Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Still Ticking After 27 Years of Service


27 years ago I entered the Army on what was supposed to be a 3 year enlistment and I am still serving today. Though there have been ups and downs, I generally wake up every morning FIRED UP to be a member of the Army Team. I decided to celebrate the anniversary of my 27th year of service by working out with cadets and faculty members at West Point. It was a challenging workout and as I reflected back on the past 27 years I realized that as I grew and developed as a leader, so did my love for physical fitness. Through physical fitness individuals learn how to push themselves and overcome challenges. 





After 27 years my body bears the scars of war but I make the most of every morning.

Monday, September 1, 2014

25,000 Mornings: Make the MOST of Every One of Them






In his article "You get 25,000 mornings as an adult. Here are 8 ways to not waste them" James Clear writes that we will wake up for approximately 25,000 mornings as adults  and lists 8 ways to get the most out of the morning.

After reading and reflecting on the article;  Number 8 "Develop a “pre–game routine” to start your day" really connected with me. He writes  "What you do each morning is an indicator of how you approach your entire day. It’s the choices that we repeatedly make that determine the life we live, the health we enjoy, and the work we create.", and asks the reader what they will do with their 25,000 mornings.

I used to take mornings for granted, but morning number 6,140 of my adult life was almost my last. On April 9th 2004 I led my Cavalry Scout Platoon on an attack to seize a bridge in Al Kut, Iraq. I almost did not make it another morning. I was seriously wounded in the fight along with 9 of my soldiers . It took awhile but I had a great recovery due to family and friends and community.

Pretty much every morning since my recovery (the past 3,000 plus mornings) I have embraced life to the fullest to include physical fitness, and with approximately 14, 000 mornings left in my adult life I wake up and CRUSH IT daily.



This morning for example, I was with Team RWB- West Point doing the "Hill of Death" WOD in which we ran up a hill that had numerous functional fitness stations every few hundred yards.


How will you make the MOST of your mornings?  FIRED UP!!!




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Jonathan is an experienced leader and coach with a proven record of leading and developing others to perform at higher levels and improve their overall effectiveness. He has a passion for learning and developing others to improve as leaders. Jonathan brings lessons from over 25 years of experience leading in U.S. Army Infantry, Cavalry, and Armor units in a wide range of assignments, to include leading soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. He is a decorated veteran and a recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. Jonathan served as a faculty member at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY before transitioning from the Army in 2015. He is a certified Executive Coach and operates his own leadership coaching business. Check out his website here: http://www.quicksmartsleadership.com