What Drill Sergeants Can Teach You About Motivations | Spartan Up #221

What Drill Sergeants Can Teach You About Motivations | Spartan Up #221

2010 Drill Sergeant of the Year Melissa Solomon

Watch 2010 Drill Sergeant of the Year puts Joe De Sena in his place. Sergeant 1st Class Melissa Solomon has a deep understanding of what it takes to motivate.  She should, she’s a top professional. She knows fitness too! 1SG Solomon leads trainings in the Army Master Fitness Course to “create personal trainers in each company of 150 soldiers, to have them perform in optimal health.” Trained in how to master resiliency, she gives you tools for when “things aren't going your way- don’t quit- find another way and problem solve!” In this episode, wasting time and potential are not tolerated!

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  1. If your message isn’t getting across, regroup and rethink
  2. To do your job well empower others
  3. Give tasks that people are likely to fail to establish a baseline
  4. Find alternate solutions and don’t quit
  5. Be a sponge: coachable and teachable
  6. Test your limits  
  7. Relinquish some of the comforts of home, embrace stress
  8. Find your core resilience
  9. Be mindful of your time, don’t waste it!
  10. Find what motivates you - surround yourself with a “personal board of directors”
  11. Write down what you want - set dates to achieve those goals
  12. Have the tools you need - remove the excuses
  13. Be a part of something bigger than “just you”
  14. React to obstacles in a productive manner
  15. Don’t make monsters out of challenges - just face them


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0:00 Introduction

1:30 Athletic Greens special offer

1:56 Interview begins (you won’t want to miss this!)

2:40 how to become a drill sergeant

3:15 getting your message across

4:05 how do you tell a good recruit?

4:30 don’t quit

5:15 facing the brink of failure

5:45 pushing beyond limits

6:20 where does core resilience show up ?

7:30 how do you reach your goals

8:25 what are you motivated by ?

9:45 tips and tricks

11:00 ditch the excuses

12:40 drill sergeant burpees

13:00 Athletic Greens break

14:50 interview continues

15:30 Army Master Fitness Course

17:40 go out and get what you want

20:00 the Master Resilience Training Course

22:25 Sefra, Johnny, Joe and Joe Di discuss the interview

26:17 Athletic Greens special offer: AthleticGreens.com/Spartan



Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye  and guest host Joe Di

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty


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