a situation. Yelling at your kids etc.
- Be & Do Better:
- Be in appreciation, not expectation.
- Make a conscious effort to make a positive impact in the people around you.
- Scott’s HOW TO Video: At Home Chest Freezer to Ice Bath Conversion
- Burnout Pervasive Issue Among Physicians
- Ryan on The Sisu Way Podcast
- Logan Gelbrich on The Sisu Way Podcast
- Logan Gelbrich on the Better Human Project Podcast