Mark Divine is the founder of SEALFFIT and Unbeatable Mind and the host of the Unbeatable Mind podcast. Mark is a Retired Navy SEAL Commander, NYT Best Selling author, speaker and entrepreneur. The podcast deals with a wide variety of subjects, from philosophical, emotional and meta-physical to self defense, fitness and elite physical performance. They all form a part of Mark's 5 mountain training path to develop your Mental, Physical, Emotional, Intuitive, and Kokoro (Heart) self. Find out more at unbeatablemind.com.
Gabrielle Reece is a world-renowned athlete, TV personality, New York Times bestselling author, and model. Together with her husband Laird, they launched a new all-encompassing fitness program called XPT. Find out what she has to say on parenting as an athlete, training, business leadership and so much more. Hear how. Business leadership is about knowing and being willing to learn from others. Gabby’s understanding of parenting is that kids can’t really be compelled to do things, even things that they’re good at. As you get older, training is as much or more about maintaining physical ability as it is about elite performance Listen to this episode to get an inside look at an elite, athletic life.
Richard Strozzi-Heckler is a well-known expert in somatic (whole body) approaches to leadership, a psychologist, an author and has a seventh degree black-belt in Aikido. Commander Divine recently took one of his courses, and they talk today about embodied leadership and somatic psychology. Bringing attention to the body is a fundamental step in developing mindful awareness of life. Life follows attention – so paying attention is a very human and willful choice Mindfulness needn’t be practiced in complete stillness Listen to this episode to get an understanding of how the body and awareness of it can help to enhance leadership.
Mark Pattison is the first NFL player to attempt the “Seven Sisters,” summiting the highest mountains on each continent. He is also an author, podcaster and speaker. Today, he talks with the commander about his professional athletic career and his subsequent career in mountain climbing. His initial football career was all about talent over work, and that needed to change, so it did. Mountaineering became Mark’s “what’s next,” after he was done with football. Though he still had to work at finding it. Everest is going to be his crowning achievement, but the process of getting there has been valuable, not just the result. Hear how Mark was able to transition from one career to another by a clear understanding of himself and what he really wanted to do.
Ora Nadrich is a Thought Coach and Mindfulness Meditation teacher, as well as the author of the books, “Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever” and “Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity.” She talks with Commander Divine today about how to use mindfulness, and what it can really mean to you. Learn how: Ora’s system is an extension of Jungian psychology. It’s possible to mindful of simple things, like everyday tastes. “Mindfulness” isn’t a competitive arena, where being more mindful means you have “won.” Listen to this episode to hear more about how you can use mindfulness and authenticity for yourself.
Chris Norton was a talented 18 year old college football player with a promising future. Chris suffered a massive injury while playing football in College, that let him without any feeling from the neck down and being told that he would never walk again. Chris was determined to prove the doctors wrong, so he pushed himself through grueling daily workouts until four years later, he walked across the stage to receive his college diploma. He went on to find love and he and his wife have a new book just out called “The Seven Longest Yards.” The book is a message of resiliency and hope that will inspire you. Listen to this episode to hear how Chris is able to overcome so that he can be successful in his and his wife’s new life.
Today Commander Divine talks to Tim Desmond about mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion. Tim is a psychotherapist, author, teacher and long time student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. His most recent book, “How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life,” shows us that by relating to life’s ever present pain with compassion, wisdom and joy we have a chance to experience happiness. Tim dives into ways to bridge the ancient tradition of mindfulness and the challenges of modern life. Hear how: We need to remember to pay attention to the things that are important enough to take up your life People need to treat every moment like something that matters – don’t allow yourself to spend your time on unimportant things. We may often think of providing compassion for others, but we often won’t give any to ourselves. Listen in for an in-depth and very practical view of how mindfulness and meditation can work for you.
Commander Divine dives deep into his upcoming book, “Staring Down the Wolf: 7 Leadership Commitments That Forge Elite Teams.” Mark discusses the differences between leadership in the Special Ops community and being leader in tin business. Hear how: Commander Divine recounts his transition from the SEALs to the Business world How teams in both realms require that you learn to manage your fear How moral and spiritual character as well as authenticity are required beyond tactics Listen to this episode to get deeper insight into how you can use lessons from Spec Ops to improve your leadership ability
Larry Hagner is best known as the man behind “The Good Dad Project,” and the host of the podcast “The Dad Edge.” He is also the author of “The Dad's Edge: 9 Simple Ways to Have: Unlimited Patience, Improved Relationships, and Positive Lasting Memories.” Learn how: You need to be authentically yourself so that you can be good to your kids You need to learn to recognize and avoid the “drift,” when you forget your core values, and just let “life” take over As a father, you need to consider 5 factors – financial, health, marriage, connection with kids, and leadership Listen to this podcast to hear more practical guidance on fatherhood, and how you can tap into other resources to learn more.
Cal Newport is a well-known Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and researches cutting edge technologies so he can write about the impact of these innovations on society. Cal has numerous books including “Deep Work” and recently launched his latest book, “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.” In this episode, Cal talks to Commander Divine about how to make sure you’re using tech in the best way so that it is helping you toward your goals, rather than simply distracting you from them. Learn how: We currently have an economy based around knowledge products, but very little consideration is given to how we make them. Addictive behavior is NOT fundamental to smart phones, social media has just enhanced and developed addiction to technology on our part We should be much more selective about the technologies we adopt in our personal lives. Listen to this episode to understand how to control your technology, and make it the tool rather than the goal of what you do.
Kelly Starrett is a coach, physical trainer, author and speaker and is a co-founder of the website MobilityWOD. He’s worked with Olympic athletes, and was an Olympic competitor on the US canoeing and kayaking team. He has also been heavily involved in the Crossfit world. His book, “Becoming a Supple Leopard” is a bestseller and today he talks to Mark about the importance of just being mobile, whether it’s a regimen or just the way you live. Learn how: We weren’t designed to live the kind of sedentary life that we now have, so moving is important for everyone from elite athletes to office workers. Set workouts are good, but having a mobile lifestyle for yourself is more beneficial. Our bodies were designed to deal with some physical stress, and they start to deteriorate without any at all. Listen in to hear what kind of things you can do to keep yourself mobile and healthy.
Today, Commander Divine talks to Chris and Holly Santillo about parenting, taking months off to go travelling with their sons, and their book “Resilience Parenting.” They talk about how to prepare children to overcome obstacles and to be independent. Learn how: A parent’s job is to pass on their values and to both bring out what’s already in their kids. Connection is part of independence – in order to be fully connected with someone else your kids also need to be independent Martial arts practice was an early inspiration for Chris and Holly’s parenting style Listen to this episode to hear more about how you can parent in a better way.
Commander Divine reveals his newest book, "Staring Down the Wolf". Many listeners will be familiar with the symbol of the Fear Wolf and the Courage Wolf. Mark has devoted an entire book for leaders to manage their Fear Wolf while they feed the Courage Wolf. Hear how: The Courage and Fear Wolf are based off of a Native American analogy Every plateau of development has its own value and its own shadow qualities that it brings with it. Your own shadow might be invisible to you, but others can see it clearly Listen to this episode to learn how “Staring down the wolf” is about confronting the inner limitations that you have that are holding you back.
Dave Asprey is extremely well-known as one of the pioneers of biohacking and using technology to increase health and performance. He is the founder of Bulletproof and the inventor of Bulletproof coffee. Today, he and the commander talk about how to increase performance through biohacking. They also discuss two of his most recent books, “Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life” and the upcoming “Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever.” Hear how: Intermittent fasting is easy with nothing but a cup of coffee in the morning 40 years of Zen initially came from neurofeedback practices Successful people focus more on relationships, sleep and exercise than money or power Listen to this episode to hear how you can manage your own biology to increase your performance and abilities.
Mariana Atencio is a well-known journalist, TED Speaker, influencer and award winning news reporter. Her book “Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real,” is a journey to discover why celebrating what makes us different becomes the most valuable lesson anyone can learn. Hear how Controlling the smaller things, helps deal with all those things that you can’t control Why looking for humanity in others keeps you human While covering a storm, her and her crew were given shelter by a local and why that experience has become a kind of touchstone for her Listen to this episode to get an inside look at Mariana’s unique outlook and how to embrace the power of being real.
Robert Teschner was formerly an Air Force “Top Gun” jet pilot, instructor and commander, flying both the F-15 and the F-22. He’s also a consultant, speaker and the author of “Debrief to Win: How America's Top Guns Practice Accountable Leadership...and How You Can, Too!” Today he talks to Commander Divine today about the importance of the Debrief. Robert had an exceptional military career, and is also a survivor of colon cancer. He explains how if he’d been using the same kind of Debriefing technique with himself as he used regularly in the Air Force, he would have been able to manage and minimize cancer’s impact. The Air Force Debrief is very intense and focuses on four main topics: Intensive understanding and investigation of what actually happened Root cause analysis and recognition that it might be leadership rather than just an individual mistake Formulate a plan to succeed or correct Memorializing your process – one page synopsis so that you can duplicate your process Listen to this episode to hear how Debriefing can work both for business and personal success.
Lauren Fisher is well-known as a superb, young CrossFit competitor and athlete. Lauren started “GrownStrong,” a company dedicated to bringing out a different concept of women’s strength. With her partner Rasmus Andersen, who is a Danish CrossFit athlete, they operate “GrownStrong,” and they are both still major CrossFit contenders. Today, Mark talks with them about the athletic lifestyle involved in CrossFit and how they find balance with athleticism and other demands. Learn how: Athletic needs are more complex than just training – nutrition and recovery are absolutely essential as well. A large part of both training and competition is as much or more a mental challenge as it is physical Grown Strong comes from Lauren’s belief that we should be focusing more on strength for women, rather than appearances Listen to this episode to get insight into how an athletic lifestyle works for these two competitors.
Dan Brulé is a master of the breath and world-renowned pioneer in the field of breathwork. When you control your breathing, you can control your state of well-being and level of performance. The importance of breathing is key to improving your life. The secrets behind everyone from Navy SEAL warriors, elite athletes and champion martial artists is all about controlling your outcomes and changing results by controlling your breath. Today they talk about the importance of proper breath for living and succeeding Learn how: Breath connects the mind to the body We’re all breathing the same bubble of air and breathing gives people a felt experience of our connection We can use the analogy of water to understand how breathing should work, as in still water runs deep Experience significant insight into breathing as well as a directed exercise in breathing provided by Dan and Mark.
Gary John Bishop is a Scottish development expert and author who has written two no-nonsense books about self-development called “Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life,” and “Stop Doing That Sh*t: End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back.” Today, he and Mark talk about the ins and outs of personal development and philosophy. Hear how: Gary promotes actions over attitudes Doing something well for the first time will often involve doing things despite lack of confidence Sometimes creating what you want will involve being “unrealistic” so that you can imagine yourself the way you’d like to be. Listen to this episode to hear a frank discussion about the philosophy of how to improve yourself.
Don Mann is an extraordinary adventurer, speaker and author. He is also a retired SEAL. His most recent book is “Reaching Beyond Boundaries: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Achieving Everything You've Ever Imagined.” Today, he and Mark talk about dealing with pain, setting goals, and the mindset necessary for extreme endeavour. Hear about: Don has learned to let the body rather than the mind deal with pain. Focus on your goal rather than the pain you’re experiencing to get there. Turn previous macro-goals into micro-goals for new macros It’s valuable to set goals high so that you can “stretch” for them. Listen to this episode to get insight into how to manage pain effectively to get what you want.
Guy Kawasaki is famous as the original evangelist for the Apple Mac and today he talks with Mark about entrepreneurship, brand evangelism and design. He is the author of many books, but the most recent is “Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life.” From a long career in business, and the current evangelist for the Canva graphic design tool out of Australia, Guy shares his thinking about entrepreneurship. Hear how You actually need to build something that you want to use rather than building something exclusively for the market. Every competitor will say that they have “the best” product, so you know that every investor has heard about “the best” product hundreds of times. Focus on your story instead. It’s important for an entrepreneur to focus on getting customers before investors. Listen to this episode to get clear about how entrepreneurship is a state of mind.
Mark talks with Bill Treasurer, globally renowned author and retired SEAL Captain and John Havlik on leadership and how to maintain it. Their impetus to write a book came from watching several leaders fall from grace when they were at the pinnacle of achievement. "The Leadership Killer: Reclaiming Humility in an Age of Arrogance,” focuses on one of the main challenges for leaders; the ability to remain or become humble as a leader. They provide actionable strategies for becoming, and most importantly staying, a more effective, confident and humble leader. Hear about: How you should have genuine interest and appreciation for the people on your team How to overcome the constant pressure to "be the best," on your own. Doing something as simple as learning names can make a huge difference Listen to this episode to learn how to be a more effective leader, by letting go of the hubris that often comes along with it.
Remi Adeleke has had a journey through life that many of us would find hard to imagine. From Nigerian royalty to life in the Bronx, to the SEALs, to a career acting and writing. He and Mark talk about the importance of making the most of the things in front of you at all times. Hear his story of transformation, determination and defying all odds with his new book “Transformed". Hear how: The importance of making the most of what is in front of you. How the hard life he’d lived in the Bronx helped him for SEAL training. What it takes for a person who barely graduated high school, swim, act or lead finds success in the areas and acquires those skills Listen to this episode as someone going through times of intense struggle, pressure and failure can overcome all odds.
In this solocast, Mark talks about building respect for yourself as a leader so that you can enhance the performance of your team. His prime example of how to earn respect, is Captain O’Connell from his years in Iraq. Captain O’Connell was called out of retirement after 9/11 to help lead the new Special Operations command and Mark was able to see him work first-hand. Learn the three main aspects of respect: Clarity – it was always clear what was expected and what was needed, and so the team could always knew what it needed to do. Authenticity – you are able to “walk the walk,” and be both transparent and accessible Integrity – know how to communicate, so that what you’re saying is both useful and positive. Consider how what you say is going to land with others. Listen to this episode for a stronger understanding of how respect plays into leadership skills and how you can work to develop them in your own team.
In the 200th episode of his podcast, Mark revisits a number of interviews with various guests that all exemplify parts of the Unbeatable Mind, 5 Mountain system. You’ll hear clips from the David Goggins episode, Cal Newport, Christine Hassler, Sifu Singh and Damien Mander. Each interview is an example of one of the 5 mountains – the physical, mental, emotional, intuitional and Kokoro. Listen to this special episode to get a better understanding of how the 5 mountains show up in a variety of circumstances and how you can manage them for your own Unbeatable Mind.
Jack Carr is known as the best-selling author of the thriller “The Terminal List,” but before coming an author, he led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Jack spent 20 years in Naval Special Warfare and always had two goals in life - to be a SEAL and to write a book. His newest book, “True Believer” is next to come out. It’s important to know that you’re doing the right thing for yourself at the right time. The important process of moving up through ranks to command rather than starting out on top How being SEAL for 20 years helped him as an author Listen to this episode and get a better understanding of how to make a radical career change.
Gary Kraftsow is an old friend and mentor to Commander Divine. He is also the founder of the American Viniyoga Institute. Listen in as they discuss the current state of yoga in the US as well as the deeper meaning of yoga as a practice rather than simply an exercise. Learn about: Gary’s idea of the Yogi, the Bogi and the Rogi and the genuine teachings of yoga. How yoga actually preceded any religious practice, including Hinduism The importance of breath control as a first step to a focused mind Listen to this episode to hear more about the ancient practice of Hinduism and yoga and to understand yoga as part of a “science of spirituality.”
Brian MacKenzie is the founder of Power, Speed, Endurance and Rob Wilson a co-presenter on the new Art of Breath seminars. They talk with Commander Divine today about the importance of proper breathing and breath control for performance in both athletes and everyday life. Learn how The nose is specifically designed for breathing, so breathing through the nose is the right way to breath. Don’t be a “mouth-breather.” Breath control is the basis of performance both as an athlete and everything else as well Nasal breathing engages the parasympathetic nervous system so that you can be relaxed and focused at the same time. Listen to this episode to get insight into the least recognized, but most important physical activity, namely breathing
For An elite team to function properly, the leader needs to be able to earn the trust of his team. Commander Divine discusses trust – how to earn and give it in your team. Learn how: An example of turning a major mistake into more trust for yourself through being forthright, taking responsibility, and then acting on those lessons to improve the risk situations. Humility is the hallmark trait of a good leader Listen to this episode to get a better understanding of trust in teams and the importance for success.
Erwan Le Corre is the creator of the world renowned fitness system MovNat and is on a mission to reintroduce natural movement to our modern lives. He is the author of “The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom.” He and Mark talk about the value of moving and will inspire you to build a naturally strong and flexible body and to form yourself anew into a mindful, skillful and physically capable human being. Learn how: Natural movement is an important learning opportunity for children and shouldn’t be taken away out of fear of risk Breath control is an integral part of natural movement, as it is with all movement Everyone is capable of natural movement, but only by being mindful does one become skilled Listen to this episode to hear how we can reclaim natural movement for fitness and strength.
Scott Eastwood, actor and host of the Podcast “Live Life Better” sits down with Mark to talk acting, his latest project “The Outpost”, nutrition, business and the mental and emotional practices he used to become successful. Find out: How too tight of a deadline can guarantee that you’ll move on too quickly Nutrition and the key to staying focused even while on set The importance of journaling and your daily learning Don’t miss this episode and find out how techniques of an Unbeatable Mind will help in show business just as they do in every other kind of business.
Neil Pasricha is an author and speaker who is a well-known expert on creating happiness for both yourself and in your organization. He has written several books, including “The Happiness Equation,” and, most recently, “How to Get Back Up: A Memoir of Failure & Resilience.” He is also a speaker, giving an extremely popular TED talk. Today, he talks to Mark about the formula for happiness. Being a “big fish” can give you more freedom than being in a “big pond.” Happiness is a prime goal – “How to get happy” is one of the most popular Google searches Contentment is a part of happiness, but not the only ingredient Listen to this episode to understand that happiness doesn’t come from success, it’s the other way around. Success comes from happiness.
A panel discussion on leadership in a Volatile, Uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. Listen to get insights on leadership from several experts, including Bob Schoultz, Christine Hassler, Brent Gleeson, and Jim Brault. Hear ideas on how to manage a multi-generational workforce Understand how and when money can fail or succeed as a motivator Learn about the need for real presence and authenticity in a leader Listen to this episode for more insights on leadership in an increasingly complicated world from this group of experts.
In this solo episode, Mark talks about the importance of courage in both the military and in business. You need to understand the place for courage as the relentless attention to detail and how you can make fear work for you. Courage involves training and preparation, rather than just diving in. The opposite of fear is actually hubris, so fear can be a good thing. You need to understand what you can and can’t control in a VUCA environment Listen to this episode to learn how to be courageous in understanding and following your mission.
James Fell is a well-known fitness and motivational expert. He has written in the LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, Men’s Health, The Guardian and TIME. He also runs bodyforwife.com and is most recently the author of “The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant” He and Mark talk about epiphanies and making a radical change. He teaches how to go directly from intention to committed action Listen to this episode to find out more about life-changing moments and how to change intention to action
Chris Voss is the founder of the Black Swan Group which provides negotiation training for everyone from businesses to law enforcement. Chris has had a long career in law enforcement including the FBI. He worked in the US and internationally as a hostage negotiator. He has also taught negotiation in MBA programs at Georgetown and USC Marshall. In addition, he is the author of the book “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It.” Today, he and Mark talk about Chris’ long career as a negotiator and how to negotiate for business and other situations. Learn about: Three types of negotiator personalities: Fight, flight or friendly. The successful negotiator must be all three types at different times. In Chris’ opinion, “yes” is a useless word. “No” opens up the possibility for learning something. Language is very nuanced and subtle in negotiation. Listen to this episode to hear about the seemingly small changes that can make negotiation successful or not.
Jamie Wheal is an expert on the flow state, and is the Executive Director of the Flow Genome Project and a leading expert on the neuro-physiology of human performance. He has also consulted with the military, Red Bull and professional sports teams, as well as Google and other companies. With Stephen Kotler, he co-authored the book “Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work.” Today he talks with Mark about achieving peak performance and flow state. Learn how: Aikido is one of the best martial arts for both philosophy and enlightenment There is a difference between “symptomatic” – or “hacked” flow – and “causal” flow, which is a product of work Flow is a process of neurobiology and neurochemistry Hear how Jamie and the Flow Genome Project are working to make the flow state clear and accessible for all of us, so that we can all find a way to work at our peak abilities.
Brian Dickinson has always been an adventurer, and was Air Rescue Swimmer in the Navy, and is now a very accomplished mountaineer. He’s written a book about his climb of Everest called “Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest.” Today he tells Mark about how he got into mountaineering after the Navy, and his harrowing adventures climbing Everest. Hear how: He lost his Sherpa to illness with about 1000 feet left to go to the summit The day after summiting, he lost his ability to see, and had to make his way down without eyesight. An oxygen tank that had malfunctioned earlier miraculously started working just in time for him to be able to breath Understand how faith and determination allowed Brian to overcome one of the most difficult situations imaginable.
Willie Banks is a well-known Olympian, having been a member of the US Olympic track team for Triple Jump in 1984 and 1988. Since then, he’s been an active member of the sport and Olympic community, serving as the President of the US Olympians Association and an organizer of the ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego in 2019. Mark and Willie talk about Willie’s experiences with the Olympics and his ongoing devotion to spreading interest in sports and track in particular. Find out: How Willie was able to use his resentment about the 1980 boycott of the Olympics to motivate him. How you need to “switch on” when you come to the office. How Willie used dreaming visualization for his competitions without even realizing it. Hear how Willie has been able to turn his athletic career into spreading the word about sport and fitness.
Jimmy Choi was diagnosed with Parkinson's when he was 27. And now, at 41, he has run 13 marathons, 88 half marathons and countless other races. Most people know him as he competed in American Ninja Warriors and also part of Team Fox raising $250,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation. Mark talks to him today at the Spartan Race in Lake Tahoe about training, diet and mindset. He’s an inspiration to us all by living his life with a positive mindset, dedication to helping find a cure, and passion for everything he does. Listen to this episode to understand better how we can all do better every day.
In this solo episode, Mark takes questions from the Unbeatable Mind tribe. Hear how you need to deal with and protect yourself from the negativity of a significant other and how to work on maintaining passion and focus for your end-game. Many of us can start things well, but need help with making sure we are able to finish them. Learn about: The need to have a burning “why” or a “hell, yes” to undertake a significant endeavor. Pride may not be the best emotion, since pride comes at someone else’s expense. Courage is more positive than pride Box Breathing is not the only staple, there are other types of breath work that the Commander uses and recommends. Listen to this episode to hear insights from Mark on some of the most asked questions from his tribe!
Dr. Lara Pence has spent the last decade working with individuals as the peel back the layers of their outer shell, cast aside the unhealthy patterns that keep them stuck and unfulfilled, and begin to build a new, more resilient and adventurous sense of self. She works with Olympic athletes, successful entrepreneurs to help them move away from comparison and self-loathing and towards connection and self investment. Dr Pence is also the Chief Mind Doctor for Spartan and host of "Spartan Mind” Podcast. Find out how: Both crying and laughter are essentially both just huge releases of energy, which is why they often seem to be very close together. Asking questions of her clients can often lead to learning more about her own integrity and how to stay inside it. Lara hopes that her clients won’t become so “comfortable” with her, that they get themselves into another rut. Listen to this podcast to learn when to exercise your “no” muscle and when you just need to say “yes” to what’s on offer.
Charlie Engle is a world renowned ultra-marathon runner who has endured some of the worlds most punishing long-distance foot races including his run across the Sahara Desert, documented in the film “Running the Sahara.” He is also a speaker and the author of the memoir called “Running Man.” In this wide-ranging discussion, he and the Commander talk about the personal difficulties with addiction that led to his career in running. Find out: How addiction manifests in different ways and doesn’t always have to be negative At first, Charlie’s running was an attempt to “beat” the addict out of himself About how Charlie became a kind of fitness coach for prison inmates Listen to this episode to gain insight into the running lifestyle and how to be able to go to extremes to accomplish a task.
This week Mark is at Lake Tahoe for the Spartan Race championships. He talks to Misty Diaz, who is well-known as an athlete and advocate for people with Spina Bifida. She has completed over 200 races herself, and she is both an advocate and an impressive athlete. IN spite of significant obstacles, she was eventually able to pursue her athletic ambitions. Misty endured much hardship on her way to becoming one of the top adaptive athletes, including 28 different surgeries. She had to start taking morphine to deal with pain. She became addicted, and that was also a challenge that she had to overcome. Though Misty has a fear of water, she is open to the idea of doing SEALFIT with some adaptations for her needs. Listen to this episode to hear how Misty was able to overcome the very significant challenges she faced to pursue her calling in athletics.
In this new solocast, Commander Divine gives answers to questions coming directly from his Unbeatable Mind tribe. Mark gets into the importance of thinking deeply so that you can make sure that you are “practicing” at doing the right things, and developing the right habits. Other take aways: To keep age out of your thought processes. Emotional and intuitional development are harder to see. One thing you can look at is your skills in communication. Competition needs to come from a world-centric perspective. Don’t focus on “win-lose,” but “co-opetition.” This episode is like a mini Unbeatable Mind training session, so listen to this Q & A episode to get insight into what others are wondering about.
JR Martinez is a well-known speaker, author and media personality. In 2003, while serving with the Army in Iraq, he suffered extensive burn injuries after the Humvee he was driving hit an IED. With a great deal of humor, he and Mark talk his long process he went through to overcome his injuries—and the physical, mental and emotional steps he took to recovery. Hear how: JR is more than simply his military career. Many people start and end with his service, and while that is certainly significant, it’s not the whole story. Learning how to be of service changed his outlook and approach to military service. JR’s future musings on acting and voice acting specifically. Listen to this episode to find out how you can learn to move past things that are holding you back with humor and humility.
Ryan Munsey is well-known as an expert in the wellness and personal development space, and he was also one of the first participants in the SEALFIT 20X experience. He has recently written a book called “F*ck Your Feelings: Master Your Mind, Accomplish Anything and Become a More Significant Human.” He and Mark discuss how to control your emotions so that you can make better decisions. Hear how: Every feeling is biased. So while they have to be recognized, you shouldn’t let them run you. Big decisions are the easy ones. But little decisions are harder and often make the difference. It is the processes you engage in that get results. Not people. Listen to this episode to get a better understanding of the mental and habitual “grooves” that we get into and how we can start to break free of them.
James Clear talks to Commander Divine today about his new book, “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.” James is a weightlifter, writer and photographer who has spent a lifetime working to understand how to get where you’re wanting to go, and the differences between goals and processes. Learn how: Goals are where you are going. Systems are how you’re going to get there. You don’t rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Many habits are stymied by the fact that good habits often have long-term benefits, but short-term suffering. Bad habits are generally the exact opposite. You need to find ways to bring benefits into the present for good habits. Little things—little frictions—can be enough to stop a habit that you’re trying to form. Listen to this episode to get insights into how even seemingly trivial changes can add when you make the commitment.
In Part two this fascinating interview, the Commander Divine talks more with Dr. Andrew Huberman, a respected neuroscientist at Stanford University. They get into the practical application of neuroscience, and the science behind breathing, visualization and more mental work that are a very important part of the SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind programs. Dr. Andrew Huberman discusses how neuroplasticity for adults is a trainable skill. It is a great deal more work than when we are children, but it can be done with effort and skill. They also discuss the value of nootropics and the importance of breathing practices and visualization for adults to be able to focus and learn in the same way that children are able to. Listen to this episode to get a very in-depth look at the function of the brain and how we can work to improve our mental performance.
In Part one of this fascinating interview, Dr. Andrew Huberman, a respected neuroscientist at Stanford University discusses the practical application of neuroscience, and the science behind breathing, visualization and other mental work that Mark has employed within Unbeatable Mind, the SEALs, and others. Commander Divine and Dr. Huberman get in to how Eastern approaches often provide the practices themselves, while Western science is in the process of providing the evidence for mental practices. Insights into how your brain works and why these recommendations work, and how Dr. Huberman would like to see the language around neuroscience simplified so that the science can be used for guidance by more of the general public Title: Dr. Andrew Huberman talks about the practical uses of neuroscience
Jason Fung is a well-known expert on nutrition, and is also the author of several books including the best sellers “The Obesity Code” and "The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting.” He talks with the Commander today about our misguided understandings of nutrition and gives us insights into the importance of timing and fasting in general. Learn how: There are eating “windows” where you should be eating, and times when you shouldn’t be. You can either be storing fat, or burning it. Not both at the same time. Only the brain uses ketones—all the other muscles can use fat directly Dr. Fung’s approach is actually very straight-forward. What to eat. When to eat.
Many people will know Scott Hamilton as a champion figure skater and as a commentator for international figure skating competition with NBC. He’s also an author of several books, including the most recent book “Finish First: Winning Changes Everything.” He is also the founder of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy. Hear how Scott has continued to overcome severe health issues to become a champion skater and a uniquely positive individual. Learn how: Scott has developed in every way that he can, especially spiritually, in order to overcome the obstacles in front of him. You only learn by losing, so while winning is obviously the goal, losing needs to be valued as well. We each have more inside us that we’ve ever given ourselves permission to recognize Listen to this episode to get acquainted with the struggles of a superb athlete with an extremely unique and positive outlook on life.
After years of deep work and thought, Commander Divine has developed a model for the Unbeatable Mind Operating System. His system is derived partly from the AQAL integrative system that was developed by the philosopher Ken Wilber combined with his knowledge of Eastern philosophy. He stresses the importance of needing to upgrade our “Operating System,” to deal with the world as it currently challenges us. Learn how: He focuses on the four circles of Core, Commitments, Competencies and Capacity We generally use our Mana or lower mind and our subject to material cravings because of that. We need to use our Buddhi or higher mind more effectively to focus on more important things. We can develop our internal “witness,” so that we can understand ourselves and utilize the OODA loop to make decisions With hard work and training, you can make all the circles of the “Operating System,” work for you.
Doctor Shefali on Conscious Parenting Description: Doctor Shefali Tsabary, PhD is an expert on parenting, having written several books, and most recently the book “The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children.” She has spent her life learning from both Eastern and Western philosophy about the relationships between parents and children. A world - renowned clinical psychologist, TEDx Speaker and one of Oprah’s featured guests. Today, she sits down with Commander Divine to talk about the importance of parents essentially working on themselves, rather than trying to work on their children. Learn how: We need to start recognizing that our children are just as human as we are, and we therefore have less control of them than we think we should—which is as it should be Both Western and Eastern philosophy, spirituality and psychology are needed to deal with the modern world real learning, unfortunately, often comes from great emotional pain Listen to this episode to understand how to parent effectively by learning more about yourself.
Daniel Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of Talent Code and most recently the Culture Code. He has been a consultant for various organizations, including DEVGRU and is currently a consultant with the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Today, he and Commander Divine talk about developing talent as an individual and how to develop talent in your team. Hear how: Learning and development take place in a loop of experience and then reflecting on the experience. Great coaches and leaders are “Talent whisperers,” able to use their emotional skills to build ability in others Coaching is actually emotional connection—it’s not just what they tell you but how they tell you. Learn how talent isn’t just something you’re born with, but something that you can actually build in yourself and your team.
Benjamin Spall is the co-author of the book “My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired.” and also is the co-founder of the mymorningroutine.com website, with accounts of various morning routines followed by a huge variety of people. He and the Commander talk about the importance of morning routine to start the day, from the casual routine to the more intense versions. Learn how: Even when people miss their routine, they often make it up later in the day Sleeping enough is just as important as getting into a routine. So it’s better to have a shorter routine than to be getting up at 5 to fit it all in. Morning rituals can be short and need to be tailored for yourself and your own schedule Listen to this episode to hear how different but necessary the morning rituals are to get you ready to make the most of your day.
This is the second podcast in this series, where Commander Divine reads from his new book “Launch,” which was originally conceived as being for young adults. He realized that it was actually useful for anyone, young or old, at the point of launching a new career, a new project or heading off in a new direction of any kind. In the first episode, he read chapters 1 and 2, and today he reads from chapter 3. In today’s episode: Learn how to shape your passions into a defining purpose Hear more about Mark’s personal journey to find his own purpose Recognize that you need to complete projects that have already been started so that you can put all the pieces together for your new adventure. Listen to this episode so that you can prepare to “Launch” into a new life
Damien Mander had a military career with the Australian Royal Navy as a Clearance Diver and Special Operations sniper. In 2009, he completely cashed in and became the founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation in Africa. He was in DC recently to raise funds for his organization, and was able to give Commander Divine some time to talk about his work in Africa and how he is developing leaders amongst Rangers in several African countries. Learn how Damien recruits largely from the female population for his rangers lately for stronger connections to the communities affected by poaching How his anti-poaching efforts came from going to Africa first, and gaining understanding later It’s important to include the communities in his efforts, rather than just “declaring war” on both poaching and the communities Listen to this episode for a fascinating conversation about courage, leadership and the importance of preserving the eco-system.
Amanda is a graduate of Stanford where she took her degree in Human Biology. She is also an author of the book “Your Body is Your Brain.” Somatics is the understanding that the whole body is a part of thinking. She has put her knowledge to use as a trainer of whole body learning in the service of business leadership. Learn how: The ways that you move affect the ways that you think and feel Differences between kinds of dance affect the way that dancers behave Changing your posture and stance can give you confidence and ability for the new job or stressful presentations The Somatic approach that Amanda is taking is mirrored in the kind of approach that Commander Divine is taking in the Unbeatable Mind program.
Retired Colonel Fred T. Krawchuk, is a well-known and respected leadership teacher. He’s been a U.S. Army Special Forces officer and has led soldiers in a variety of infantry and special operations assignments in the United States, Europe and Latin America. A General MacArthur Leadership Award Winner and a graduate of West Point and Harvard University, he served as an Olmsted Scholar in Spain and as an Army Senior Fellow with the U.S. Department of State. Find out: The differences between the military/engineering approach to accomplishment versus softer approaches with different kinds of goals How Aikido—the martial art—has made a huge difference in Fred’s understanding of leadership How important trust is to being able to lead Listen to this episode to get insights on leadership that completely jive with the Unbeatable Mind approach.
Sifu Harinder Singh is a 23rd generation Kung Fu Master, trainer and author. He and Commander Divine talk about the importance of martial arts and how we need to move beyond the idea of them as simply grappling or hitting. An essential aspect of the martial arts is the mentality and spirituality that it brings about. Learn about: How you need to be like water, flexible and ready to take any form necessary How the west has been almost all Yang in the Yin and Yang pair How Sifu and Mark both pursued the less obvious paths to get where they are now Listen to this episode to learn how Awareness and an Unbeatable Mind precede every action.
Commander Divine just finished a rough draft of his new book “Launch,” which was originally conceived as being for young adults. He realized that it was actually useful for anyone, young or old, at the point of launching a new career, a new project or heading off in a new direction of any kind. Today, in this solo episode, he gives us a peek inside his process and his upcoming book. Find out: More about how your “Background of Obviousness” or BOO can shape your endeavors right off the bat The importance of finding a mentor to help you get going in the right direction How to connect to your inner witness to unravel all the stories that you think you “know” about yourself Listen to this episode to hear Mark’s advice to teenagers and to everyone on the verge of starting something new.
Kyle Russell is a prodigy, having started work with the Silicon Valley venture capital firm of Andreessen Horowitz at the age of 22. He talks with Commander Divine today about the future of AI and the importance of understanding how to correctly use technology as a tool. Hear about: How artificial intelligence is already involved in our use of online platforms like Facebook and Google The possibility that because our intelligence is part of our body, artificial intelligence may also need to be “embodied” The unique way that the founder of Bitcoin is anonymous and has stepped away from the project to let others continue with the development Listen to this episode to hear a very unique take on the future of the economy and artificial intelligence.
Brad Thor is a well-known novelist who has written 18 extremely successful thrillers. His main character is a SEAL and he’s immersed himself in the world of Special Operations to make sure that his books are accurate. Mark and Brad talk about the difficulties of writing, the value of Stoicism and a more optimistic approach to current politics. Hear about: Brad’s rituals to keep himself motivated to write the next book Participation in the Red Cell to imagine upcoming threats to the United States Making sure that you can put this political era in proper perspective so you can appreciate everything about America Find out how Brad maintains an unbeatable attitude so that he can keep writing new books every year.
Sanjay Rawal is an award winning Documentary film director with "Food Chains" and "Challenging Impossibility", with his most recent called “3100: Run and Become.” The film is about a 3100 mile race in Queens and the spiritual value of running. From Japan and Africa, Rawal points to various cultures that use running not simply as a form of exercise, but a way to reach enlightenment. He and Mark talk about the importance of understanding that the physical is an extension of your spiritual journey. Hear about: The monks of Mount Hendai in Japan and their 1000 mile running challenges The Kalahari bushmen of Botswana and their form of hunting which involves chasing their prey for several days The ancient Long-Gom-Pa monks of Tibet, who had trained themselves to bound endlessly across the terrain Listen to this episode to hear how many cultures use physical activity as a spiritual tool, exercise for your mind and spirit as well as your body.
Dr. John Sullivan is a well-known sports psychologist who currently works with NFL teams, has consulted with the NBA, Major League Soccer, and English Premier League as well as Olympians. He is also the author of the book “The Brain Always Wins: Improving Your Life Through Better Brain Management.” He talks with Mark today about the importance of emotions in performance since, as he says, “emotions run the show in sport and life.” Find out how: Exercise needs to be understood as medicine. It needs to be dosed correctly like anything else. We’ve returned to a “hunter/gatherer” society as we have to pick through food at the supermarket and read carefully to find suitable nutrition in our grocery stores Technology can enhance, but never trump human beings Listen to this episode to hear how performance often comes before thought, so thinking about what we should do means that we’re often too late.
Preparing for the Spartan Race at Dodger Stadium Mark had a chance to talk with Robert Hamilton Owens. Robert is known as a speaker, athlete and adventurer. At the age of 65, he took on five endurance challenges, including Kokoro camp. He has completed 12 Ironman triathlons, the most recent being last year. He also loves being an inspiration and mentor for young people, helping candidates for the Air Force Pararescuemen or “PJs” with whom he served in Vietnam. He and Mark talk about the importance of mindset to overcome physical challenges. Find out about: Robert’s achievements and lessons from being the oldest man ever to complete the Kokoro camp How in the most extreme endurance challenges, your physical strength is already exhausted, and it’s your mental strength that gets you to the finish The differences between endurance and strength and how Robert had to make some changes to train for Kokoro Listen to this episode to get some insight into the importance of always staying relevant and “in the game” no matter what your age.
In the final episode of his special “The Way of the SEAL” podcasts, Mark talks about the final two principles in his book, Training for the Way of the SEAL, and building an elite team. Commander Divine goes through some of the exercises and tools that he uses for training the 5 mountains. He also talks about ways to make sure that the members of your team are all on the same page with you as you work to accomplish elite goals. Hear about: how to combine horizontal training—practical skills—with the vertical development you need to attain higher plateaus of consciousness Remember that slow is smooth, smooth is fast. So, think more about being smooth than going quickly when you train Understand how you will need to make sure that every member of your team is following the same ethos Listen to this episode to get many insights about training the 5 mountains and developing your ability to lead according to the Unbeatable Mind and Way of the SEAL principles.
In this solo episode, Mark gives us more insights on the 5th anniversary edition of his book “The Way of the SEAL.” Today he talks extensively about the importance of staying alert and making sure you maintain an offensive mindset. He’s not necessarily aggressive, but he’s always ready to keep moving forward. Hear about: how you can Work on the mental biases and “BOO” that is keeping you reactive and inside the box The difference between real confidence and just being sure of an outcome. Find out how to use the Cooper color system to move from a Sheep to Sheepdog Chapter 8 is packed with information about moving from a defensive mindset to being ready to move forward and seize opportunities.
Joe De Sena has always been an entrepreneur, but he is best known as the co-founder of the Spartan Races, and the host of the Spartan Up! podcast. With the sound of another Spartan Race being built at Dodger Stadium in the background, he talks with the Commander about the past few years spent in Southeast Asia and China spreading the Spartan brand and his own, personal fitness approach. He’s a legend and a master of forging ahead no matter the odds. Find out about: The importance of his mother’s yoga practices and spiritual beliefs to how he still thinks about fitness The joy and freedom he felt in losing his smartphone The extreme difficulty he has in sitting quietly to meditate. Listen to this casual and friendly episode to hear how more about the journey of the Spartan Races from where they began to where they are now.
Stew Smith is a well-known fitness trainer and author. His latest book is “Tactical Fitness (40+) Foundation Rebuilding.” He and Commander Divine talk about SEAL training, and the important lessons learned about fitness, breathing and mental ability gained. He goes on to describe his work with the Sheepdog community, preparing police, firefighters as well as various branches of the military for service. Hear how: at least part of exceptional performance is learning to overcome your own brain mindset is an important part of athleticism, especially functional fitness Stew uses breathing to control stress Listen to this episode to get a glimpse into the value and importance of tactical and functional fitness for powerful service.
In this solo episode, Mark gives us more insights on the 5th anniversary edition of his book “The Way of the SEAL.” Today he talks extensively about the importance of building your intuition. It is largely a process of developing your perception so that you can observe more information and details about any scene or situation. Hear how: Intuition comes largely by thinking with your gut and your heart instead of just your head. Spec Ops training includes a focus on opening up your perception so that you are able to “see” more. you need to work on clearing out your Background of Obviousness (BOO) to clear away old stories and perceptions Learn how to enhance your perception and intuition so that you are able to “see” with more than just your eyes.
JC Glick is a former Ranger and served 11 combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s also an author, and he’s provided a very down-to-earth account of how to develop leadership called “A Light in the Darkness: Leadership Development for the Unknown.” He and Mark talk about leadership, the effect of PTSD on soldiers and how they might be able to counteract it. Hear how: JC has known Generals Petraeus and McChrystal but he still credits NCOs with teaching him the most about leadership That “pushing to the edge” of you or your team’s capacity isn’t necessarily the best way to get the best performance Remember that you’re allowed and, in fact, expected to make some mistakes on your way to success Find out how JC is able to translate his knowledge of military leadership to leadership in general.
James Scott is a writer who works in cyber-security, advising congress about cyber security. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology and a fellow at the Center for Cyber-Influence Operations Studies. He gives us his insights into Fake News and how political parties, special interests and nation-states use Twitter, Facebook and other kinds of social media to spread views and influence others. Learn how: Large tech companies including Google and Facebook have their own agendas Manipulation of social media is standard practice for national and special interests Buying a crowd to protest something isn’t difficult Learn how you need to make sure that your thoughts are actually your own.
In Part Two of this interview, Mark and Laird Hamilton get into more specifics about training, recovery and nutrition. They also talk about the importance of proper breathing and using imagery. How it is essential to imagine a destination before you can actually get there. Both Mark and Laird are “watermen,” and air is almost everything when you’re in the water, so naturally proper breathing techniques are important. Hear how: Laird credits a great deal of his fitness knowledge to Paul Chek Laird was doing “Paleo” before it had a name. While it is useful to have some fear, it is essential that positive and negative thoughts are mostly in balance but with positive always a little bit ahead Listen to this episode to both get insights about both the psychology and physiological requirements of high performance.
Laird Hamilton is well known in the surfing community and is the subject of the recent, award winning documentary “Take Every Wave.” He was one of the inventors of Tow-in surfing, which allowed surfers to catch bigger waves than they could by paddling themselves. It has been one of the most significant advancements in surfing. In this two part interview, Mark talks to him about surfing and more. Hear how: Laird was bullied as a minority which he thought of as actually being an advantage. Because he was already outside the tribe, there was no point in seeking approval from anyone. The Ocean can be tough, but it is an environment that rewards you for knowledge and understanding. Laird believes that fear is a sign of intelligence. It’s managing your fear that is essential, rather than being “fearless.” In this first part of the Commander’s interview with the surfing legend, find out how he’s been able to evolve himself from youth to maturity through surfing.
In this solo episode, Mark dives deeper into the new version of his book “The Way of the SEAL” to focus on doing today what others won’t and forging mental toughness. “Do today what others won’t so you can do tomorrow what others can’t,” is the Smoke Jumper creed. Commander Divine applies the Smoke Jumpers creed to all aspects of life. He then provides some practical insights on how to foster mental toughness in yourself, so that you will be able to perform in an exceptional way more easily. Hear how: Commander Divine learned to “embrace the suck” in his SEAL training thanks to an “evil” instructor pushing him to his limits Understand the difference between good and bad pain, so you’ll know when to push through, and when you need to rest You can use very practical methods to engage in good “mind control” of yourself Listen to this podcast to learn how you create Discipline, Drive and Determination to do more.
David Goggins (@iamdavidgoggins) is extremely well known both for his military career and as an extreme athlete. In 2013 he set the record for pullups completed in 24 hours at 4025.He and the Commander talk about how he managed to evolve himself from a very difficult childhood by exercising his tremendous will. Learn how mental toughness is a lifestyle and how he does everything he doesn’t want to do to stay tough. Hear about: His first 100 mile running race and how it changed his life How he went from the Air Force, to hunting cockroaches, to the SEALs by force of will His latest plans are to become a “Smoke Jumper,” wildlands firefighters that parachute into remote areas to fight forest fires Learn Goggins’ secrets to super-human determination in this podcast
Matthew and Terces Engelhart have created a work environment unlike any other. This spirit of gratitude and appreciation for the abundance of life has afforded them a life beyond their expectations. Owners of the largest vegan restaurant in the US, They also have a very unique approach to business, based on the principles of “Sacred Commerce.” They have a conversation with Commander Divine about the importance of understanding your own and employee roles in a very different way so that work can be an empowering and open place, rather than simply a chore. Hear: The Engelharts perform a Clearing practice on the Commander and then describe what they did. How you need to be aware and make sure that what you say is “landing” in the way that you intended That you need to understand that it’s the story that surrounds a fact that causes grief rather than the fact itself. This very special podcast will give you insights on how better to communicate with staff and understand a very different way to pursue commercial success.
Michael Gervais is a renowned expert in high-performance psychology, best known for his work with the Seattle Seahawks, the Red Bull Stratos team, and with several Olympic athletes as well. He understands the power of our minds to accomplish the extraordinary first hand. He talks to Commander Divine about the importance of mindset and especially mindfulness to creativity and high performance. Learn about: His new company with Football coach Pete Carroll in coaching for business called “Compete to Create.” How he made sure to call mindfulness “training” rather than “meditation” for professional football clients His outlook and insights on Luke Aikins of Red Bull skydiving without a parachute Michael Gervias specializes in high performance mindset training and whether you are an athlete, a weekend warrior, a business exec, entrepreneur or a stay at home parent, listen to this interview to improve your performance in everything.
In his solocast today, the Commander talks about Front Sight Focus and Bullet-proofing your mission, more principles from the Anniversary edition of his book “The Way of the SEAL.” In a previous podcast, he focused on how to define your goals, and in this episode he gives his attention to properly focusing and breaking your vision down into separate, achievable missions. Learn about: Front sight focus: Make sure the you are able to radically focus on the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason The 80-20 rule. We spend 80% of our time on non-productive work, and 20% on doing things that are useful. Hear how we need to flip that ratio to get things done. Bullet-proof your mission: hear about the SEAL practice of “dirt diving,” or practicing your mission, so that you can be prepared for whatever might happen. The mind is where all goals and achievements get their start. So it is essential that you learn how to win in your mind before you ever enter the field.
Charlie Melton is well-known as the marksman who trained Chris Kelly and Marcus Lutrell among many others. Charlie and the Commander go through his career with the SEALs as both a trainer and a soldier. Charlie was always interested in shooting, and was determined to enter the military. The SEALs seemed to be the hardest outfit for acceptance, training and service so that’s what he chose to do. Hear about: After a very serious and tragic car accident that caused the death of his wife Chris was still able to come back to active duty with SEAL team 5. How Chris Kelly was very good, but he was also at the right places at the right times Charlie recently broke the 5000 yard (2.84 miles) record for shooting Most recently, Charlie’s started his own business training shooting at his ranch in Texas. The website is at charliemikeprecision.com.
David Grossman is well known for teaching at West Point, as a trainer and for various law enforcement and Criminal Justice organizations, and as an extremely important author and thinker regarding the psychology of killing. He talks with Commander Divine about current violence in society and the importance of what soldiers and police do. Learn how: It is essential that we understand the difference between “stress” and “disorder.” The idea of the Sheepdog comes from Lieutenant Colonel Grossman, and it still describes what he believes to be the true calling of the American citizen The prime disorder in the modern world is sleep deprivation caused by technology and stress Make sure to listen and hear how through technology we are teaching violence to our children and how to handle it.
Jason Silva is an Emmy award winning TV personality, film maker and public speaker. He’s also a self-confessed addict of cognitive ecstasy. What that means is that he’s an addict of the kind of joy brought by understanding of the world, whether through reading, technology or travel. He is known as the host of the National Geographic program “Brain Games,” and currently produces videos for his own series “Shots of Awe,” on YouTube, with over 100 million views. He and the Commander discuss the future and the present of being human and knowledge. Hear how Tools shape us as much as we shape them The mind is a part of the body New places and new environments form an essential part of new knowledge Listen to this wide-ranging conversation about consciousness to get a better understanding of the philosophy and pushing the boundaries of cognition.
Jay Redman is a decorated US Navy SEAL lieutenant. He was critically wounded in 2007 while leading a mission – his team was ambushed and he was struck by machine gun fire. He is the founder of the Combat Wounded Coalition and author of the memoir "The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Officer." In this inspiring interview you will hear how Jay has committed his life to inspiring and teaching people how to develop an antique of never giving up, no matter the circumstances. Learn how The unwillingness to quit either mentally or physically is the first rule in BUD/S and life. SEAL training made Jay understand that neither war, training or any other aspect of life was fair. Jay’s determination to help wounded veterans when they return home. Listen to this episode for a very down-to-earth explanation of military work and leadership.
Naveen Jain is a serial entrepreneur, his latest venture being “Viome” which examines gut health. His company provides testing to make sure that the microbiome in your gut is in balance which will improve overall health. Jain and the Commander discuss entrepreneurship, your imagination being your only limit and his plans for getting to the moon. Find out how: The point of entrepreneurship must be more than simply financial wealth There is enough of the nervous system in the gut that it’s reasonable to wonder if the brain is really the center It’s much more reasonable and manageable to plan a moon shot now than it was in 1969. Listen to this wide-ranging conversation to get an insight into health, space travel and business.
For the 5 year anniversary of The Way of the SEAL, Mark is putting out an updated version of the book for us. In 4 episodes, he’ll be going over the principles outlined in the book for the Unbeatable Mind podcast. He starts with an explanation of the “VUCA” world that we live in and then how important it is to understand your starting location or your ethos before you attempt to make good decisions as a leader. Learn about: The VUCA environment – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous Ethos – understand that knowing what you stand for is essential to knowing how to lead and serve How the Commander went from pursuing a business career to join the SEALs instead Get a better understanding of the leadership principles and a sneak peak at Mark’s new version of The Way of the SEAL.
Commander Divine talks to friend and former SEAL, Dr. Kirk Parsley, a physician who says getting enough rest at night is the single most effective performance - enhancing habit. The doctor points out that the SEALs, entrepreneurs and other business people all approach sleep as a kind of “luxury” and that we’ve been brought up to think of sleep as merely an optional component of life. Find out: How Dr. Parsley’s initial investigation of adrenal fatigue led him to focus on sleep How lack of sleep can hamper even the most physically fit individuals from performing optimally The importance of getting proper sleep for both physical and mental ability Hear about Dr. Parsley’s new Sleep Remedy and how it can help you get the proper sleep that you need.
Commander Divine saw Tony online and knew that he had to have him on the podcast. Tony Sentmanat is a former Marine and a long-time veteran of the Miami police force on the SWAT team. He owns and operates Real World Tactical, which is a training center devoted to giving clients the real-world knowledge and training that they need in order to effectively take care of themselves and others. Find out: How Tony used disassociation and humor in some situations as a police officer How he uses breathing techniques to be able to function well under pressure How it’s important to prepare and train yourself to be Sheepdog Listen to this episode to find out more about police work and staying prepared in an uncertain world.
This week Commander Divine talks to old friend Andy Stumpf at the Unbeatable Mind Summit this year. They have a frank discussion about the military and provide us with insights on the state of the US after 9/11. They also talk about Andy’s other pursuits, not least his wingsuit experiences and flying 18 miles in a wingsuit to break the world record for distance. Find out: When 9/11 happened, much of the US military was still mentally stuck in Vietnam Andy does amazing things humbly What “Cleared Hot” means and why Andy chose it for the name of his podcast Don’t miss this frank discussion of the military and other things between two former SEALs.
Astronaut Scott Kelly, the first NASA astronaut embarked on a historic mission…he blasted into orbit and began his record-setting 340 day mission to help study the effects of long-term space flight on the human body. Kelly talks about his long career as a Navy pilot, space exploration, his year on the space station and his most recent endeavor -his new book “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.” Find out how: Reading “The Right Stuff” put Scott on track to a career in space The value of diversity in a major project the importance of Scott’s stay on the Space Station to future space trips, including possible trips to Mars Kelly is an inspiration going from a below average student to commanding the Space Shuttle!
In this episode, the Commander reads the new introductory chapter for his book “The Way of the SEAL.” In the new chapter called, “Leading in Accelerating Times,” he describes how to manage and lead and deal with the rapidly evolving challenges of the modern world. From this episode, learn about: The VUCA environment—Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity and how a leader deals with that challenge How to keep using the OODA loop (observe, orient, decide and act) to make decisions even when it’s hard The principles brought forward in the rest of the book about how to lead in business, including how to lead Millennials and how to use Rapid Planning Models Listen in as Mark provides us with an insight to the new edition with a focus on how to lead in a changing world.
Christine Hassler is a coach, speaker, podcaster and author. Her most recent book is called “Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself from Your Past, Change Your Present and Get What You Really Want.” She talks to Commander Divine today about how to control our stories, so that we aren’t controlled by them in negative ways. Hear them talk about: The confluence of Spiritual Psychology and the Unbeatable Mind approach, especially in the recognition and management of our stories Exploring options around the use of anti-depressants, including not using them at all The difference between healthy anger and just allowing yourself to be discontented without a release Listen to this episode to get an insight into another approach to the psychological issues that the Unbeatable Mind deals with as well.
As many will already know, with the Courage Foundation, Commander Divine led a long hike from Sparta to Thermopylae in September to emulate and commemorate King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors. He talks with two of the vets who were with him on that journey, Ilya Verler and Eric Colburn. The vets talk about their experiences with war, after the war and on the long march from Sparta with Mark. Hear how: They were both deeply affected by the 300 march Mark’s Courage Foundation was established to help a number of people, but with vets suffering from PTS as its first priority You will be able to help with future charity events Go to the site at couragefoundation.net to find out more about this organization and how you can help them with their mission
Commander Divine takes us through the second and last part of his discussion of “The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.” Once again, he pulls sections from the book to provide us with inspiration on how Stoic philosophy can help us lead our lives correctly. He then also talks to JD Hixson in Japan about breath work and the importance of making the value of breath-work and proper breathing obvious in North America. In this episode, hear how: The importance and value of living for the moment explained by Marcus Aurelius Box Breathing is a “Trojan Horse,” leading to better habits in a variety of ways Mark encountered breath-work initially as just an extension of his Zen and martial arts training This special episode successfully combines teaching about the Commander’s approach to both breathing and philosophy.
Mark Sisson is essentially one of the earliest and foremost advocates of the paleo movement through his Primal approach and his website “Mark’s Daily Apple.” He is an avid experimenter and often uses himself to try out new ideas. He has always been interested in ketogenesis and so he recently did the work to make himself ketogenic. He also has recently written a new book called “The Keto Reset Diet,” that summarizes his extensive knowledge of the keto way of life. Learn more about ketones and how the brain and muscles learn to use them for fuel Hear how the vast majority of us, including most bodybuilders and other very fit people, still don’t train themselves to burn fat, relying instead on sugar and glycogen for fuel Understand that you need to do the work to develop the metabolic machinery to burn ketones. Everyone is capable of making them, but only a few have trained their bodies to use them. In this episode, get insight into the advantages of burning fat and using ketones to fuel your brain and your muscles.
Dr Daniel Pompa is a well-known medical trainer on detoxification and is the author of “The Cellular Healing Diet.” His approach is to ensure that while “detox” has become a kind of vogue term, to make it meaningful, it needs to involve detoxification of the cells themselves. Most “detox” programs and supplements are shallow and don’t involve helping the cells detoxify themselves. Learn how the slow accumulation of heavy metals might be poisoning you Learn about safe and responsible dentistry for the removal of old, silver fillings Hear how one of the products common in farming and sprayed on almost everything you eat could be toxic Listen to this very informative episode to get a better insight on how to rid your body of toxins.
Commander Divine has always had an attachment to Marcus Aurelius, though it was only later in life that he realized how influential his teachings would be in laying the groundwork for Unbeatable Mind program. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor who was a devotee of the Greek philosophy of Stoicism, which is a very practical approach to wisdom and knowledge. He wrote a large set of “Meditations” where he described his learning and knowledge while he was on military campaigns and elsewhere. Mark reads these short pieces of wisdom and explains them as they relate to the modern world. Learn how Stoicism is related to the Unbeatable Mind philosophy and how you can use the Stoic teachings of Marcus Aurelius in everyday life.
In this episode, Mark talks with Brian MacKenzie and Phil White about their new book “Unplugged: Evolve from technology to upgrade your fitness, performance & consciousness.” Brian is an athletic and conditioning expert, and a NYT Bestselling author. Phil is an athlete and an Emmy-nominated writer and together with Dr. Andy Galpin, they’ve collaborated to write “Unplugged.” Hear how the mania for “plugging-in” for fitness is self-defeating. The authors are hoping that we can move beyond the tech back to an understanding of our own bodies. Listen to hear how by minimizing our technical dependence, we will enjoy fitness more.
John Assaraf (@johnassaraf) is a speaker, a NYT bestselling author of books including “The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life” and “Having It All” and a successful entrepreneur with several million dollar companies. John has learned from his own experiences and he and Mark discuss everything from the importance of mindset and having control over your emotions to achieve success to the importance of mentors and of being ready to be guided. Listen to this episode to hear how John overcame a difficult youth to achieve huge entrepreneurial success, set and achieve your goal and build your confidence.
Lori Harder is a leading expert in the field of fitness, transformational work, self love and mindfulness. She’s a fitness model, speaker and podcaster as the host of the podcast “Earn Your Happy.” Mark and Lori find many commonalities between the kind of mental exercises that she does and his integrated approach. Listen to this episode and hear how you can use Unbeatable Mind techniques in different ways and places.