BHP 046: Scott McGee | Strength is a Choice
This week on the Better Human Project, we’ve got a powerful conversation about grit, character, will, & the decision to choose strength with father, husband, law enforcement professional, and peaceful warrior, Scott McGee.
STRENGTH IS A CHOICE
Physical strength is great, but this statement – like this conversation with Scott – applies far beyond the physical.
Something I’ll never forget from Scott: “Littering is a test of character”.
To me, no statement better summarizes what Scott is all about.
It’s a twist on the Buddhist saying “how you do anything is how you do everything.”
Strength is a choice.
The host of The Sisu Way podcast, Scott reveals the trying life experiences that led to his embracing of the sisu way – including the passing of his father and birth of his first son – within the same week.
As Scott says: Health is Wealth. Vulnerability is Strength. Strength is a Choice. You are the Master of your Fate. You are the Captain of your Soul. Be Unconquerable!
Episode 046: Scott McGee Show Notes:
Appreciate your belongings. They aren’t just things or stuff. They’re extensions of who you are, what you do and why you’re here.
How we do anything is how we do everything. Preparation, research, planning, respect.
Be vulnerable and share with your loved ones. Scott’s father died writing a letter to his unborn grandchild. Never take the moment you have now for granted.
Through unbeatable odds, Scott’s son Connors chose strength, survived and inspired Scott’s Sisu Way journey
Scott’s career in law enforcement: empathy, humility, and the human desire for connection
Nature of Law enforcement is being exposed to human trauma, daily.
Public service professionals(Police, Firefighters, EMT’s, Doctors, Nurses) are asked to bear witness to the worst of our human experience. Where is the discussion around proper management of stress?
Change your perspective / position in a traumatic memory.
Use routine cues in your life to trigger down-regulating. Box breathing at red lights.
Use a 1 part inhale 2 part exhale breath to handle stress in the moment. As soon as you feel it creep in.
Be a lighthouse. Bring empathy to those in more unfortunate circumstances.
Strength is choice. (Requires awareness)
Knowing how and when to dive in or pull back from a situation. Yelling at your kids etc.
Be & Do Better:
Be in appreciation, not expectation.
Make a conscious effort to make a positive impact in the people around you.