TSL let's get it! This week's episode comes from the book, "Becoming Bulletproof. Protect Yourself. Read People. Influence Situations. Live Fearlessly," written by Evy Pompouras. Pompouras.
I couldn't think of a better book to help you build your mental endurance, build and fortify your mental armor than from the special agent for the Secret Service who was assigned to protect the most powerful person in the world, the President of the United States. Yes that Evy Pompouras.
How do you not crack under pressure, be accurate, and not let outside forces screw with your emotions? That's why I chose this book for this week's episode.
You don't have to be a David Goggins to become more mentally tough. Like any skill it's something that you can slowly build into using the concept of hormesis.
Think of a flu vaccine. Small doses of the virus are injected into your bloodstream to build your endurance. That's hormesis.
Lifting weights is hormesis. The gradual increasing of the weight creates micro-stressors that build up your muscles and develop the calouses on your hands.
Using this idea, find the thing you are most fearful of and gradually do more of it. For instance if you're terrified of speaking in public, go speak at a Kindergarten career day or go live on social media. Both of these bear low-stake consequences.
I promise you that you will have to speak publically one day. Saying a prayer at a company function. Introducing a special guest. Making a presentation or speaking at a loved one's funeral. Be ready when you're tapped.
Here is a 5 step process to building and fortifying yoru mental armor:
1. Expose yourself to the thing you most fear.
2. Experience how you feel in the moment. Take note of your F3 response: Fight, flight, or freeze.
3. Adjust. Make