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Episode 87 – Mental Toughness: How to Navigate Extreme Stress

Many reasons explain why a growing number of people are stressed out today. Mental toughness makes it possible to put stress to work for us. With the right tools and skills, daily battles soon turn into sweet victories and we're able to liberate thebest in our teams to achieve more.

Colonel Deb Lewis is a West Point graduate from its first class with women. A retired Army Colonel and Harvard MBA, Deb commanded three US Army Corps of Engineer Districts, including a $2.1B reconstruction program in combat. She survived the 9/11 Pentagon attack while serving on the Joint Staff antiterrorism team. Colonel Deb’s experiences leading while under fire inspired her unique 'Mentally Tough Women' (MTW)program to help women handle more stress - not de-stress - and put it to work for them. MTW arms women (and enlightened men!) with the proven strategies, insights, and tools they need in good times and times of crisis.

After a 34-year military career, Colonel Deb and husband Doug Adams embarked on the Duty, Honor, America Tour October 7, 2010. She drove their RV 26K miles as Doug bicycled 18,067 miles through all 50 states in one year in support of the U.S. military, veterans, and families. They continue to work with non-profits, businesses, andleaders to lift up communities.

"The better you get at handling stress, the easier it becomes to do insanely hard things and really love doing it."
Here are some of the things we talked about on the show:
· The dominant mindset towards stress and why is that important
· The #1 problem ready to undermine the best intentions and efforts of leaders and managers
· Warning signs should we look for that contribute to (the #1 problem you discussed earlier)
· What role can leaders take to achieve greater success - no matter how much stress they face - and put stress to work for them

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