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Today’s Conversation on The Game Changer Podcast, Is a Game Changer For ME! with Andrew Wittman, PhD – Game Changer for ME!

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May 2, 2016


Of every interview I have done, this one I am most fired up about!  Once you hear about our similarities, it might be understandable why I would say that.  But it’s not JUST what Andrew Wittman and I have in common, that has me losing sleep.  It’s that this conversation has not left me for a minute, since we had it.  In fact, you will see some changes and shifts here at Inner North Star and at The Game Changer Podcast because of it.  Being in private practice for over a decade, I know that what you believe to be true, will be.  So having command of your mindset, isn’t just important- it’s truly critical.  And while we are talking about what’s critical, being really clear about what matters and your mission is also vitally important.  This conversation provided laser clarity for me, which fires me up beyond measure.  Alright, for now, I will step aside and tell you about our conversation.  Just realize that timing is everything, and this conversation could not possibly come at a more significant time for me.  Now for the show-

Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t know where that came from, I’m normally not like that,” as they just finished swearing and raising their fist at a driver who just cut them off?  If you want to see someone’s character, watch them under pressure.  Understandably, it’s typically fairly easy for us to manage our response to a situation when it doesn’t involve stress.  So the question then becomes, can we learn to manage our future stress before the crisis arises?

This is not only the conversation I have today with Andrew Wittman PhD, but it is the entire premise behind his company, Get Warrior Tough.  He works with everyone from stay at home moms to CEO’s of large corporations, to help them develop the skills needed for critical thinking, especially when under pressure.  Studies have shown that under stress, we only are able to utilize roughly 20 percent of the options we actually have available in that moment.  So if we could literally train ourselves on how to access that other 80 percent, wouldn’t it stand to reason that we would make a lot better decisions more of the time?  Especially at the times when those decisions really matter… when they are critical.

Speaking with Andrew was truly like chatting with an old friend I haven’t seen for a while.  We are both military veterans; he is a former police officer (also taught high-threat diplomatic security to former Navy SEALS, Rangers, and Special Forces), and I was a firefighter. Thus we had plenty to chat about regarding responding to emergency situations.  We both learned long ago, if you allow someone else’s emergency to become your own, you no longer can be part of the solution, you are now part of the problem.  Those jobs required mental toughness and the ability to have clarity under extreme stress… skills that apply to all aspects of life.  I hope you enjoy this episode today on The Game Changer Podcast, and that this conversation has you considering how you respond when you are under stress.  Maybe this is the time to tap into that other 80 percent of your brain that has the answer you need, when you need it the most!

With Game Changing Gratitude,

Michelle Dutro

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  1. Michelle,
    I had an absolute blast hanging out with you! Buckle up!
    Boo yah!

    • michelledutro says:

      As did I! I look forward to many more conversations! Keep up the heat Andrew, your work is soooo needed! Michelle