Nov 22, 2022
“I appreciate you talking about all my successes, but oh man have I struggled a lot. And, I really think authentic change comes from facing that friction and going all in on it,” shares Alden Mills, CEO of Perfect Fitness, three time Navy SEAL, division I athlete, best-selling author, and advisor to chief level executives and board members. Today he discusses how to embrace authentic change and be an unstoppable leader.
Alden faced many challenges along his path to success starting from a very young age when he was diagnosed with asthma and smaller than normal lungs. In spite of these difficulties, he did not allow them to deter him from getting involved in sports and Navy Seal training. Even when he was almost medically dropped from Seal training, he did not give up on his dreams. Alden explains that people are always more likely to choose pleasure over pain, but that change comes from embracing the pain and pushing through it. It is always more comfortable to stay put in what is familiar, but when the fear of not moving forward becomes too great, then it is time to make a change. Alden shares the importance of congruence, explaining that when what you think and what you desire align, that is the ticket to being able to be persistent through any challenges that arise.
To truly be unstoppable you must be willing to embrace change even in the face of adversity. You must stay persistent and be willing to try new ways of doing things in order to achieve success. Being successful and unstoppable does not mean that you will never face hardships or that it won’t be a painful journey, rather it means that you will embrace the pain and push through it, because you know what is on the other side of that pain is worthwhile.
“I appreciate you talking about all my successes, but oh man have I struggled a lot. And I think authentic change comes from facing that friction and going all in on it.” (2:37-2:52 | Alden)
“The old adage, you got to see to believe is inaccurate. It's the inverse, we’ve got to believe before we can see.” (6:38-6:49 | Alden)
“When you start thinking persistency, it’s not about just doing the same thing over and over and over again. It's about constantly evaluating and looking at new ways to do something, and trying with full vigor. It isn't just going through the motions.” (6:50-7:05 | Alden)
“There's two basic fears we grapple with. The fear of staying put and the fear of moving forward. And until the fear of staying put is greater than the fear of moving forward, we’re going to stay put.” (8:04-8:24 | Alden)
“I first think it comes down to asking yourself, honestly, authentically, what do you want?” (21:01-21:09 | Alden)
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Learn more about Alden Mills
Website | alden-mills.com
Facebook | facebook.com/UnstoppableAldenMills/
Twitter | twitter.com/aldenmills
Instagram | instagram.com/alden_mills/
LinkedIn | linkedin.com/in/aldenmills/
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